Following Marvel's live-action panel at D23, Disney's biennial convention, Mark Ruffalo told Variety that while he very much wanted a stand-alone movie for Hulk, due to Universal "not playing nicely" it wasn't going to happen.
"I wanna make just one thing perfectly clear today, a standalone Hulk movie will never happen", he replies to a reporter with a smile.
Visibly distraught in knowing he won't star in a Hulk standalone, Ruffalo continued, "We've talked about it, but I just don't see it in the cards... it's okay, I'm fine".
Of all the comic book characters that feature in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's arguably the treatment of The Hulk that makes the least sense.
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Following the screening - which received deafening applause from the audience - Ruffalo spoke to Variety about a potential spin-off of his own. And clearly they don't like money.
His Marvel cohort Don Cheadle busted up Ruffalo, saying it would be awful, anyway, considering the current casting choice for Hulk.
Are you sorry there won't be another standalone Hulk adventure, or just happy we get to keep Ruffalo around in other Marvel movies? But I feel like I have two or three years before I'm too old to play the Hulk. Along with Thor, the hero was entirely absent from Captain America: Civil War, having flown off into the sunset as Sad Hulk at the end of Avengers: Age Of Ultron.
This icon of popular culture was the focus of the second instalment in the juggernaut franchise - 2008's The Incredible Hulk - but has essentially been relegated to the status of supporting role ever since.