Marvel Studios' Hulk Rights Clarified

Marvel obviously holds the production rights to make Hulk movies, but the distribution rights belong to Universal.

AceShowbiz - While several Marvel movies have already gotten sequels, fans have wondered when "The Incredible Hulk" might get its own sequel. Previous reports claimed that the Hulk's solo movie rights were still owned by Universal. However, newest reports reveal that it's not the reason why Marvel hasn't developed a solo film for Hulk up until now.

Back in April, Mark Ruffalo said, "As far as a Hulk movie, a standalone Hulk movie, Marvel doesn't really have the rights to that yet. That's still Universal's property, so there's that issue. That's a big impediment to moving forward with that. Now I don't think that's insurmountable, by the way, but I don't know where it's going from here for me."

What Ruffalo previously explained doesn't seem to be accurate. Forbes points out that the real situation is Marvel obviously has the cinematic rights to make Hulk movies, but the studio does not obtain the distribution rights. It is Universal which holds those rights and if one day Universal chooses to forgo distribution, then Disney will gain the distribution rights for the Hulk movie.

Besides the distribution and production rights issues, there are some other reasons why the Hulk sequel is not moving forward. One of the reasons is that the production cost and marketing cost are presumed to be high. The original film in 2008 which earned just around $263 million worldwide is also a big consideration for the studio. It seems like Hulk is better when he joins other superheroes outside his own title, such as when he made appearance in "The Avengers" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron".

In other news, Ruffalo revealed how many films he had left to portray the giant superhero following his appearance in "Avengers: Age of Ultron". "I think it's four now, but that could always go further. That could include different - I could show up in another character's movie; I could do Avengers 3 and 4; I could do a Hulk standalone; I could do a combination of those things. That's four or five, I think," the actor said. It means that he may appear in "Avengers: Infinity War Part I" and "Avengers: Infinity War Part II".

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