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Chris Hemsworth and Cate Blanchett pose at the world premiere of ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ in Los Angeles October 11, 2017. — Reuters pic Chris Hemsworth and Cate Blanchett pose at the world premiere of ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ in Los Angeles October 11, 2017. — Reuters pic LOS ANGELES, Oct 12 — Marvel’s big green Hulk may not be getting his own standalone movie but actor Mark Ruffalo, who plays the current iteration of the superhero, said the character will get a mini arc within three upcoming Marvel movies.

Hulk, the muscle-bound, larger-than-life green alter-ego of scientist Bruce Banner, appears in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, out in US theatres on November 3, as a gladiator trapped on a futuristic planet and forced to fight Thor.

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  • Fans in costume at the World Premiere of ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ in Los Angeles, California October 11, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Grauman’s Chinese Theatre venue for the World Premiere of ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ in Los Angeles, California October 11, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Karl Urban at the World Premiere of ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ in Los Angeles, California October 11, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky at the World Premiere of ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ in Los Angeles, California October 11, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso at the World Premiere of ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ in Los Angeles, California October 11, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Chris Hemsworth at the World Premiere of ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ in Los Angeles, California October 11, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Chris Hemsworth at the World Premiere of ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ in Los Angeles, California October 11, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Jeff Goldblum at the World Premiere of ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ in Los Angeles, California October 11, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Mark Ruffalo and family at the World Premiere of ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ in Los Angeles, California October 11, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Tessa Thompson at the World Premiere of ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ in Los Angeles, California October 11, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus at the World Premiere of ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ in Los Angeles, California October 11, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Tom Hiddleston at the World Premiere of ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ in Los Angeles, California October 11, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Tom Hiddleston at the World Premiere of ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ in Los Angeles, California October 11, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Cate Blanchett at the World Premiere of ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ in Los Angeles, California October 11, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • From left: Tessa Thompson, Taika Waititi, Chris Hemsworth , Alan Horn, Cate Blanchett, Bob Iger, Mark Ruffalo and Tom Hiddleston at the World Premiere of ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ in Los Angeles, California October 11, 2017. — Reuters pic

The Hulk will also appear in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel, 2019’s yet-to-be-titled Avengers 4.

“We’ve taken the arc of a standalone Hulk movie and put it into those three movies, consciously,” Ruffalo said.

Ruffalo, who has spent more time as scientist Banner than as the Hulk in the past two Avengers films, said he relished the opportunity to be in character as the Hulk for the majority of Thor: Ragnarok. “This movie is about just breaking free of the forms and rules, and so I got to break free from what we thought Hulk was to a slightly more fleshed-out character,” he said.

The Hulk, who first appeared in comics in 1962, has had his own standalone television shows and movies in the past, notably 2003’s Hulk and 2008’s The Incredible Hulk films, both from Universal Pictures.

The cinematic rights to Marvel’s Hulk superhero are owned by Comcast Corp’s Universal Pictures, while Walt Disney Co owns Marvel studios and is behind the current success of the superhero movie franchise.

“Ultimately, Universal owns the rights there. I don’t see them like hanging out together any time soon to be like ‘Hey, let’s do another Hulk movie’,” he said. — Reuters

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