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MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: Marvel does not own the rights to make an “Incredible Hulk” film.
During Marvel’s announcements last year about their third phase of films, there was some surprise among fans over the lack of a solo “Incredible Hulk” film. This led some to wonder whether Marvel even had the rights to do a Hulk film.
In fact, that’s specifically what reader Paul D. wrote to me a while back asking about. Paul wrote about a quote he saw from Mark Ruffalo where the Hulk actor 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.
This led Paul to note, “So, to me, it now sounds like we were all wrong that Marvel made some deal for a standalone move and some other appearances (sounds a lot like the Spider-Man deal) but Marvel never gained the rights back.” Paul is referring, of course, to the recent deal between Marvel and Sony where they will co-produce a Spider-Man film together and Spider-Man will make at least one appearance in a Marvel Studios film, while Sony will continue to own the movie rights to Spider-Man.
The truth is a bit more complicated than that.
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