Thor: The Dark World is currently in the latter end of its theatrical run and about to cross the $600 million mark, continuing the success of the post-Avengers Marvel Cinematic Universe after Iron Man 3 broke records around the world this summer with its $1.2 billion haul. The following two years already have a pair of movies each in development, three of them sequels and the fourth introducing an new character in Ant-Man.
After that, all we have is speculation and rumors as we wait until next summer (likely at San Diego Comic-Con) to find out what Marvel Studios has in the cards for moviegoers in Phase 3. One of the major questions for fans is whether or not Marvel will give franchise newcomer Mark Ruffalo a chance to take the Hulk character on a solo adventure and if they do, when? Previous Hulk actor Lou Ferrigno may have part of the answer!
When asked in an interview by Flicks And The City if he'd like to see Ruffalo get a chance at leading his own Hulk solo film, Ferrigno was quick to interrupt with a confident "they are doing another Hulk movie." He says that Hulk was a big star in The Avengers and followed up by claiming Disney agreed to do another Hulk movie and that he thinks it's coming after The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Ferrigno's also interested in playing another character in it, something akin to a military general.
At the very least, in The Avengers 2 and any Hulk-related spinoffs or followups, Ferrigno could voice the big green alter ego while Ruffalo pulls double-duty as Bruce Banner and doing the motion capture work for the physical side of Hulk - like he did in The Avengers.
There were rumors dating back to the release of The Avengers that Marvel Studios could be planning Planet Hulk and World War Hulk films but detractors - including overseer of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Joss Whedon - claim it wouldn't make sense for them to do that since such a project would involve very little Bruce Banner, and all CGI creatures in a landscape far too similar to Disney's financially disastrous John Carter. Whedon even went as far as calling the rumors "nonsense."
Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige however, was more positive about the possibilities and did mention Planet Hulk and World War Hulk were cool stories and that they'd love to see Ruffalo lead his own film. As for Ruffalo himself, he said earlier this year that he'd love to do one eventually but that there were no plans for such a thing.
We do know that Marvel Studios has three confirmed release dates in 2016 and 2017 and we know they're going to have a second film in 2017, making it four theatrical releases in those two years. When we spoke to Feige he confirmed to us that the first movie in each of those two years will be for sequels to established brands, followed by the launch of a new IP or character, explaining that it's the working formula for the studio.
For us, we figure that means Thor 3 in May 2016, Captain America 3 in 2017 and the other two slots going towards introducing Doctor Strange and the other possibly being The Inhumans (which could potentially double as a sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy). In 2018, we can expect The Avengers 3 to kick off the summer so any potential Incredible Hulk 3/Planet Hulk wouldn't come until Phase 3 at the earliest. Perhaps the story of The Avengers 3 could end with Earth's Mightiest heroes launching Ruffalo's Hulk into outer space with the help of the Guardians of the Galaxy when they realize he can't be controlled and is too dangerous.
What would you like to see from a Ruffalo Hulk film and when should Marvel Studios release it?
Thor: The Dark World is currently in theaters, Captain America: The Winter Soldier releases on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 31, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.
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Source: Flicks And The City