Marvel's cinematic success has been monumental, but Hulk, a foundational character, has faced challenges.

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The 2008 film "The Incredible Hulk" marked the MCU's beginning, with Edward Norton and Universal Pictures.

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Marvel Studios, financially strained, once sold character rights (Spider-Man, X-Men) to survive.

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Despite mergers and regained control, solo Hulk movie rights still belong to Universal Pictures.

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The Disney and NBCUniversal Hulu deal has sparked speculation about Hulk's cinematic future.

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Mark Ruffalo, portraying Bruce Banner/Hulk for over a decade, hinted at ongoing discussions for a standalone film.

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Ruffalo took over the Hulk role from Edward Norton in 2012 and has been a consistent presence in the MCU.

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He has appeared in every Avengers film and other franchises like Thor and Shang-Chi.

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Ruffalo's most recent MCU appearance was in a few episodes of "She-Hulk" during the previous summer.

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Beyond Marvel, Ruffalo stars in "Poor Things" alongside Emma Stone and Willem Dafoe, releasing on December 8th.

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