No Chance of ‘Planet Hulk’ in Marvel’s Phase Three?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 11th, 2013 at 9:45 am,

World War Hulk vs Iron Man No Chance of Planet Hulk in Marvels Phase Three?

Three weeks ago we learned of a rumor of epic proportions regarding The Avengers franchise and the future of Mark Ruffalo’s role as Bruce Banner AKA The Hulk. We knew that if The Incredible Hulk 2 were to ever become a reality it wouldn’t be until after The Avengers 2, and with a lineup of six non-Hulk films officially scheduled with release dates up until the end of 2015, we wondered if Banner would ever get a headlining role again.

Ruffalo will be back for The Avengers 2 and after that – according to the earlier report – that story would setup a new Hulk standalone movie, one based on the Planet Hulk Marvel Comics series and animated feature. That film would in turn pay off with a World War Hulk story that would factor into The Avengers 3. New sources claim this is entirely untrue.

Latino-Review, who continue to prove themselves as leaders in dropping accurate Marvel Studios exclusives, gave us the Planet Hulk/World War Hulk news and with Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige previously name-dropping both of these in an interview as Hulk stories of interest, it seemed plausible, however unlikely a World War Hulk story on Earth seemed to be.

More: Read how we think Planet Hulk & World War Hulk could work in the Marvel cinematic universe.

According to an “extremely well-connected source” of Beaks at AICN, verified by a second source, the Planet Hulk rumors are not true (the words “1000% inaccurate” were quoted) and such a film is simply not in the cards for Marvel Studios in Phase Three. This doesn’t mean a new Hulk solo feature isn’t coming after The Avengers 2, it just means they won’t be launching big green into outer space and having a film with him entirely in monster mode. The selling point on The Hulk is Ruffalo and Planet Hulk features no Bruce Banner. There’s also the problem of the obvious John Carter connection which Disney lost a lot of money on, a film which is eerily similar, not just in visuals to Planet Hulk.

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So, two conflicting reports from two trustworthy publications. Someone’s source is not telling the entire truth, or simply doesn’t have the legitimate info. There’s also the possibility that Marvel is putting out misinformation to derail media. There are elements of Planet Hulk and World War Hulk that can absolutely work their way into the upcoming films but seeing Banner completely lose control or separate himself from the Hulk entity seem unlikely after the character developments in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers script. Whedon went on record this week saying he does believe a Hulk film can be done well, but explained that it’s extremely difficult.

It may be a while until we know for sure. Phase Two begins in two months as Iron Man 3 kicks off the summer 2013 movie season, with Thor: The Dark World coming later this year. Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy both shoot this year for releases in 2014 and we wouldn’t be surprised to see a Banner cameo somewhere along the line.

Should Hulk get another chance after two mediocre box office performances or is he better served as a key supporting character in the franchise going forward, leaving Phase Three films to new characters like Ant-Man, Doctor Strange and (hopefully) Black Panther?

Follow me on Twitter @rob_keyes and let me know what Marvel Studios should do with The Hulk!

Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015 and Ant-Man on November 6, 2015.

Source: AICN

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  1. what’s the old saying? 3rd time’s the charm.

    • Blade: Trinity, Spider-Man 3, Superman III, X-Men: The Last Stand… third time’s a charm seems like adagerous assumption. lol

  2. I would have to say that it would be an amazing thing to bring the Hulk back into a solo film! Maybe throw in some cameo’s from other Avengers?… I don’t know.. But to have Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk is a good thing.

  3. The first two hulk solo film both followed the Dr. Jekyl/Mr. Hyde mentality with Banner being the “normal” version and Hulk being the “monster.” The Avenger version finally broke that trend and made Bruce Banner a Super Hero who can call upon this other persona at will, more like DC’s Captain Marvel. For a movie to work, you’d have to do the later.

  4. I know this is a long shot, but please, please, please…

    Cloak and Dagger movie.

    I’ll suck your dick for it!

  5. I know this is a long shot, but please, please, please…

    Cloak and Dagger movie. Or at least supporting characters in a Daredevil flick.

  6. I’d love to see a solo Hulk movie done right, and I really liked the ‘Bixby style’ approach in Avengers, but I can also accept if it turns out that it’s too hard to play up those elements outside of an ensemble. Bixby was helping out a new group every week, so if there was a Hulk movie, it would probably have to be about him helping some other people with problems that ended up reflecting on his own? Either way Planet Hulk with all monster Hulk is not something I want to see. ‘Hulking out’ sometimes is good, but mostly Banner is better.
    That said, if Phase Three is not about Hulk, and Ant-Man is the first movie, how about Ultron as the phase 3 end villain? I guess it depends if Thanos is still out and about then, though I guess he could be manipulating lots of other major villains as he did Loki.

  7. Marvel/Disney would do better phasing the secret war I and II story line as a build up to a future all in one crossover. The Korvac/Micheal story line for the Advengers. The Hulk was a major player in secret wars. A real Hulk kicks the S*it out of Superman Marvel/DC crossover would sell big too.

  8. I like to try out for the part of Owen Reese if Marvel ever did Secret Wars.

  9. Okay so “the Incredible Hulk” had its mistakes, but all in all it was still a great movie. They have to continue it. But I must say that it is a relief to here that I wont have to settle for a “Planet Hulk” movie. No offense meant to fans of it but I hate the story line of that. It turns the hulk evil and makes him go against his own team. Seeing them make that out of a hero would be atrocious. I would be more up for an Incredible Hulk solo sequel that keeps the hulk a good guy and does not kill him off. Or turn him against a team that he is apart of mind you. I would rather have no sequel if marvel could not think of any better ideas than that for Hulk. Yeah sure, everyone else gets a boss sequel and third part but the green giant who is supposed to smash evil becomes evil. Once again I mean no offense to anyone about this comment, so please do not start an argument.