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Thursday, September 18, 2014

No Planet Hulk Movie Planned


Sometimes the rumors pan out, and sometimes they don't. I've been following closely on all the fanboy rumors about how the Marvel Universe was setting up for a Planet Hulk movie.

It all started when those at Marvel Studios were thinking of another Hulk movie reboot due to the success of Hulk in the Avengers. Naturally, fanboys went crazy and started spewing out Planet Hulk! Planet Hulk!

Recently, in a July interview, James Gunn matter-of-factly said, "There's not going to be a 'Planet Hulk' movie, there was never going to be a 'Planet Hulk' movie, there was never a plan for the Hulk to team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy – I wouldn't want the Hulk to team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy! And it's all a bunch of complete bullshit!" 

This sudden smack-down most likely had to do with the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie and why the Sakaraan's were used in the movie instead of the Badoon, causing the rumors about a Planet Hulk movie to ramp up even more in the realm of comic speculation. Gunn also provided the reason why the Sakaaran's were really used for Guardians, "The reason we picked the Sakaraan is because we don't own Badoon. In the script it originally said Badoon," Gunn said. "So you can blame search and replace for changing Badoon to Sakaraan and leading to the whole 'Planet Hulk' conspiracy." 

Actually Fox owns the movie rights to the Badoon because of the Fantastic Four.


Kevin Feige, head of Marvel Studios even chimed in about this comic movie news recently by saying, "Well that's why there are no plans for Planet Hulk anytime soon. I think what's cool about the Planet Hulk story is it's all Hulk." 

He then continued, "He's a gladiator, he's fighting all these creatures on another world. Yes, some of those creatures show up in [Guardians of the Galaxy], which makes people think, 'Oh, maybe it could exist.' And maybe it could exist, someday. I don't think that's the first place we would go though for the very reason that you stated, which is, if we were ever able to do a standalone Hulk movie, 60 percent of the fun would be seeing Mark Ruffalo leading a Marvel movie -- and that's what we would do if we ever went down that road." 

Feige obviously did not rule out the idea of a Planet Hulk movie, but he also said there were no immediate plans for one. Despite this news, fans are still insistent that a Planet Hulk movie is inevitable. 

That maybe true. With an Inhumans movie in the works and the Sakaraans already introduced on the big screen, it may be plausible that the creatives over at Marvel Studios could write it in somehow. I do agree that if that happened, it wouldn't be until a much later phase, and who is to say that the general audience of movie-goers won't be sick and tired of superhero movies by then?

2 comments:

  1. I would love to see Planet Hulk made into a live action film someday but not until later on. I like Marvel's plan so far with Phase 1 and 2 and I'm sure 3 will be great. It seems like phase 1 was all about introducing the characters and origin stories. Phase 2 has been digging deeper into the psyche of these characters, and I think Phase 3 will be the the characters understanding there place in the Marvel universe with giant threats like Thanos and the Infinity Gems.

    After that I think they could do bigger adventures for the solo characters like Planet Hulk. After Phase 3 I think they should do one more Avengers movie with Kang as the villain. that would cover all of the Avengers main villains for each phase: Loki, Ultron, Thanos & Kang. Plus, I think Kang is the only place to go after Thanos. The only threat left is a timeline altering genius from the future with advanced technology.

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    1. I don't think I'd care to see a Planet Hulk movie much. As Kevin Feige said, and I tend to agree with, a Planet Hulk movie wouldn't see Bruce Banner in it at all and that presents two problems for the studio...one Mark Ruffalo wouldn't really be in it and two, everything would be CGC and motion capture. That equals a huge production budget.

      The Hulk movies before were mild successes, but in no way big enough for Marvel or Disney to take a gamble on a massive production budget for a Hulk movie like Planet Hulk. You're right, somewhere down the line it may happen after Phase 3, since we all know that Phase 3 will lead up to a storyline based off of the Infinity Gauntlet series.

      Kang would be a cool villain to introduce after phase 3!

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