This video from WatchMojo is a few years old, so it can be forgiven some of the glaring omissions in their list and the weird inclusion of things like the Thomas Jane Punisher film or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990 style). Obviously things like Civil War, Man of Steel and Thor: Ragnarok should now be on this list. I’m a little baffled as to even from the Reeve years, how a Superman III entry made this list. To be honest, though I normally hail WatchMojo’s lists, this one is kind of a puzzle to me, and I would probably only include three or four of their picks on my list. The film, again, that definitely is missing is Captain America: Civil War in which you could pick the brawl at the airport or the final fight between Cap and Iron Man or BOTH. What’s missing from here for you? Ok, what’s MOST OBVIOUSLY missing here for you.
Next week the 17th installment of the MCU roars into theaters featuring a Thor/Hulk team-up in Thor: Ragnarok. Hulk has been one of the most troublesome characters in the MCU’s history in and out of the movie theater. The Incredible Hulk was the 2nd installment in the MCU, the first to feature characters crossing over between films (Tony’s post-credit scene with Gen. Ross), and the first to feature a casting change. Edward Norton was-whatever Marvel wants to call it-fired for complaining to the press about the cut of director Louis Leterrier’s final film. And he was absolutely right. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: The Incredible Hulk (2008) “Hulk vs. Abomination”
Why isn’t a solo Hulk film on the Marvel schedule anywhere? The schedule is laid out through The Inhumans closing Phase 3 in 2019 and there is nary a big, green guy on it. After The Avengers, the Hulk was the break-out character of that film and it seems natural that Marvel would want to capitalize on that. Plus, given where Avengers: Age of Ultron ended, an adaptation of Greg Pak’s Planet Hulk storyline would seem a natural segue. It isn’t going to happen and this is why: while Marvel has the production rights to a solo Hulk movie, Universal Studios still owns the rights to distribute the film. This is exactly the same dilemma that held up production on The Hobbit films for a decade.
I’ll paste Geek Tyrant’s summary of the court’s ruling on the matter that came via Forbes, but to be honest, I think you may just see a Red Hulk on the screen before you see Bruce again. Just take a look at the cast list for Captain America: Civil War and you’ll see that William Hurt is returning as General Thunderbolt Ross after nearly a decade. Is Rulk going to be added to the MASSIVE Marvel buffet that is Cap 3? We’ll find out next May.
The report states that Universal no longer has the production rights to the Hulk. Marvel currently has them, and has had them since 2005. But Universal still holds the distribution rights on a solo Hulk movie. So if Marvel were to make a new Hulk film, Universal would be given the option of “First Refusal.” Only if they passed on the project would Disney be allowed to take over the distribution rights of that movie.
There are a few other factors that play into the reason why Marvel isn’t looking to make another solo Hulk movie yet. The real issue doesn’t lay with Marvel not being able to work something out with Universal. Forbes points out that the high cost of production and marketing for a Hulk film, mixed with the disappointing box office results of the two previous films, are a huge reason a Hulk solo film isn’t happening anytime soon. They also point out the obvious, and that is that the character simply works better as an ensemble team player with the Avengers.
Eight new photos in HD and a new official synopsis that confirms, among other things, that Tony Stark will be the one who creates Ultron (it’s Hank Pym – the character Michael Douglas will play in Ant-Man- in the comics). This all looks fantastic; the second trailer was jaw-dropping. The only bummer is that Joss Whedon has already confirmed that this will probably be his last Avengers flick. On the other hand, the top names I’ve heard for Avengers: Infinity War Parts One and Two are the Russo Brothers who didn’t do too shabby a job with last year’s Captain America The Winter Soldier. Enjoy the Avengery goodness on Super Bowl Hangover Day! Avengers: Age of Ultron opens wide May 1, 2015. Continue reading New Age of Ultron Photos and Synopsis!!!