Why The Hulk May Not Get a Solo Film Any Time Soon
2008 was the last time The Hulk got to star in his own film, and since then he's been restricted to ensemble appearances and cameos in his fellow Avengers' solo outings.
And actor Mark Ruffalo does not expect this to change any time soon. Universal holds a "right of first refusal" control over the character, meaning he belongs with them more-so than with Marvel.
The actor does not think the current relationship between the two studios will allow for them to come together to make this film, despite occurrences like it happening in the past. Talking with Yahoo!, Ruffalo had this to say:
"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 that changes, that changes with regimes, it changes over the course of time. But right now it doesn't look particularly promising." With phase three and presumably phase four mapped out, and with The Incredible Hulk being somewhat commercially unsuccessful (by Marvel standards), a solo film certainly wouldn't be a priority right now.
The Hulk will next be sighted in Thor: Ragnarok in 2017.