After years of being tied up at Universal, the rights for both The Hulk and Namor The Sub Mariner are going back to Marvel Studios. Marvel Studios shared the rights with Universal for years but could legally only have the character show up in team up films or Avengers films. Namor on the other hand has been sidelined mainly due to him being a mutant and having such close ties to the Fantastic Four & the X-Men.
If you are wondering who Namor is, he’s marvel comics first mutant and pretty much their answer to Aquaman, just more of an asshole.
This might be why rumbles of Namor appearing in the Black Panther 2 movie have gained steam, as well as why Marvel Studios is allowed to make a She-Hulk series for Disney+.
Hulk has been one of the most popular characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universeever since Mark Ruffalo took over the role from Edward Norton; that film was initially part of Marvel Studios’ push to create a shared universe. The Incredible Hulk even featured Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in a post-credits scene, and William Hurt’s General Thunderbolt Ross has since appeared in Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame, with a role to come in this year’s Black Widow.
But that film was released before Disney purchased Marvel, and Marvel Studios itself made multiple deals to get the shared universe off the ground. Since then, there has been rumblings about a Hulk movie, though none of them came together because of the complicated film rights.
Last year, Marvel creative boss Kevin Feige teased that he spoke with Ruffalo about future ideas for the Hulk, indicating that they could come together.
Avengers: Endgame is now streaming on Disney+.