A new Marvel rumor suggests that there could be a “World War Hulk” movie in development, which would go into production next year.

  • The film would see Mark Ruffalo, who plays Bruce Banner/Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as the headliner.
  • It would reportedly have ties to the upcoming Disney+ series, “She-Hulk,” which is set to focus on Banner’s cousin, Jennifer Walters.

Per Geeks WorldWide, the film would start production in 2022 and would likely be released in 2023 to 2024.

That said, Marvel has snagged a number of release dates without confirmed titles. So it would be easy for the production studio to rearrange its production windows to meet the demands of the new project. Marvel recently rearranged its release schedule, so it’s not like the studio hasn’t made moves like this before, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

That said, there’s one confusing point — Universal Pictures has held the production rights to the Hulk character, meaning only Universal could make Hulk-centered movies (like “Incredible Hulk” from 2008), according to ComicBook.com.

  • “The belief was if Marvel decided to work on a film featuring the Hulk as the lead, the studio would have to share profits with Universal,” per ComicBook.com. “However, the rumor of a 2022 start date for ‘World War Hulk’ possibly means Universal has lost the rights, which means they would revert back to Marvel.”

What is ‘World War Hulk’ about?

“World War Hulk” is a comic book storyline in which Hulk — who has been banished from Earth by a group named the Illuminati — returns to Earth to get revenge against the group.

  • The series came after the “Planet Hulk” series of comics, which was lightly adapted in “Thor: Ragnarok.” In that series, Hulk was banished from Earth. He then became a fierce competitor in galactic fights.