Rumors of 'Planet Hulk' Movie in Marvel's Phase Three Get Smashed
First of all, let's just all agree that any information about this story should be considered hearsay. Having said that, we're pretty disappointed with this recent rumor control update. Earlier this month, Latino Review had a big scoop about the plans for The Incredible Hulk in the wake of The Avengers 2. After all, Phase Two is already planned, but talk of another standalone Hulk movie would fit perfectly in Phase Three. The rumor was that at the conclusion of The Avengers 2, the superhero ensemble would send Hulk to space, thinking him too dangerous to keep around, and that would lead into Planet Hulk. More below!
What made this all the more enticing is what would follow the standalone Hulk story. Planet Hulk (available to watch in animated form on Netflix Instant) finds the green machine on a distant planet called Sakaar where he ends up being sold into slavery, but he soon joins forces with his fellow slaves to fight for his freedom and a chance for revenge. This would serve as a set up for The Avengers 3 where Hulk would return to Earth, pissed off, and bring his alien friends with him to teach The Avengers a lesson. However, it sounds like this story isn't in the works at Marvel, or some good misinformation is being tossed around.
AICN has word from an inside source of their own that this Planet Hulk story idea is absolutely false. Their reasoning is that the response to Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner was so positive that they wouldn't just want to keep him in a motion capture suit as Hulk for an entire film. And since Planet Hulk deals with the character almost exclusively as the giant green monster, that leaves human Mark Ruffalo out in the wind. As of now, giving Ruffalo something to do as Banner and the Hulk is a priority for a standalone Hulk film, but it's not clear what that story will be. It makes sense to not hide Ruffalo, but the Planet Hulk idea and the tie-in to The Avengers sounds really fun. Hopefully, Marvel just has something better in the works.