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Rumor: Planet Hulk Will Be Key to Marvel’s Phase Three Plans

Following recent confirmation that the long-rumored Doctor Strange is part of Marvel’s Phase Three plans, another piece of the puzzle may be falling into place.

Latino Review, which last summer ran afoul of the studio after spoiling its big Guardians of the Galaxy announcement, now contends Marvel is plotting a third Incredible Hulk solo movie — one based on the 2006-2007 comic book storyline “Planet Hulk.”

Written by Greg Pak from an idea by then-Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada, the arc launches the Hulk into space after the Illuminati (a cabal formed by Tony Stark, Namor, Reed Richards, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt and Professor Xavier) determined he was far too dangerous to remain on Earth. Although the intention was for the Hulk to be stranded on a peaceful planet, his shuttle instead crashes on Sakaar, a violent world in which gladiators are forced to battle for the emperor, the Red King. Hulk becomes embroiled in a rebellion that ends with him being crowned the new ruler of Sakaar.

According to Latino Review, the big-screen adaptation would spin out of the May 2015 sequel to The Avengers, in which the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s version of the Illuminati send the Green Goliath into space in time for Phase Three, which begins with the Nov. 6, 2015 premiere of Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man. Following the solo outing, Hulk apparently would return to Earth for The Avenger 3, based on the 2007-2008 storyline “World War Hulk.”

Although the scale of those plans might be a little surprising, Hulk’s return in a solo feature certainly isn’t: Marvel was “pleasantly surprised by the phenomenal response” to the character in The Avengers, so much so that one executive was suggesting within weeks of the blockbuster’s opening that the Green Goliath could get another movie as early as 2015. And when asked in September whether a live-action take on “Planet Hulk” was within the possibility, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige told MTV, “I don’t think there’s a lot that we couldn’t do some day, as the cinematic universe continues to grow and expand and get as big as the comic book universe. ‘Planet Hulk’ is a cool story. ‘World War Hulk’ is a cool story.'”

However, he acknowledged that those kinds of adaptations bring come with potential problems. “I think there’s pitfalls of continuity-overload, and mythology getting so dense that it almost collapses in on itself,” he said. “It happens every few decades or so in the comics. Apart from that, I’d say everything is on the table.”

So perhaps Marvel has found a way around those obstacles.


  • Dgrjr2000

    Just CGI the Hulk into “John Carter” and the movie is over half finished.

  • Adam Walters

    I would think that for Planet Hulk to make sense, Avengers 2 would have to show Hulk becoming a danger to the Avengers/Earth. Maybe Thanos ends up controlling Hulk.

  • Nick

    Planet Hulk for the next Hulk movie would be awesome.  World War Hulk for Avengers 3, not so much.  I’d rather have a new villain for that.  Kang would be pretty great.

  • Jon

    Why would they choose a story that doesn’t involve any screen time for Ruffalo, who arguably stole every scene he was in in The Avengers and is the only reason anyone thinks a third Hulk movie would do better than the previous two?

  • Mastadge

     Not really. They could just have an opening sequence, the first 5-10 minutes of the movie, where Hulk goes on a rampage for whatever reason, cut to SHIELD headquarters or something where there’s a discussion going on about what to do about the problem, and we’re off!

  • That Guy

    I could see a massively-reworked “Planet Hulk” as a new Hulk flick.  But I think using the Illuminati to get him there would be counterproductive.  Just have the Hulk disappear and be stranded.

  • Nick Vatican

    This would be INCREDIBLE. Latino Review has an excellent track record, so it would be impossible to discount this. Planet Hulk would have to be reworked to give Mark Ruffalo enough screen time. He has certainly earned it. Marvel would also have to establish the Hulk in a dangerous and destructive context. Even further, I’m not too sure how they would establish any resemblance of the Illumimati. Only one member of the original group (two when Dr. Strange joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe) will be available to and established by Marvel Studios. Perhaps it could be a SHIELD endeavor to send the Hulk off instead? Maybe the Guardians of the Galaxy could be the ones who scout out the originally intended planet for Hulk, further tying the cosmic end of the lore into continuity. World War Hulk would be an impossibly cool third Avengers movie. It could make for a great film in that the audience would want to root for both the Avengers and the Hulk and his Warbound. It’s an excellent conflict and its scope could match anything Marvel has already done.

    PS: Am I the only one convinced that a Hulk vs. Red Hulk movie would be a spectacle for the ages?

  • Dalarsco

    You haven’t watched any behind the scenes stuff I presume.  He was Andy Sirkised in as The Hulk.

