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Marvel's Future Plans for Hulk May Involve Another Heroic Team

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July 1, 2014
Source: HitFix

Hulk / Guardians of the Galaxy

There's been a lot of buzz about what Marvel might have in store for The Incredible Hulk following The Avengers: Age of Ultron. It was bodybuilder and TV series star Lou Ferrigno who first started talking about plans for another standalone movie for the green machine, and The Avengers star Mark Ruffalo echoed his sentiments. Then just yesterday, Ruffalo was specifically asked about bringing a certain storyline to the big screen: Planet Hulk. However, the actor didn't seem to think that was the story to go with to continue Hulk's arc. But now it turns out that may not entirely be true, but Ruffalo wasn't necessarily lying.

First, let's have a bit of a recap. The rumor of the Planet Hulk storyline becoming part of Marvel's cinematic universe first started in February of 2013, before Iron Man 3 or Thor: The Dark World had even hit theaters. For those who may not be aware, you can watch the animated movie on Netflix Instant right here based on the 2006 comic arc written by Greg Pak, but otherwise, here's a short synopsis:

When Earth's superheroes exile the volatile Incredible Hulk to a distant planet called Sakaar, the muscle-bound green monster is sold into slavery. But he soon joins forces with his fellow slaves to fight for his freedom and a chance for revenge.

Now if you want to stay clear of any potential major spoilers for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, then don't read any further, because this is where we dig into some details that could lead up to events in The Avengers 3 and other Marvel films coming down the pipeline. At the time of the original rumor, it was said that the end of The Avengers 2 (which hadn't yet been given a subtitle) would see the superhero ensemble coming to terms with the fact that Bruce Banner and his monstrous alter ego is just too much of a liability on Earth, so they blast him into space.

Then that would lead to a Planet Hulk film, and the storyline would be used to inspire The Avengers 3, which would use the World War Hulk storyline with Hulk returning to Earth along with some alien friends, thirsty for revenge against those responsible for sending him to exile in space, and forcing The Avengers to fight Hulk and another alien threat. The bad news is most of this rumor seems to now be false, but the good news is, the parts that are true might now even be more interesting because it will crossover with a forthcoming new Marvel franchise.

Guardians of the Galaxy

HitFix has word on just how the gap between The Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Avengers 3 will be filled, and it involves Guardians of the Galaxy. Ever since the new cosmic adventure was revealed, fans have been wondering how the film will end up connecting with the rest of the Marvel cinematic universe. There's a common thread with the villain Thanos (read more here), who was revealed to be the puppeteer behind the events of The Avengers, and is also controlling Ronan the Accuser in Guardians of the Galaxy. But it turns out there may be a more direct connection in the works, and it involves Hulk.

At the end of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Hulk still ends up being sent off to space, however it may not be for the same reasons. The report at Hitfix says that the final battle with Ultron somehow ends up with Banner/Hulk stuck aboard a Quinjet blasting off into space on a pre-programmed flight that he can't stop. However, rather than heading to an alien planet no one knows about, what if Hulk ended up wherever the Guardians of the Galaxy happened to be to lead into their sequel? Speculation pegs Hulk as either being a threat in space, forcing the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop him, or maybe even teaming up.

And then Guardians of the Galaxy 2 could lead into Hulk heading back to Earth with his new friends, and that's how The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy will meet and team up to battle Thanos, who should be in possession of the Inifinity Gaunlet and all the Infinity Stones, ready to create trouble. And if all this is true, then Ruffalo is right about there being no Planet Hulk movie, but that doesn't mean fans won't be pleased by what Marvel may have in store for Hulk. It would be pretty awesome if the credits tag for The Avengers: Age of Ultron saw Hulk landing on some planet, and coming into contact with Rocket Raccoon or Groot. But we won't find out until 2015 how all this will go down. Thoughts?

