Mark Ruffalo’s time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe might be near an end. After starring in all of Marvel’s major crossover projects (with the exception of Captain America: Civil War), Hulk’s future in the MCU is more uncertain than ever. Although the character survived the battle with Thanos (Josh Brolin) in Avengers: Endgame, inside sources claim that Marvel is planning on killing him off in She-Hulk.
Marvel says goodbye to some of the original Avengers
Marvel will be introducing a host of new characters in Phase 4 of the MCU. The studio bid farewell to some of its main heroes in Endgame, including the likes of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson).
The future of other characters, like Ruffalo’s Hulk, remains uncertain, while some fan favorites have been given their own shows on Disney+. Most of Marvel’s upcoming television shows will have an impact on the MCU, but it is unclear how much crossover will actually happen.
Right now, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Hulk are the only high-profile characters left standing. Thor will appear in at least one more stand-alone film when Thor: Love and Thunder hits theaters in 2022.
But Hulk’s future in the MCU is very unclear. Marvel has not said anything about giving Ruffalo his own movie, and sources now claim that the studio will kill off Hulk in the upcoming She-Hulk series.
Will Marvel kill off Ruffalo’s Hulk in ‘She-Hulk’?
The main problem with Hulk is that Universal owns the rights to the character, which is one reason why Marvel has not developed a solo movie for the character. And with the studio exploring a soft reboot in Phase 4, it is entirely possible that Hulk’s days are numbered.
Taking things further, an inside source recently told We Got This Covered that Marvel will be killing off Hulk when it debuts its new She-Hulk series on Disney+. The insider claims that Hulk will meet his end in a future season of the show after sacrificing himself for his cousin, Jennifer Walters.
The source did not reveal any more specifics about Hulk’s death. Considering how Hulk is pretty much indestructible in the comics, it will be interesting to see how Marvel deals with his death.
Marvel, of course, has not confirmed any of the reports surrounding Hulk’s future in the MCU. We do know that Ruffalo is set to reprise his role in the series, but we still do not know how much he will be involved in the project.
Which DC villains could kill Hulk?
The idea that Hulk will die in She-Hulk has sparked various theories about which villains might facilitate his destruction. Although there are few bad guys capable of killing Hulk in the MCU, there are several DC villains who are up to the challenge.
A list of DC characters who could defeat Hulk in a one-on-one battle includes the likes of Trigon, Imperiex, Anti-Monitor, Atrocitus, and Darkseid. These villains possess important powers that give them an edge over Hulk, despite his invincibility.
Marvel, of course, does not have any of these characters at its disposal. And with Thanos now out of the picture, there is no telling who the studio will have take down Hulk.
Whoever it is, there is a good chance they will go on to play an important part in the MCU.
MCU Phase 4 delay
Marvel recently confirmed that all of its films in the MCU will be delayed by several months due to the coronavirus pandemic. We do not know how these delays will affect the shows on Disney+, but the studio may have just revealed its upcoming television schedule.
The streaming service recently debuted in Western Europe, and Disney+ France released a schedule for upcoming Marvel shows, which may or may not be accurate.
If the information is correct, then Marvel plans on releasing Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, and What If…? in 2021. For 2022, fans will get to stream Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, and Moon Knight.
Marvel has not confirmed any of these release dates.