The Hulk returned together with the remainder of the unique Avengers in Avengers: Endgame, however what does his future within the Marvel Cinematic Universe appear like now? Hulk is exclusive among the many members of Marvel Studios’ flagship superhero workforce, in that he is the one character for whom Marvel can not make solo films (since these rights belong to Common Photos). Regardless of this, Bruce Banner has managed to eke out an intriguing character arc by ensemble films and his “guest” look in Thor: Ragnarok.

Issues took a flip for Bruce in Avengers: Infinity War when, within the Avengers’ most vital battle but, the Hulk refused to return out and play. Then, in Endgame, issues obtained even stranger when the Avengers sought out Bruce and located that he had managed to merge his two personalities to create Smart Hulk – all of Bruce Banner’s science genius, wrapped up in Hulk’s brawny inexperienced physique. After Thanos was lastly defeated for good, Hulk’s remaining scene concerned sending Captain America again in time to switch the Infinity Stones, and Bruce considerably light into the background as Cap obtained his emotional send-off.

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This leaves Hulk’s future within the MCU fairly open. With Iron Man and Black Widow useless, Steve Rogers now an previous man, Hawkeye returned to his household, and Thor off in house with the Guardians of the Galaxy, it appears like Hulk is the final authentic Avenger left at HQ – and he too would possibly go off and do his personal factor (because the Avengers normally do in between their team-up films). Out of all the unique Avengers, nonetheless, Hulk’s future within the MCU Section Four is perhaps probably the most sophisticated.

Marvel Cannot Make Solo Hulk Motion pictures

Edward Norton as Bruce Banner in The Incredible Hulk

In the identical 12 months that Iron Man kicked off the MCU, Common Photos launched an MCU film as nicely: The Incredible Hulk, starring Edward Norton as Bruce Banner. It served the character nicely as an origin story, however outdoors of occasional references (like Bruce recalling the time he “broke Harlem“) and the eventual return of William Damage as Thunderbolt Ross, it is easy to overlook that Unimaginable Hulk is an MCU film. Not solely was the position of Bruce Banner quickly recast with Mark Ruffalo, there additionally hasn’t been a standalone Hulk film since.

In principle, Marvel Studios might add another solo Hulk movie to the MCU slate… however it is most unlikely to occur. Common has a “first refusal” possibility on Hulk’s film rights, which implies that if Marvel wished to make a Hulk solo film, it could first have to supply Common the choice of distributing it (much like how Sony Photos distributes the MCU Spider-Man films). That is a serious disincentive for Marvel, because it means splitting the income on any Hulk solo enterprise, so as a substitute the studio got here up with a workaround: that includes Hulk as a supporting character in team-ups and different character’s films. Thus far, this method has labored surprisingly nicely, permitting Marvel to give Hulk a three-movie arc with out truly giving him a Hulk film.

Avengers: Endgame Ends Hulk’s Three-Film Arc

In 2017, Mark Ruffalo revealed that Thor: Ragnarok – through which Thor finds Hulk dwelling a brand new life as a gladiator on the planet Sakaar – was the beginning of a new Hulk trilogy, with a transparent character arc by three ensemble films. As Ruffalo defined, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige requested for his perception on what course the character ought to take, and hatched a plan for executing a three-act story by Hulk’s subsequent three film appearances:

“Kevin pulled me aside before this, and said, ‘If you were gonna do a… if we were going to do a standalone Hulk movie, what would it be?’ And I said, ‘I think it should be this, this, this, and this and this, and ends up like this.’ And he’s like, ‘I love that. Why don’t we do that in the next three movies, starting with Thor 3 and then we go into Avengers 3 and 4.'”

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Avengers: Endgame marked not solely the fruits of a narrative arc that the MCU has been constructing since 2012’s The Avengers, however was additionally successfully the ultimate act of Hulk’s present character arc – and it wraps it up fairly neatly. The “Hulk trilogy” started with Ragnarok, a film the place Hulk was maintaining Bruce suppressed, after which continued with Infinity Conflict, a film the place Hulk refused to return to the floor. By uniting these two excessive alter egos, Avengers: Endgame created, as Good Hulk put it, “the most effective of each worlds.” Nonetheless, on condition that the wrestle between his mild-mannered scientist aspect and his inexperienced rage monster aspect has been a core a part of Bruce’s character up till Endgame, we now need to marvel what battle will substitute that wrestle within the MCU Section 4.

