Marvel fans have been hoping to one day see a standalone Hulk movie, but we all know that can't really happen because of the rights issues that Marvel has with Universal Pictures. That's ok, though, because Marvel has planned a three-film story arc for Hulk and it all starts with Thor: Ragnarok! After that, the next two chapters of his three-arc story will be told in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4.
The news comes from Mark Ruffalo himself during an interview with CinemaBlend that the Hulk will get his own trilogy built into these stories. He explains:
"So basically, Kevin [Feige] 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.' And I was like, 'That sounds great!' And so we are at the beginning of this arc."
That's pretty rad! Thor: Ragnarok will be the first time that we've seen the Hulk since Avengers: Age of Ultron. One of my biggest questions about all this is, will this three-film story arc bring an end to his character or will it keep it open for more Hulk greatness? I'd personally love to see Hulk and Spider-Man get their own team-up movie because that would be awesome.
Ruffalo goes on to hint at where the story for Hulk is going and that hint comes in the fact that Hulk is starting to speak.
"Hulk speaking is the start to separating of these two individuals, these identities in this split-identity person, and where that's going to end up going. So it was really interesting to me. He's like a baby! He's like a five year old or six year old. So he has the same syntax, he has the same world view, and so it was fun. It's like Chris [Hemsworth] - we all got to reinvent our characters in this."
It sounds like we will eventually see Hulk and Bruce Banner will split into two different people like they did in the comics. When Hulk wanted to be free from Banner he went to Dr. Doom who could grant him that. How? He cuts open Hulk’s skull and removed everything about Banner from his brain and moved it into a cloned body of Banner.
I seriously doubt they would go that route in the MCU, mostly because they can't use Dr. Doom, but if they do end up splitting Bruce and Hulk into two different individuals, I'm sure they'll find a way.
Where would you like to see Hulk's story arc in the MCU go?