In a Battle of the Anonymous Sources, Ain’t It Cool News is reporting that Latino Review‘s report from earlier this month that Marvel would be taking a trip to Planet Hulk for their standalone Hulk movie is “1,000% inaccurate.”
1000%. No wiggle-room there. So tell us, AICN. Why can’t Marvel utilize the Planet Hulk storyline, where the Hulkinator ends up on another planet and takes over?
[The Latino Review's] story claimed THE AVENGERS 2 would conclude with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes exiling an erratic Hulk to the planet Sakaar, thereby setting up a standalone PLANET HULK movie (in which Hulk would go all John Carter on some aliens). This would lead to a vengeful Hulk returning to Earth in THE AVENGERS 3… According to my source, this just isn’t happening – not as long as Marvel’s got Mark Ruffalo committed to a six-picture deal as Bruce Banner. And that’s the primary issue with PLANET HULK: Banner isn’t in it at all (unless you count the WHAT IF… story where Banner is immediately killed upon reaching Sakaar).
To make sure, I went to a another source for confirmation, and they backed up every detail. PLANET HULK isn’t happening.
That sounds like it makes sense. I imagine a lot of people (myself included, to be honest) would be put off by a Ruffalo-less Hulk movie at this point.
But all this is just speculation. Doesn’t anyone remotely official have anything to say about a Hulk movie?
What’s that, Joss Whedon?
…it would be very, very hard [to make a good Hulk film]. Hulk is a tricky son of a bitch. He’s the Claudio of superheroes. 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 favour 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.
In addition, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has previously stated specifically while talking about a standalone Hulk film that “I don’t think there’s a lot that we couldn’t do someday, as the cinematic universe continues to grow and expand.”
Ugh. You know what? I’m sick of Planet Hulk movie rumors right now. It wouldn’t come out until at least 2016 anyway. I want to to hear something of dubious plausibility about a Black Widow-Hawkeye spinoff for once.