One of the touchiest subjects out there is that of "another Hulk movie". Remember when we had the Hulks face off in a symbolic battle for the supreme Hulkness? It's THAT level of controversy. A stand-alone Hulk movie is the true measure of the Hulk in question, and as awesome as 's Hulk is (and my favorite), we can't really be sure until his Hulk goes on his, ahem, maiden voyage. That voyage seems to be on its way, and it's going to head into space.
A few months back Kevin Feige underlined this notion and showed his faith in RuffaHulk by publicly saying that he thought that Hulk could carry his own movie, but that The Avengers: Age Of Ultron had to happen first. It would appear that it wasn't just talk. El Mayimbe over at Latino Review let out that the Planet Hulk story arc will be the order of the day when it comes to Hulk's own Marvel movie.
The set up will most likely go a little like this:
- At the end of The Avengers 2, Hulk will get sent into space by the Illuminati for being a loose cannon. This will segue into the Hulk Sequel.
- This will then mark the start of the Planet Hulk story arc, where while on his way to exile on a peaceful planet his spacecraft gets waylayed by a wormhole and ends up landing on the hostile planet Sakaar. Hulk's been weakened by the crash, and in his diminished state he's taken into slavery, and forced to fight gladiatorial battles. He eventually leads an uprising and then returns to Earth. (You can catch up on Planet Hulk with an animated version
- Hulk returns to Earth and cue The Avengers: Infinity War. Hulk, looking for revenge, would go down the World War Hulk story-line path.
So, how likely is this to actually come to the big screen? We know that Marvel likes to plan things out far into the future. With already confirmed for Phase 3, it looks like the pieces are fitting together in all the right places.
I'm really excited for this because the Planet Hulk and World War Hulk arcs really give Hulk his due. I always felt like the green guy was treated more like living weapon; take Tony Stark's "We have a Hulk" for instance. Planet Hulk really gave the character the chance to break out of the "Sick 'em" Hulk archetype and develop a richer, more nuanced personality and – ultimately – a deeply personal purpose. All my current Hulk-love developed because of Planet Hulk and World War Hulk, and it would appear that I'm not the only one that feels that way, with these two stories being among the most popular in the comic book world.
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