Whoa: Did Feige Just Hint We Could See a 'World War Hulk' Movie?
Marvel definitely likes to tease. Its been an interesting last few weeks, between the Guardians of the Galaxy news and Thanos chatter recently, but there's more! And this time it involves everyone's favorite big green guy - Hulk! Following up with more quotes from, likely, the same interview with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, MTV (via Collider), who also provided the most recent Thanos updates, published another piece mentioning future possibilities of Marvel movies. Maybe World War Hulk, even Planet Hulk, as well as talk about what's beyond Avengers 2. This is getting very exciting, but this stuff is still a long ways out.
Hulk's big screen presence has been a bit rocky, but he made quite a hell of a comeback in The Avengers this summer. Mark Ruffalo played Bruce Banner and seemed to have his likeness in Hulk form, so they might be preparing him for a lot of movies to come. MTV asked Feige specifically about the possibility of one day seeing a live-action Planet Hulk movie. His response is, not surprisingly, kind of ambiguously optimistic, but that means we can spin it into hype and maybe it'll actually happen - right? Here's what Feige told them:
"I don't think there's a lot that we couldn't do someday, as the cinematic universe continues to grow and expand and get as big as the comic book universe," Marvel's Kevin Feige told me when I asked him if we'd ever see a movie based on "Planet Hulk," the Greg Pak-written epic that sees the Jade Giant as a rebel leader on an alien planet, "Gladiator" style.
"'Planet Hulk' is a cool story," he added. "'World War Hulk' is a cool story."
So, maybe? But Feige is not done talking Hulk yet. He also admits that, "I think there's pitfalls of continuity-overload, and mythology getting so dense that it almost collapses in on itself. It happens every few decades or so in the comics. Apart from that, I'd say everything is on the table." That's good to hear. He continues: "Do I think Hulk can carry a movie and be as entertaining as he was in Avengers? I do believe that. I do believe he absolutely could. We certainly are not even going to attempt that until Avengers 2… So there's a lot of time to think about it." Indeed, since Whedon's Avengers 2 is still a long ways off (in 2015).
No matter what, we still have a while, and most of this is pure speculation or just unfounded hype anyway beyond those quotes. However, I would love to see them make a World War Hulk or Planet Hulk movie. For those that aren't familiar, the story is that the Illuminati (another team of superheroes) banish Hulk from Earth and trick him to go into space, sending him exiled to planet Sakaar, where he eventually becomes the king there and rounds up a group of alien friends who return to Earth with him to seek revenge. With the right budget, effects, director, and everything else (maybe two/three movies?), this could be awesome to see realized as live-action. But really, it's a long ways out. We have to see what Thanos has up his sleeves first.