That Rumored Planet Hulk Movie Will Probably Never Happen

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Fans holding out for that rumored big-screen adaptation of Marvel’s “Planet Hulk” storyline are about to have their hopes smashed.

Nearly four weeks after a report surfaced that a third solo Hulk movie could launch, quite literally, out of 2015′s Avengers sequel, with the Illuminati sending the Green Goliath into space, Ain’t It Cool has swooped in to say the claim by Latino Review is “1,000% inaccurate.”

The website contends two sources shot down the report, insisting that a “Planet Hulk” adaptation will never happen as long as Mark Ruffalo is signed to a six-movie deal to play Bruce Banner. You see, the Hulk’s alter ego never appears in that storyline.

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.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige told MTV in September that a movie based on “Planet Hulk” was within the realm of possibility, he acknowledged an adaptation of the scale would bring with it certain 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.”

That all brings us back to Joss Whedon’s more recent comments about the difficulties inherent to developing a solo Hulk movie.

“Hulk is a tricky son of a bitch. He’s the Claudio of superheroes,” he said. “Because the problem is it’s a very popular character, but it’s not a superhero. Half of it’s a superhero, half of it’s a werewolf. And you can’t structure it like a superhero movie, you can’t light it like a superhero movie. How do you develop that? It would be extremely difficult. The one thing you would have in your favor would be Mark Ruffalo. But right now I don’t know if they have plans to do that or not, because he works so well as part of a greater whole, but by himself, it’s tough. I don’t envy the guys who went before.”

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Comments

  • Yanks5179

    Banner does appear during Planet Hulk, though briefly, in Giant Size Hulk #1, and they could change things up a bit, too, but either way, I’m glad.  I’d rather original stories instead of new variations of old ones for now.

  • demoncat_4

    Banner is in planet hulk for he takes a queen and makes love with her and produces twins. only to lose her and lead to world war hulk. though can see marvel not wanting to do that story line sinwce one hulk is hard as a solo character and two they would have to sub namor ,xavier, and reid since they don’t have the rights to use them. for planet hulk would be cool on screen

  • Bels62

    Hulk fans want to see the Hulk not Banner

  • Bels62

    I would rather see an adaption of Hulk at bay where he battles the Abomination and the Rhino or World War Hulk

  • http://twitter.com/PaulPennaWriter Paul Penna

    I’m glad, they’ve set up the Leader to be the next villain, that is the story I want to see.

    Planet Hulk would make an awesome movie, but it shouldn’t be the next Hulk movie.

  • Alex

    It’s too big for the movie screen.

  • http://twitter.com/kylemac6 kyle mchenry

    Anytime a movie is based on a comic book (with the exception of maybe Watchmen, which was pretty close), the story is almost completely overhauled and follows the comic story’s basic outline at most. If they wanted to do Planet Hulk, they could and it’d be recognizable but very different and there would be plenty of Ruffalo. Personally, I think it’d make things interesting. Hulk is one character that has always seemed to me like he only has so many stories in him before you have to drastically change the status quo to keep it going.

  • Jon.Fila@gmail.com

    So now someone is concerned with being true to the comic?

  • Rollo Tomassi

    Ain’t it cool News two sources were Mark Millar, professional attention whore and…Mark Millar again, dressed in drag and disguising his voice. Which is weird, since he e-mailed them both times.

    Mark Millar paid me $200 to mention his name.

  • Boilingman

    This news saddens me a Great Deal :(

  • matt

    Set up Ultron over Marvel phase 3, then just do Ultron Unlimited for Avengers 3…done and done “Thou would like to have words with thee”

  • pDUB

    Banner is inherent in the Hulk

  • samjsheets

    Well we all know they won’t adapt story directly from the comic, so I’m sure they could push things around to make Bruce appear a lot more. Have we ever seen a marvel superhero movie pulled scene for scene from the source material with no changes? no.