Joss Whedon Denies ‘Planet Hulk’ in Marvel’s Phase Three

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:23 am,

Planet Hulk 2010 1 570x320 Joss Whedon Denies Planet Hulk in Marvels Phase Three

Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) gets underway this year, with The Avengers director Joss Whedon shepherding the studio’s forthcoming wave of superhero movies. Details on his script for The Avengers 2 (not the official title) are currently under-wraps, so recent speculation has focused on rumors about how much or little the sequel takes place in space – especially since it’s arriving on the heels of Guardians of the Galaxy, which Marvel President of Production Kevin Feige has revealed will take place primarily far away from Earth.

Last month, fresh rumors popped up suggesting that Avengers 2 concludes on a note that sets the stage for the Planet Hulk and World War Hulk comic book storylines to be realized onscreen during Phase Three of the MCU. However, last week, conflicting reports emerged claiming that Planet Hulk is not one of the future stories Whedon and the rest of the Marvel brain trust are considering right now.

IGN recently interviewed Whedon about his Shakespeare adaptation Much Ado About Nothing (which opens in June), when they asked the filmmaker point-blank about the possibility of either Planet Hulk or World War Hulk movies in Phase Three. He responded:

“Well I’m really not supposed to comment, but no, that’s nonsense.”

Now, is Whedon’s official denial going to be the final nail in that Planet Hulk rumor’s coffin? Well, no, for better or for worse, not after the previous denials from Marvel employees proved to be false. (Remember No Thanos in The Avengers? Or how Ben Kingsley isn’t playing The Mandarin in Iron Man 3?) However, coming from Whedon, this debunking has more credibility – in part because he spoke just last week about Hulk standalone movies being tough to pull off as is (much less, something on as massive scale like Planet Hulk or WWH).

So, assuming Whedon isn’t lying, where does that leave preliminary speculation about the plot for Avengers 2? We know the filmmaker is planning to “go deeper” on the sequel and put Earth’s Mightiest Heroes through a whole lot of emotional turmoil, which could even result in a character or two ending up dead. However, just how much death will be a part of the sequel – as opposed to “Death,” the objection of Thanos’ obsession – is a matter being debated among members of the geek community right now.

Meanwhile, it seems Marvel will continue branching out further into space and the cosmic realms with upcoming movies, despite the lack of plans for Planet Hulk. That includes Guardians during Phase Two, followed by a Doctor Strange film in Phase Three – and maybe something like The Inhumans down the line – all beginning after Iron Man 3, which it appears will indeed see Tony Stark heading into outer space at some point, most likely in the customary post-credits scene.


Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe begins when Iron Man 3 releases May 3rd, 2013, followed by Thor: The Dark World on November 8th, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4th, 2014, and Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1st, 2014. It concludes with The Avengers 2 on May 1st, 2015.

Phase Three begins when Ant-Man releases on November 6th, 2015.

Source: IGN

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  1. I think Whedon is telling the truth. It’s a little disappointing (Planet Hulk would have been awesome!), but this news isn’t unexpected.

    • while i do agree, i also have to agree with whedon hulk movies have been hard to pull. incredible hulk barely skimped by as a liked movie in my opinion so the no hulk standalone might be for the best.

  2. We want a damn good Hulk Movie!

    • yes we do! he is the best!

  3. I think there is so much more they can do before they go this route. Right now, he’s a huge hero. Kids love the Hulk and he stole the show in Avengers. It’s too soon to turn him into a partial bad guy in World War Hulk.

  4. As much as I want to see The Avengers take on a SUPER mad Hulk, I feel like Disney is taking a big enough risk with GotG. So I find it hard to think that they would do a Planet Hulk and WWH adaptation.

  5. just watch the hulk animated movies, those were pretty good.

  6. Thank God, Planet Hulk is pretty bad IMO, there are way better and more personal stories that they should work from, Bruce Jones is my favorite personal run, those are when I really started getting into the hulk.

  7. Honestly I wanna see hulk vs red hulk

  8. Great news. While as a fan I would love to see Planet/WW Hulk it just makes no sense in the grand scheme of things.

    I think a lot of us get blinded by ‘cool comic stuff’ and tend to forget the movies are not made for us….. just with us in mind.

