Hulk, the muscle-bound, larger-than-life green
alter-ego of scientist Bruce Banner, appears in the upcoming
"Thor: Ragnarok," out in U.S. theaters on Nov. 3, as a gladiator
trapped on a futuristic planet and forced to fight Thor.
The Hulk will also appear in 2018's "Avengers: Infinity War" and
its sequel, 2019's yet-to-be-titled Avengers 4.
"We've taken the arc of a standalone Hulk movie and put it into
those three movies, consciously," Ruffalo said.
Ruffalo, who has spent more time as scientist Banner than as the
Hulk in the past two Avengers films, said he relished the
opportunity to be in character as the Hulk for the majority of
"This movie is about just breaking free of the forms and rules,
and so I got to break free from what we thought Hulk was to a
slightly more fleshed-out character," he said.
The Hulk, who first appeared in comics in 1962, has had his own
standalone television shows and movies in the past, notably
2003's "Hulk" and 2008's "The Incredible Hulk" films, both from
The cinematic rights to Marvel's Hulk superhero are owned by
Comcast Corp's <CMCSA.O> Universal Pictures, while Walt Disney
Co <DIS.N> owns Marvel studios and is behind the current success
of the superhero movie franchise.
"Ultimately Universal owns the rights there. I don't see them
like hanging out together any time soon to be like 'Hey, let's
do another Hulk movie'," he said.
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)
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