Ruffalo Talks Hulk’s Role In Thor & Beyond

Doing some end of year promotional rounds for his indie drama “Infinitely Polar Bear,” actor Mark Ruffalo spoke this week about his return as Bruce Banner (The Incredible Hulk) in “Thor: Ragnarok” which begins shooting early-mid next year.

Ruffalo tells AICN that he has yet to read the script, but he does have an idea as to where things are headed and seems certain the Hulk’s fate at the end of the events of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (ie. his going off the grid) will be followed-up on:

“He’s on the run. I think that we carry that through. It’s not just a matter of taking himself to some remote place and hiding. Now he’s removing himself from humanity altogether. I’m not sure where we’re going to head with that, but I’m sure that’s probably still very much alive within him.”

The actor also suggests that the two personalities of Bruce & The Hulk may ended up merging to some extent:

“It’s very subtle, but the Banner/Hulk consciousness is beginning to meld a little bit,. Who decided to leave? Was it Banner or Hulk? It’s not really in the [cinematic] mythology of Hulk up until that moment to be that conscious and pro-active. It’s interesting, right?

Yeah, I think it [will be fun]. I think it’s really exciting where we could go with it. Now I feel like we’re kind of in No Man’s Land. I mean, the comic books have kind of broached the subject, but we’re moving away from the traditional Hulk/Banner relationship. We’re starting to mess with it a little bit. Now we’re going to see how far we can push the limits of it before people get sick of it.”

One thing we won’t likely see though is The Hulk getting his own film. Marvel Studios owns the rights to use him in other movies and the distribution rights for a solo “Hulk” movie, but the production rights for a solo “Hulk” film still reside at Universal.

Could Marvel and Universal come to an agreement? Ruffalo indicated to Yahoo this week that the chances aren’t good:

“I think they’ve been working on it. Marvel and Universal famously don’t get along very well, and so that’s working against us, definitely. But I know for a fact that everyone is holding out hope that one day we can do it. But the nature of the relationship right now, it’s a little prohibitive. And I hope that changes; that changes with regimes, it changes over the course of time. But right now, it doesn’t look particularly promising.”

“Thor: Ragnarok” is currently targeting a November 3rd 2017 release.