A huge 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' SPOILER regarding the fate of The Hulk has allegedly been leaked.
As you can probably tell by the bevy of capital letters and bold text ensconced around the word spoiler, you shouldn't read ahead if you don't want 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' ruined for you.
However, it should also be noted that, at this point, this information is still conjecture and there's every chance that it could be well-wide of the mark. But if it turns out to actually be true then at least I warned you though.
Are they gone? Good. I never liked them anyway.
So according to Hitfix at the conclusion of the Joss Whedon sequel Bruce Banner goes toe-to-toe with Ultron, and their battle eventually ends with the pair on a Quin jet that is being fired off of planet earth and can't be re-programmed. Basically, this means The Hulk is stuck on a jet into outer space that he is simply going to have to ride out. Let's hope that he at least has some magazines.
What does this mean for Marvel's third cinematic phase then? Age Of Ultron will be the last edition to the studio's second phase, and, if this information is correct, it suggests that the likes of [Guardians of the Galaxy 2](movie:1081113) and Avengers 3 will be heavily affected by The Hulk's impromptu journey into deep space.
Wherever The Hulk actually lands you can bet your last penny that it will be somewhere in the vicinity of Peter Quill and his merry band of warriors. They will then probably set-about trying to get Banner back to Earth, while you can also expect the group to partake in their own adventure along the way too.
Thanos' confirmed involvement in Guardians Of The Galaxy also sets-up his return to take on The Hulk, the duo have a somewhat heated rivalry in the comics, in its likely sequel, which would then help to get the villain back to Earth for [The Avengers 3](movie:738027) film too.
In the same film, the Guardians Of The Galaxy would then also, hopefully, line-up alongside Iron Man, Captain America and Thor, which has been teased in the past and would also help to firmly place Quill, Groot, Rocket, Drax and Gamora as Marvel's main franchise - something that the studio expects to happen when the film is released next month.
This revelation also suggests that The Hulk probably won't get his own solo outing just yet too, and he will instead bounce between 'GOTG' and 'The Avengers' for the next few years.
Which is a sensible decision, as despite Mark Ruffalo's exemplary performance as the big green behemoth in 'The Avengers', there's no denying the fact that the character's previous cinematic appearances haven't lived up to his iconic comic-book status and this means that Marvel just aren't confident enough to give him his own film ... yet.
Basically Ruffalo has Eric Bana and Edward Norton to blame for not having his own comic-book franchise.
Do you think that The Hulk will be jettisoned off earth at the end of 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'?
Gregory Wakeman is a movie enthusiast who was surprisingly blown away by [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](movie:254973). When you're wrong you've just got to hold your hands up - and right now I'm on my tippy toes touching the ceiling with remorse.