Since the closing credits of The Avengers, fans have been looking for more Hulk, at least the way he’s played by Mark Ruffalo. Despite the middling success of two solo Hulk movies, Ruffalo was so popular in the part that the people are eager for a third try, which wasn’t developed for Phase 2, but may very well end up on the books for Phase 3. (Discerning fans may note that Ruffalo popped up in the stinger at the end of Iron Man 3 but I digress.) So are we ever going to see another Hulk, and if so, what might it be about? New rumors abound as the title “Planet Hulk” has once again raises its head, and there may be some significant spoilage to make you believe it can happen.
Of course, if you don’t want to be spoiled, you have to the count of 10 to bail.
In an insightful bit of spoilage by HitFix’s Drew McWeeney (via Bleeding Cool), it was revealed how Avengers: Age of Ultron might end. If you’re familiar with Planet Hulk, then you might be familiar with how the Hulk ends up according to Drew. Here’s the relevant bit:
Banner continues to play a key role in things in this movie, and when the final war with Ultron spills onto the battlefield and out of the virtual realm, he has a major part to play. Unfortunately, that ends with him onboard a Quin jet on his way off the planet, with no way to immediately turn things around. He’s going to have to ride out the trip. It’s pre-programmed and he can’t stop it.
The difference between the comic and the film being that Hulk is jettisoned off-world heroically, and not as punishment. There’s also an interesting correlation with Kitty Pryde’s fate at the end of Joss Whedon’s run on Astonishing X-Men, since the director seems to love shooting people into space after saving the world. Still, the ending is able to set Planet Hulk into motion, if Marvel Studios so chooses, or the Hulk may also be able to interact with the Guardians of the Galaxy, if that movie’s success warrants a sequel.
But let’s ask the Hulk himself what he thinks. Ruffalo, when asked about the chances for a Planet Hulk movie by MTV News (through Comic Book Movie), pointed out the potential flaw in such an adaptation. “I don’t think [‘Planet Hulk’] is the way to go yet,” he said. “I think you need more Banner. The whole thing is just him as Hulk, on a planet, fighting other gladiators.”
He might be right about that, although it would be kind of cool to see Planet Hulk on screen in all its glory. Of course, if the two ideas were spliced together, Planet Hulk and a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel, that would also be a doubly interesting direction to take a future Hulk project in.
What do you Bastards think? Ready for Planet Hulk? Wanna see the Hulk with the Guardians? Wanna see more Hulk at all? Sound off below.