Last week we reported that Marvel were drawing up their future plans and ways to make even more money than they already have from the Cinematic Universe, and these plans focused on The Hulk.
The story was that at the end of The Avengers 2, Hulk – after causing more chaos – would be shipped off Earth by the Avengers and dumped on another planet. This would then be revisited during Phase 3 of Marvel’s movie plan, with a live-action version of the popular comic series Planet Hulk. Cue much excitement.
Avengers director Joss Whedon recently commented on how tricky a solo Hulk film would be, and now a report over at Ain’t It Cool has also sounded caution for the project, for it claims that according to two sources, Planet Hulk is NOT happening. Says AICN’s Beaks;
“A few days after [the story about Planet Hulk broke], I had a discussion with an extremely well-connected source who claimed the scoop was “1,000% inaccurate”….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.
I couldn’t get either source to spill on Marvel’s specific plans for a standalone Hulk movie post-AVENGERS 2, but I’m told that Ruffalo-as-Banner will be an integral part of that film. After two false starts with Banner, Marvel is thrilled with Ruffalo. The last thing they want to do is reduce his role. Sure, they could have Ruffalo play Hulk in mocap, but the Banner element would be gone – and this evidently is important to Marvel.”
It is hard to argue with Marvel’s apparent pleasure with Ruffalo. His performance in The Avengers was standout, and his appearance in a a solo Hulk film would be integral. Naturally, Marvel have not – and extremely likely will not – comment on these reports.
The Hulk is next due to appear on our screens in The Avengers 2, due out in 2015.
Source: Ain’t It Cool