Prediction: Marvel Will Release “Thor 3” Before Another Solo Hulk Film

The Hulk may be one of Marvel's signature characters, but Thor's theatrical dominance makes him the more important contributor to Walt Disney's (NYSE: DIS  ) fortunes right now, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the following video.

History just isn't on the Hulk's side. Through two films -- The Hulk and The Incredible Hulk -- Marvel's green giant earned $508 million at the worldwide box office. Thor, by itself, took in $449 million and its successor, Thor: The Dark World, appears on track for at least $600 million in gross receipts. Add it up, Tim says, and Disney investors have good reason to expect another Thor film before the Hulk gets another solo big screen adventure.

But will it happen? Chris Hemsworth, who plays the title character, is already signed for The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Also, in a recent interview with Screenrant, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige left open the possibility of the Thor series of films extending into a trilogy.

Meanwhile, multiple reports say that actor Mark Ruffalo, who plays Dr. Bruce Banner and the Hulk, is signed to a long-term deal that could cover six films. He's only appeared in two as of this writing: Marvel's The Avengers and an end credits scene in Iron Man 3. Clearly Marvel has more plans for Ruffalo. How soon they're realized is likely to be a function of what audiences want, and right now, they can't seem to get enough of Hemsworth.

Do you see Marvel and Disney greenlighting another Thor film soon? Or do you believe the Hulk will get first billing? Please watch the video to get Tim's full take and then leave a comment to let us know what you think.

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  • Report this Comment On November 16, 2013, at 12:17 PM, Scobe wrote:

    The Hulk is a tough sell on the screen because essentially the character changes into a raging beast and that's what we wait for. The Hulk himself is a non-character.

    The back story is not all that interesting. Hulk works much better in the Avengers where he gets to play off the other characters (his fight with Thor was great).

    Thor is a god and the actor who plays him is godlike. How many women have told their boyfriends and husbands, "I want you to look like Thor"?

    The cast of characters around Thor, especially Loki (Tom Hiddleston is magnificent as Loki) are far more interesting than those surrounding the Hulk. Ruffalo was a great Hulk but I just don't see the character being able to get to the higher levels of return.

  • Report this Comment On November 16, 2013, at 2:52 PM, ScottW wrote:

    I agree we'll see Thor 3 before another Hulk, but for another reason. The overarching storyline of Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet ties directly to Thor, with the Gauntlet being in Odin's Vault. We'll need another Thor movie to fully develop the storyline of Thanos retrieving the Gauntlet before battling the Avengers in the third Avengers movie (if indeed that is their plan). Only after the overall storyline is completed can they branch off with other stories. Then, a Hulk movie, possibly Planet Hulk might be in the offering.

  • Report this Comment On November 16, 2013, at 5:55 PM, Yonnavee wrote:

    I didn't go see Thor @ because of Hemsworth. Hiddleston owns Loki like Downey owns Tony Stark. And he's just sooo pretty!

  • Report this Comment On December 04, 2013, at 4:56 PM, sfarrell1310 wrote:

    "Thor 3: Thor vs. Hulk." The obvious answer, which is probably being debated within Marvel Studios as I write this, is announcing "Thor 3: Thor vs. Hulk." There are several story lines possible and none of them would be incompatible with Avengers 2. It allows both the Thor franchise to continue and the Hulk franchise to build momentum. So why not have another sure bet $1 billion dollar Smash (pun intended) hit. You want to take some of the recent Thunder (pun intended) from DC? Announce this movie and watch the media go wild.

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