With the X-Men and Fantastic Four set to come back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe soon, the only other characters that the studio has a tricky relationship with is Hulk and Namor. It’s been known for a while that Universal held the distribution rights to both characters, but now rumor has come out that things have changed.
According to MCU Cosmic, a reliable source has said that the rights for a solo Hulk movie as well as a Namor film, have now reverted back to Marvel Studios. We have no details as to what happened behind the scenes, but at least now Marvel has a lot more freedom when it comes to these characters.
With Aquaman such a big hit, some think that the best move for Namor would be to make him an antagonist in a film—particularly Black Panther. How interesting would it be if T’Challa went up against someone who isn’t completely a villain, but is still stuck in Wakanda’s old way of staying hidden and mistrusting other countries.
As for Hulk, I don’t know if there’s any room for him to have a solo movie anymore, seeing that Banner’s character arc is completed. At best, we could be getting an origin story that deals with his time before the incident, and maybe it could build up to a She-Hulk series or maybe spinoff franchise.
Then again, this is just a rumor for now. I guess all we can really do is wait and see what happens.
We don’t know if Hulk will appear in the film, but the next MCU movie, Black Widow, is set to hit theaters May 1.