Fans holding out for that rumored big-screen adaptation of Marvel's "Planet Hulk" storyline are about to have their hopes smashed.
Nearly four weeks after a report surfaced that a third solo Hulk movie could launch, quite literally, out of 2015's Avengers sequel, with the Illuminati sending the Green Goliath into space, Ain't It Cool has swooped in to say the claim by Latino Review is "1,000% inaccurate."
The website contends two sources shot down the report, insisting that a "Planet Hulk" adaptation will never happen as long as Mark Ruffalo is signed to a six-movie deal to play Bruce Banner. You see, the Hulk's alter ego never appears in that storyline.
Written by Greg Pak from an idea by then-Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada, the arc launches the Hulk into space after the Illuminati (a cabal formed by Tony Stark, Namor, Reed Richards, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt and Professor Xavier) determined he was far too dangerous to remain on Earth. Although the intention was for the Hulk to be stranded on a peaceful planet, his shuttle instead crashes on Sakaar, a violent world in which gladiators are forced to battle for the emperor, the Red King. Hulk becomes embroiled in a rebellion that ends with him being crowned the new ruler of Sakaar.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige told MTV in September that a movie based on "Planet Hulk" was within the realm of possibility, he acknowledged an adaptation of the scale would bring with it certain problems. “I think there’s pitfalls of continuity-overload, and mythology getting so dense that it almost collapses in on itself,” he said. “It happens every few decades or so in the comics. Apart from that, I’d say everything is on the table.”
That all brings us back to Joss Whedon's more recent comments about the difficulties inherent to developing a solo Hulk movie.
“Hulk is a tricky son of a bitch. He’s the Claudio of superheroes,” he said. “Because the problem is it’s a very popular character, but it’s not a superhero. Half of it’s a superhero, half of it’s a werewolf. And you can’t structure it like a superhero movie, you can’t light it like a superhero movie. How do you develop that? It would be extremely difficult. The one thing you would have in your favor would be Mark Ruffalo. But right now I don’t know if they have plans to do that or not, because he works so well as part of a greater whole, but by himself, it’s tough. I don’t envy the guys who went before.”