According to his Avengers co-star, Don Cheadle, though, the real reason Universal won’t play nice is because they want to make money and they “clearly” won’t be able to do so with Ruffalo in the lead.
And given that both previous Hulk movies featured leading men who bowed out of the role immediately afterward, maybe this is all just a clever ruse to keep Ruffalo from falling prey to a jinx. Thankfully the deal does allow the big green guy to keep showing up in the universe itself, and that actually works out cheaper for Marvel and Disney. Ruffalo is the third actor to step into Bruce Banner’s shredded pants in recent years, following disappointing Hulk outings released in 2003 and 2008 starring Eric Bana and Edward Norton, respectively. That’s not to say that the one with Edward Norton wasn’t good, because it was a servicable Hulk film.
It looks like a combination of licensing snags and the ravishes of time are going to permanently kibosh any chance we have of seeing a Mark Ruffalo Hulk movie.
“I want to make one thing perfectly clear today”. During the live-action movies panel, a bunch of the cast from Avengers: Infinity War came out to introduce the first footage from the movie, which absolutely wowed the crowd.
Ruffalo, also stars in the upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War“, was at the event to help Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige share an exclusive trailer of the movie to attendees.