Mark Ruffalo Nonetheless Has MCU Motion pictures On His Contract

One of many upsides to Hulk not getting his personal trilogy of solo films (like Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man) is that Ruffalo has been working by his six-movie contract with Marvel at fairly a sedate tempo. Ruffalo has up to now starred in The Avengers, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: Ragnarok, and Avengers: Infinity Conflict, so after Avengers: Endgame he is nonetheless dedicated for yet another film.

Against this, some MCU actors got here to the end of their six-movie contracts with Endgame – most notably, Captain America actor Chris Evans, and Thor actor Chris Hemsworth. Whereas Hemsworth appears amenable to continuing as Thor within the wake of Thor: Ragnarok‘s success, Evans has overtly stated that Avengers: Endgame is his last MCU movie, and Endgame additionally stated a tearful goodbye to Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man. As the largest stars of the MCU are departing, it’s going to make room for the extra sidelined characters to maneuver into extra distinguished roles.

Hulk Is An Simpler Character To Hold Round Than Captain America Or Iron Man

The Avengers Iron Man The Hulk Thor Black Widow Captain America

Hulk’s relative lack of solo films has added longevity to the character in ways in which transcend Ruffalo’s contract with the studio. Like different “supporting Avengers” – Black Widow and Hawkeye being the plain examples – Hulk nonetheless has a substantial amount of unexplored potential throughout the MCU. Iron Man has loved three solo films, an Avengers film largely primarily based across the penalties of his vanity (Age of Ultron), a supporting position in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and what was principally a co-lead position in Captain America: Civil Conflict. He was additionally one of the vital distinguished superheroes in Avengers: Infinity Conflict, and lastly obtained to get pleasure from a suitably heroic demise in Avengers: Endgame.

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Against this, we have barely scratched the floor of Hulk’s potential within the films. Between all the varied threats to the planet, Bruce’s romance with Black Widow has been sidelined to the purpose of close to non-existence, with the 2 sharing little greater than a greeting in Avengers: Infinity Conflict. Admittedly that exact subplot has had a lukewarm reception from followers, however that is primarily as a result of it has been given so little room. Positive, Black Widow was killed off in Endgame, however she’s returning for a solo movie in Phase 4 and it would not be in any respect stunning if Marvel discovered a approach to carry her again to life.

On a sensible degree, Hulk can be simple to maintain round as a result of each time the “Big Guy” is in play, the character is solely CGI. “The Hulk” – as he normally seems on posters and in trailers – is most recognizable in his reworked state. The position has already been recast as soon as, and if Ruffalo ever does resolve that he is sick of taking part in the position, Marvel might fairly feasibly recast the character once more.

Hulk Tales That Might Be Explored After Avengers: Endgame

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There are numerous nice Hulk comedian arcs that many followers would like to see, however we have now to bear in mind the truth that Marvel Studios is extraordinarily unlikely to make a Hulk solo film. The character’s Planet Hulk arc was partly integrated into Thor: Ragnarok, however was essentially stripped right down to the purpose that the one plot parts included have been Hulk hitting a wormhole and crashing on Sakaar, and Hulk taking over a brand new life as a gladiator.

Simply as Hulk was a supporting character in Ragnarok, his future within the MCU after Avengers: Endgame will almost certainly encompass ensemble films and offering back-up in different characters’ solo films. With that in thoughts, the obvious place for Hulk to crop up subsequent could be within the deliberate Black Widow solo film, as a love curiosity/backup for Natasha Romanoff – however if the rumors of Black Widow being a prequel movie show correct, the continuation of Bruce and Natasha’s romance might be foiled once more.

Apparently, Hulk has now joined Thor in straddling the barrier between the cosmic and Earth-based worlds of the MCU. As a scientist, Bruce could nicely have gotten a style for interstellar journey, and as such might crop up in cosmic tales like Guardians of the Galaxy 3 or perhaps a sequel to Captain Marvel. Or, assuming all goes easily with Disney’s acquisition of Fox, Hulk might assist to usher within the Incredible 4 each time they get their first MCU film. The power of the MCU’s Hulk is that, as a result of he is been established as an ensemble character, he can soar from franchise to franchise with out it feeling unnatural – and followers can get an actual kick out of say, Bruce hanging out with the Guardians, or Hulk getting right into a brawl with The Factor.

The post-Avengers: Endgame future is trying unsure proper now, however as a personality who has been round because the very begin of the MCU, Hulk might be simply the enormous inexperienced rage monster we have to usher within the subsequent section of tales.

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Key Launch Dates
  • Captain Marvel (2019) launch date: Mar 08, 2019