While there has been lots of talk about Marvel’s Phase 2 – Iron Man 3, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World, The Avengers 2 – and some news on Phase 3 – Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange – news on the Hulk has been curiously quiet.
Latino Review have posted some news/rumours which say that Marvel Studios will be sending the green Goliath into space along the lines of the Planet Hulk comic book story line.
In the comics the Marvel Illuminati (Iron Man, Namor, Xavier, Black Panther, Black Bolt) deemed Hulk a terrible threat so they tricked him onto a spacecraft and blasted him off into space. He landed on a planet named Sakaar where various aliens and androids lived, ruled over by the Red King. Hulk got captured and became a gladiator, fighting various creatures, including the Silver Surfer. He eventually led a rebellion on the planet and became its ruler and peace reigned. Hulk fell in love and was happy.
Then the planet went boom. Hulk blamed the Illuminati and headed back to Earth where he captured all the heroes and forced them to fight in an arena he built in New York City.
As you can tell it is an epic story line. The latter half had its faults but did have some great scenes and the whole Planet Hulk story is a classic.
Both Planet Hulk (which has already been adapted in an animated movie) and World War Hulk were written by Greg Pak.
In terms of the movies the report is that Hulk will show up in The Avengers 2 and an end credits sequence will set up his next solo film. Of course the movie version of the Illuminati will have a different line up, but will blast Hulk into space. He will follow the Planet Hulk story line for his solo film and his return in World War Hulk will be the basis of The Avengers 3 and give us an excuse to see the different heroes fight each other.
This is still very early days and obviously Marvel have not confirmed it. If it is true then the Planet Hulk story will make an amazing film. I am not sure about the World War Hulk story line though. It started well in the comics then sort of fizzled out for me. Still it is a good basis. I do love the fact Marvel are going more cosmic with their films. Plus both storylines will give a reason for the Hulk to smash many things.
It is a shame Marvel Studios do not have the film rights for the Fantastic Four as they would fit right in on the Cosmic side of things.
My one concern is that Planet Hulk does borrow many elements of John Carter (as do many other sci-fi and fantasy stories). While I loved the recent John Carter film it died a death at the box office. Hopefully, if the Hulk rumours are true, Marvel and Disney will market it a damn site better than they did with John Carter.
Mark Ruffalo is signed up for 6 films as Banner / Hulk.
How do you feel about a Planet Hulk and World War Hulk film?
You can see Latino Review’s video on the subject below.
Art by John Romita Jr.