Marvel's Phase 3 is to be set during a time of discord and tumult generated from the aftermath of Ultron's attempt to wipe out all life on planet Earth. With public opinion of superheroes becoming increasingly divided, The Avengers become fragmented. In the midst of the Avengers' turmoils, a number of new characters are set to be introduced, such as Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Spider-Man, and Captain Marvel, thus allowing Thanos to take advantage of this state of disarray to fulfill his plot to collect all the Infinity Stones - which in turn will force the heroes of Earth to settle their differences to unite against the mad titan.
While I don't doubt for a second that these future films will be anything but pure visual spectacles and highly entertaining extravaganzas, I do however cast doubt on concluding Marvel's third phase with the Infinity saga as it feels like too much of a finale. Where do you go after the biggest, baddest bad guy is defeated?
Obviously Marvel have been planting the seeds of this plot since the latter stages of Phase 1 and have weaved an interconnected universe around this looming event but I do believe that it would prove beneficial if Marvel pushed back their plans for [The Avengers: Infinity War](tag:738027) in favor of a two-part Hulk saga based on Planet Hulk and its continuation Word War Hulk.
The Green Goliath has had two not so warmly received stand alone films before Mark Ruffalo finally brought some credence to the role as both Banner and Hulk in The Avengers .The prospect of another solo Hulk movie has been spoken about quite candidly by all involved at Marvel and when discussing such a film, it’s impossible not to bring up Planet Hulk , a story pitting Hulk into a savage alien planet and emerging as its king and World War Hulk which followed. That may be a commentary on the number of Hulk comic arcs actually suited to live-action, but that’s for fans to debate.
When Ruffalo and co-star Scarlett Johansson were speaking with IGN about the future of the films, Mark Ruffalo spoke quite openly – potentially far more openly than Marvel would have preferred.
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."
These comments from Ruffalo indicate that Marvel are at the very least considering adapting these stories to incorporate them into their cinematic universe, but since no official announcement or confirmation regarding any such plans have come from Marvel itself this is all just speculation.
In the comics The Illuminati feel that Hulk is too dangerous to remain on Earth. They trick him into entering orbit to destroy a rogue satellite, then use a shuttle to jettison him out of the solar system intending for him to land on a peaceful planet. Unbeknownst to them the shuttle passes trough a worm hole, eventually crashing on the planet Sakaar.
In my vision for the film adaptation, the seeds of the plot would be firmly planted in [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409). Tony Stark and Bruce Banner are close friends , collaborating on many scientific endeavors including the creation of Ultron. Banner also takes Tony's side against Steve Rogers on the issue of activating The Vision in Avengers 2 showing that he is firmly behind Tony . Hulk would feature in Civil War and one of the main issues would revolve around whether or not Banner would once again stand behind his friend on the issue of the Superhuman Registration Act and I see this playing out as follows :
- Bruce would be immensely torn on whether to side with his best friend but ultimately refuses to aid the government that for so long had hunted and tormented him causing a huge rift between Bruce and Tony , both harboring huge resentment towards the other .
- Rogers wishing to avert anymore bloodshed would surrender at the end of the film marking the end of Civil War but witnessing first hand the destruction Hulk caused during the war , the government make Banner their priority target.
- Unbeknownst to Tony the government decide there only form of recourse is to send Banner off world , fearing no prison on earth can contain Hulks rage.
- At the start of Planet Hulk the government would trick Banner into entering a spacecraft designed by Stark and then would proceed to launch him into outer space , realizing he has been duped Banner would immediately believe Tony is behind all of this and would fly into a fit of rage .
- Hulk would trash the shuttle in a desperate attempt to escape his metal prison inadvertently sending it off course.
The underline story of Planet Hulk would remain very much intact with Hulk fighting his way out of the gladiatorial ranks to conquer The Red King and claim Sakaar as his own kingdom , but holding Stark solely responsible for his exile from Earth and for the events that would transpire at the finale of Planet Hulk , setting up the sequel World War Hulk which would see Hulk return to Earth with his war bound to exact revenge on Tony and those who had fought on the pro-registration side.
This in my opinion would expand Marvel's Cosmic Universe and give Civil War long term repercussions that it would other wise not have leading straight into Infinity Wars and would also instill that there are consequences to what happens in this shared universe that lead into future films , besides the acknowledgement that certain major events had happened trough dialogue exchanges and references in news reports and news paper headlines. The Earth would also be left in a very vulnerable position after its protectors have been worn down and decimated trough the Civil War and the war waged on Earth by the Hulk , leaving it ripe for the pickings for Thanos to simply stroll in and claim the Infinity Stones for himself.
This would add a real sense of urgency to Infinity Wars as not even the combined might of all the remaining hero's would be able to stand against the might of an Infinity Gauntlet wielding Thanos . This would represent Thanos as the most powerful enemy ever to face the Marvel Universe and would present an excuse for the Gaurdians of the Galaxy to come to the aid of the deflated super heroes but even with their additional help Thanos would still prove far too powerful for this alliance of conventional heroes leaving the door open for him to be defeated by his even more powerful son Thane.
Of course this is just my opinion and I would love to gauge your thoughts on the matter , if you agree with me in wishing to see a Hulk saga before Infinity Wars or are of an entirely different opinion and disagree completely, let your voice be heard in the comment section below!
This has been an Hans Honest Opinion , thanks for reading and peace out !