    Not to mention the twisting of words and or suggestions that get thrown around a lot by reports and writings on those reports. While I find it engaging to read a lot of current SR writings has to be taken with a large grain of salt along with their sources.

    • Thanks,exactly what i was thinking !

  9. hmm wonder what their gonna do for the solo movie now maybe bring back leader

  10. does no one seriously think phase 3 is headed in the direction of ultron? how has no one else thought this?!

    • LOTS of people thought of that, I thought of that, and just about everyone else has as well. Just because you are the first to comment about that on this post does not mean you are the first one to think of that.

      BTW, there are more villains then Ultron. Like Kang, Skrulls/Kree, Masters of Evil, Hydra, AIM, Korvac, Galactus and countless others.

  11. Planet Hulk is a silly idea for a movie. yes it was good as a comic and animated movie but not a live action movie. its too damn similar to John Carter.

    Phase 3 need to have a Black Panther movie for crying out loud Marvel

  12. I still don’t understand how a Hulk movie is so much harder than any other. He was a runaway hit in the Avengers so anyone who wasn’t already a Hulk fan sure is now. I would love to watch two hours of the Hulk just smashing the hell out of everything and I imagine others would as well. I thin they need to develop his character a bit more through phase 2 and possibly 3 and then show him lose control and have to put into space for phase 4.

    • I hope you were being sarcastic. If not, do you want Michael Bay to direct it too? He can do loud, chaotic, soulless movies with big explosions and no story like nobody’s business. A Hulk movie like you described would kill the franchise. It would be even worse than Ang Lee’s Hulk.

      • Who said anything about any of that? That’s what the Hulk does. He smashes. It’s kind of his thing. They already teased the Leader. They can instead have him fighting a battle of intelligence against Banner and have some monster henchman to fight the Hulk physically. All of these movies are built around action spectacle. Why is it different for the hulk? The Hulk and Banner have just as much if not more character than most others so that’s not a problem either. Why is he so much of a problem then?

  13. That line about Doctor Strange is basically saying he has a confirmed spot in phase 3. Is that confirmed or rumor?

    • Im going out on a limb and saying…. no it is not confirmed. AntMan is confirmed but in reading the article referenced above Strange is glossed over as something different that they do not have or have not done.

      There was never (IMO) a deep commitment or confirmation the Strange will be done in phase or even have a spot in phase 2.

      “‘Doctor Strange,’ which I’ve been talking about for years, is definitely one of them. He’s a great, original character, and he checks the box off this criteria that I have: he’s totally different from anything else we have, just like ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ He’s totally different from anything we’ve done before, as is ‘Ant-Man,’ which keeps us excited.”

      I think they WANT to yet nothing is in stone.

      • It’s been confirmed that Doctor Strange will be part of Phase 3… it’s just not been confirmed WHEN in Phase 3 (i.e. 2016, 2017, 2018 ,etc.)

  14. The actor of Hulk is not getting any younger !!:(
    Hope in all those Phase 2 and 3 Movies they give him at least some cameos !
    What a waste of talent !!

  15. I happy to hear no World War Hulk movie. I would really like to see Civil War!

  16. Kinda think Ultron “goes deeper” since Ultron is created by Avengers. It would open things up to more in fighting as the guilt and blame start flying between members.

  17. Ggod, no Planet Hulk or WW Hulk. Hulk is not good enough to really be the sole support in a movie. he is OK as a supporting charachter in something like Avengers, tho. Concentrate on the other already-established heroes more, and get Goliath (Hank Pym), Wasp, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch in the mix for the good guys, and Kang, Ultron, and Skrulls in the mix for the baddies.

    • not good enough? without hulk, avengers would be destroyed! he is the main force in that team!

  18. THANK GOD ! Am I the only one hoping that it was just a rumor? Im sure they wouldnt introduce thanos and all these characters from other realms and parts of the galaxy if they were not planning on the infinity gauntlet. Its pretty clear now SR ! Geeze …..

  19. Kinda think Ultron “goes deeper” since Ultron is created by Avengers. It would open things up to more in fighting as the guilt and blame start flying between members.

  20. They would need Hank Pym for that … Correct ? It would also introduce The Vision.

  21. @Mace Black Panther won’t ever happen & if it does then they will find some way to f*ck it up

  22. The biggest reason they won’t do planet hulk and world war hulk because they need to introduce sentry