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  • Stephen Ritchie
    Marvel is really betting Guardians of The Galaxy is going to be a huge success if this is true. Not always good to play cards early on that and a risky move. But with the recent boost in promotion for the film there's a greater chance it likely could be.
    • Chris Groves
      I'm sure that if Guardians fails to be a hit with critics/audiences that they have back-up plans for how to resolve the various threads. If Guardians is a huge hit, then Hulk shows up in Guardians 2. If it isn't, then Banner probably stays MIA until Avengers 3, or they risk doing a straightforward Planet Hulk film for Phase 3.
  • Chris Groves
    I'm okay with this. Guardians of the Galaxy looks like a very fresh and unique entry in the genre, and seeing Banner/Hulk mix into that world for the sequel would be great. Guardians 2 co-starring Hulk and serving as the biggest 'bridge' between Avengers 2 and 3, with Banner/Hulk serving as the link between the two teams...it is very exciting stuff.
    • VAharleywitch
      Great idea, but the budget would get blown. There's a reason SLJ doesn't appear or even do VO more often on AoS - he costs $$. Ruffalo isn't chump change either.
  • http://djkento.com/ Kento
    I have a feeling that even if Hulk is sent off into Space we'll see him go through PART of the Planet Hulk story line because there's such a huge demand for it. Not only that but I believe that they'll switch out KORG who Hulk teams up with (the same alien species as the rock giant that Thor smashes in Thor: The Dark World) and replace him with Bautista's Drax the Destroyer... It makes sense if you're going to tie them together.
  • TheOct8pus
    But will Robert Downey Jr. return as Tony Stark in all these movies? No Downey, no party...
    • davidshaw
      He's signed on through Avengers 3 at least, and he could always do more. Seriously, have you been living under a rock?
      • TheOct8pus
        I have not been living under a rock. As a matter of fact, I've been living in the world, not constantly plugged into the giant media teat. You should try it sometime ...But thanks for kindly answering my question.
  • Kyle
    total rumor. I have a hard time seeing this be the case. I have a feeling they're going to work storylines off both the Avengers (earth) franchise and the GotG franchise separately for a while. Hulk teaming up with GotG makes little sense right now. In GotG we're going to be introduced to the Kree (which could lead further to InHumans, Captain Marve, etc.), Nova Corps, the Collector, Thanos, etc... there's a whole galactic world worthy of exploration. There's no need to inject Hulk into that part of the MCU. At least not any time soon. IF anything, Hulk could team up (possibly lead) the collective netflix series (Defenders) in some sort of netflix/film crossover with a nod to the fact the Hulk was an original Defender member in the comics. But i'm just spitballing. At any rate, its a ridiculous rumor with virtually no source material to pull from.
    • Astroboy3000
      due to their on screen chemistry & working relationship I'd love to see Iron Man & Hulk versus the real Mandarin. The Marvel One Shot let us know that Ben Kingsley was not the end of the character. Takes some pressure off of Ruffalo turning in a stand alone Hulk while adding the proven star power of R.D.J. Iron Man could battle it out with Mandarin while the Hulk could have his hands full with Fin Fang Foom.
      • Kyle
        I think that chemistry is better served for a future betrayl that leads to cinematic planet hulk -say MCU phase 5 or 6. While it's definitely been proven that the Hulk struggles to hold his own in a stand alone AND the stark/banner chemistry of avengers worked great, it is still a little odd to me. In the comics, they've never been that chummy. Banner's allegiance with Reed Richards and Dr. Strange were always more believable as there was a mutual benefit be it solving the hulk problem through chemistry/biology or mysticism. IronMan created a hulk buster -which says it all. If anything, Stark can make cameos in the stand alone -but I think Marvel should do another stand alone Hulk movie. The CGI is exponentially further along than when it was in 06/07.
        • james
          Maybe the post credit scene of GotG could be a helmet coming to earth and introducing Nova, then he could get his own movie that ties to GotG2.
  • Astroboy3000
    knowing that, regardless of how all the Marvel strings get tied together, we will eventually have the Infinity Gauntlet storyline & epic battles play bums me out in a way. Knowing that Spiderman, the Fantastic Four, Silver Surfer, Wolverine & the X-Men won't be there due to them being ran into the ground by another company just flat out SUCKS.
  • DAVIDPD
    This would be a cool way to tie the stories together, but yeah I'm highly skeptical.
  • eRIC
    Sounds stupid...
  • JackiBoldenypt
    just before I looked at the receipt ov $8130 , I didn't believe that my sister woz like actualy bringing in money part-time from there pretty old laptop. . there aunts neighbour has been doing this 4 only about 22 months and at present repayed the mortgage on their appartment and bought themselves a Chrysler . see here M­o­n­e­y­d­u­t­i­e­s­.­C­O­M­
  • james
    A little of topic but I think Zac effron would make a good nova since they have the guardians coming out
  • tordie
    it's not hard. do what the good people want. Black Panter, Terry Crews, Nova, Hulk, She Hulk and Ms Marvel. stop with this this tie everything together so there is 1 dimension that even a moldered potatoe can understand. forget that.

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