Hulk Movie Reportedly Changing Hands from Universal to Disney Soon, Almost Confirming Speculations for MCU’s Rumoured World War Hulk Project

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It seems like finally after years we are going to get another solo Hulk project soon as it is reported that the movie rights are going to be transferred. The last time we saw the alter ego of Bruce Banner getting a whole movie to himself was 2008’s The Incredible Hulk starring Edward Norton as the Gamma radiated superhero. Since then Disney only had the rights to use Bruce Banner in the team-up movies for the MCU but not any solo project. This has also affected the character to a great extent as the character we get to see in recent times is nothing close to what we saw in the comics and to our usual perception related to him.

World War Hulk rumored to be a MCU Disney+ series
World War Hulk is rumored to be in development in MCU

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World War Hulk is in the making?

The rights of the Hulk have always been a great subject of complication due to its movie rights issue. The movie rights of Hulk have always been dynamic unlike the character rights of the other superheroes. While Universal agreed to share the character with the main universe in MCU, it was still not allowed for Disney and Marvel to produce any solo movie on him.

The Incredible Hulk is now part of the Marvel Saga
The rights of Hulk belonged to Universal similar to Spider-Man’s rights in Sony

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This legal tug of war featuring the Gamma radiated warrior has also affected the character very much under the Disney umbrella as over the years we have seen him getting nerfed. There’s little to no similarity between the superhero we saw in The Incredible Hulk or even the Mark Ruffalo version in The Avengers to what we see now in MCU.

Now according to some reports, we may again get to see a full potential Hulk project under the banner of MCU, and Disney as a Reddit user provided some exciting information on the issue thereby proving that Disney may re-attain the rights by 2023. The user presented with some SEC filings which claim that Universal’s deal with Marvel was similar to what they had with Paramount:


“Universal Studios has agreed to distribute Marvel’s film The Incredible Hulk and sequels on essentially the same terms as those on which Paramount has agreed to distribute the other films financed and produced under the film facility.” 

Now the terms to which Paramount decided to distribute the movies state that the Distribution rights will be kept by the Distributing studio for 15 years:

Paramount shall have the right to exercise its Paramount Distribution Rights with respect to each Picture for an initial period of 15 years commencing on the initial Theatrical Exhibition of such Picture (the ‘Initial Distribution Term’);

So if the filings are to be believed then it is almost set that a new World War Hulk project can be soon made in MCU under the Disney umbrella.

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What is the future of Hulk in MCU?

The upcoming Disney+ series She-Hulk: Attorney at Law
The upcoming Disney+ series She-Hulk: Attorney at Law

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If the pieces of evidence turn out to be true then it can be very possible that we may get to watch a Hulk project soon after 2023. As per the ongoing slate, we will get to watch our beloved green superhero in the upcoming She-Hulk series. There had also been rumors that MCU is trying to make a World War Hulk project which will follow the series so now with the reports of the rights fiasco going to be solved, the project can be expected very sooner.

The upcoming series is going to set up Jennifer Walters in MCU who is Bruce Banner’s cousin and will be mentored by him on her journey of becoming the green superheroine.


She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is going to be premiered on August 18, 2022, on Disney+ 

Source: Reddit

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Subham Mandal is currently working as a content writer for FandomWire with an ardent interest in the world of pop culture. He has written more than 1000 articles on different spheres of modern pop culture and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He’s also an experienced student journalist having demonstrated work experience with the Times of India. He aspires to be a column writer in the future.