  • Stephen Conway

    But it was Ruffalo’s Banner that was so enthralling. He was perfectly fine when Hulked out but it was the human moments that were so much more impressive.

  • Früit Helmet

    I think Marvel misread how the fans reacted to Hulk in the Avengers. Yes, he was a fan favorite, but it’s because the character was used in the right manner. Someone you could step in to, have him smash a few things and go off scene for a few minutes…

    I’d prefer if Marvel kind of went the team-up approach that seems to work so well in their movies, with him. Banner would be a perfect character to feature in the Iron Man series and probably would be more beneficial to the entire line in that capacity.

    It’s similar to the Hulks comics over the years. At times they can be interesting, but more often than not they’re very one-dimensional and stale. Hulk was at this best in the Silver Age when he would be on the run and the Avengers and Fantastic Four would be occasionally chasing him all over. 

  • Dalarsco

    True.  But nothing says that an adaptation of Planet Hulk needs to have the same lack of Banner.

  • Jon

    The Hulk scenes weren’t any better than the previous two solo Hulk movies. A Hulk is a Hulk, it’s not like playing him requires top-notch acting chops (If Lou Ferrigno can do it… well…)

    It was Ruffalo’s Banner that made people start talking about giving him a shot at his own solo Hulk movie.

  • Jimmy

    I’m sure that would be taken into consideration when adapting the story line. They wouldn’t follow it implicitly.

  • Ger

    I enjoyed Mark Ruffalo’s performance but he wasn’t really any better than previous actors.  The first Hulk movie tried to be far too high brow for a super hero movie.  The second one was a lot better but I have never been a fan of the Hulk. 

    The writing and direction in Avengers were more responsible for Hulk’s popularity in the movie than the actor.  Two of the favorite scenes were him slamming Loki and punching Thor, but both of those were completely CGI.  So yes, the Hulk was a hit in Avengers, but I attribute that much more to Joss Whedon than Mark Ruffalo.

  • Marvel137

    Nice spoiler alert cheese-for-brains.

  • Pietro Maximoff

    that would be so freaking AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i trust Marvel!

  • Pietro Maximoff

     lol hilarious!!!

  • Boilingman

    I love this.

  • Anomalist

    Planet Hulk COULD be done – story-wise at least.
    Should it be done?
    As much as I liked the story, I think not.
    This would end up with the one thing that people disliked about both Hulk films and other comic related properties: too much CGI. (Green Lantern anyone?)

    Planet Hulk would pretty much need to be virtually wall to wall CGI due to its very nature.
    Audiences just do not seem willing to suspend disbelief THAT much.
    I don’t always see why not, but it seems to be the case.

    Regarding another/next Hulk film…
    The Leader was introduced (kind of), in the last film and would make for an interesting brains versus brawn story. The Hulk could easily be manipulated by the Leader into appearing less heroic and more of a public menace. This could be used in a future Avengers film much as it was in the early days of the comic. The Avengers scouring the planet looking to take their former teammate down, (even though he can kick their collective asses). Sub-Mariner was also involved there, so that MIGHT be interesting as well.

    Regarding an Avengers 3 villain?
    Personally, I would go with Ultron.
    Time travel explained without TONS of exposition is a tough sell.
    Comic fans will get it, but the rest of the world attending…maybe not.
    But a high tech creation of the Avengers themselves that runs amok,
    I can buy into that.
    In fact there is a good part of the world that, between the internet, smart phones, and the like, feel technology is inherently evil (or at least a sign of over dependence on the darn things.)

    Just my opinion of course.
    And worth every peny you paid for it.

  • Mak

    You’re giving him WAY too much credit. Ruffalo’s Banner did not in any shape or form steal and scene from anyone through out Avengers. Though the CG Hulk did himself steal many scenes. Personally I think Norton’s Banner was the best in performance and look than all other incarnations (In case I’m not clear, I’m referring to the character of Bruce Banner). I put Ruffalo as my least favorite.

    With that said, I agree with you. I can’t see a Hulk movie be done without Banner making an appearance. And I highly doubt that Hollywood would head in that direction if they follow through this film (Which I doubt will happen). If they do happen to make the without a Banner, the actor (Most likely Ruffalo) will probably voice the Hulk throught the film.

  • Mak

    I think you mean Andy Serkis. LOLAnd no. If YOU had seen the behind the scene videos, you’d know that it was the director, Ang Lee himself that did the movements for Hulk in the 2003 film: THE HULK

  • RichFromAccounting

    This article is incorrect. There’s not Planet Hulk movie being planned.