Good new, Hulk fans!
Over the past few years, Mark Ruffalo has repeatedly suggested - in no uncertain terms - that he has very little interest in appearing in a Hulk solo movie based on the popular recent story-line, Planet Hulk. In Ruffalo's words:
“I don’t think that’s the way to go yet. I think you need more Banner. The whole thing is just him as Hulk, on a planet, fighting other gladiators. He falls in love, he has a baby, he finds a woman… and then The Avengers nuke the planet.”
Which, aside from being a pretty good summary of what Planet Hulk was all about, seems like pretty definitive dismissal of the story's chances of hitting the big screen.
And then, this happened:
Mark Ruffalo Totally Just Teased Planet Hulk
Speaking to IGN, alongside his Avengers: Age of Ultron co-star Scarlet Johansson, Ruffalo not only revealed that he'd like to see the story make it to the MCU, but that there's actually been talk of it within Marvel Studios:
Mark Ruffalo: "I think there's a lot of places to go with him [Hulk]."
Scarlett Johansson: "Like where?"
Ruffalo: "Well he's going to space. Yeah, I mean there's some talk of maybe Planet Hulk."
IGN: "Would you like to see that?"
Ruffalo: "I'd be completely interested in entertaining that."
Now, Ruffalo apparently went on to admit that he hadn't been directly approached about the movie - and to clarify that it isn't part of Marvel's current slate - but the implication is still pretty clear:
Marvel's Thinking About Making Planet Hulk
Or, at least, incorporating elements of the story-line into another movie - which makes sense, since Ruffalo also notably mentioned above that:
"he's going to space."
Which certainly seems to suggest that the end result of all of this sort of thing in Age of Ultron...
...is going to be an outer space adventure for the not-so-jolly green giant.
How that'll tie together with the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe - and potentially Planet Hulk - remains to be seen, but it certainly raises one key question: