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So a Planet Hulk Movie Isn’t Happening, Then?


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.

(via: Indiewire, ComicBookMovie)

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  • Travis Fischer

    They did set up The Leader in Incredible Hulk. Not that it really matters considering its relatively loose continuity, but I’d like to see something aside from another “Army chases Hulk” movie.

  • TKS

    I agree. I’m not the biggest Hulk fan, but I’d rather them not make a Hulk movie than make a bad one.

  • Anonymous

    There was some rumor a while back that the Masters of Evil MIGHT show up in Avengers 2, so I wonder if they could use the Leader and Abomination there.

  • Anonymous

    Excuse me, I’ll just be over here trying to cope with a world where people are worried about not having enough Banner in a Hulk movie.

    I thought Planet Hulk was well liked precisely because it didn’t have Banner in it. I get that he’s written to be a bit more entertaining now, but it’s funny how things change.

  • http://twitter.com/jjgreen424 Jack Green

    didnt Mark Ruffalo ‘play’ the Hulk too?

  • http://twitter.com/octarinareboot Lady Octarina

    I do agree with them that so far Hulk has worked better as part of the team than in solo films, and if they don’t have an idea to make that work it really is best they simply put their money on different Marvel movies. Like the Doctor Strange one they’ve been promising for years! And I still haven’t given up hope on seeing one on the Inhumans.

  • http://twitter.com/DisposableTea Bronson O’Quinn

    The monster was CG. Don’t know if Ruffalo did any mo-cap or what, but the voice was Lou Ferrigno.

  • http://twitter.com/DisposableTea Bronson O’Quinn

    There’s already a Planet Hulk animated movie and it perfectly captures the feel of the comics. I personally don’t think every awesome book or comic needs adapting into a live action movie.
    Hey, Planet Hulk’s even on Netflix, so it’s cool guys! We’re all gonna be okay.

  • http://www.dailyblam.com/ Pietro Filipponi

    No, the voice and the performance capture were done by Ruffalo in The Avengers

  • Anonymous

    Excellent news! Use those resources to make a She-Hulk movie instead!

  • Anonymous

    Good. Eventually they’ll realized that comics history goes back further than the past few years.