Bat­tle with Thor kicks off three-movie arc for Hulk

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LOS AN­GE­LES: Mar­vel’s big green Hulk may not be get­ting his own stand­alone movie but ac­tor Mark Ruf­falo, who plays the cur­rent it­er­a­tion of the su­per­hero, said the char­ac­ter will get a mini arc within three up­com­ing Mar­vel movies.

Hulk, the mus­cle-bound, larger-than-life green al­terego of sci­en­tist Bruce Ban­ner, ap­pears in the up­com­ing “Thor: Rag­narok,” out in US cin­e­mas on Nov 3, as a gla­di­a­tor trapped on a fu­tur­is­tic planet and forced to fight Thor.

The Hulk will also ap­pear in 2018’s “Avengers: Infi nity War” and its se­quel, 2019’s yet-to-beti­tled Avengers 4.

“We’ve taken the arc of a stand­alone Hulk movie and put it into those three movies, con­sciously,” Ruf­falo said.

Ruf­falo, who has spent more time as sci­en­tist Ban­ner than as the Hulk in the past two Avengers fi lms, said he rel­ished the op­por­tu­nity to be in char­ac­ter as the Hulk for the ma­jor­ity of “Thor: Rag­narok.”

“This movie is about just break­ing free of the forms and rules, and so I got to break free from what we thought Hulk was to a slightly more fleshed- out char­ac­ter,” he said.

The Hulk, who fi rst ap­peared in comics in 1962, has had his own stand­alone tele­vi­sion shows and movies in the past, no­tably 2003’s “Hulk” and 2008’s “The In­cred­i­ble Hulk” fi lms, both from Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures.

The cin­e­matic rights to Mar­vel’s Hulk su­per­hero are owned by Com­cast Corp’s Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures, while Walt Dis­ney Co owns Mar­vel stu­dios and is be­hind the cur­rent suc­cess of the su­per­hero movie fran­chise.

“Ul­ti­mately Uni­ver­sal owns the rights there. I don’t see them like hang­ing out to­gether any time soon to be like ‘Hey, let’s do an­other Hulk movie’,” he said. — Reuters

We’ve taken the arc of a stand­alone Hulk movie and put it into those three movies, con­sciously. Mark Ruf­falo, Hulk ac­tor

(From left) Jeff Gold­blum, Tessa Thomp­son, Taika Waititi, Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hid­dle­ston and Mark Ruf­falo at­tend the world pre­miere of ‘Thor: Rag­narok’ in Los Anges, Cal­i­for­nia, on Wed­nes­day. — Reuters photo

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