A report that the popular "Planet Hulk" storyline from the Marvel comic book line would form the basis of several of the company's upcoming movies has turned out to be inaccurate.
Earlier this month, sources told
movie news site Latino Review that an out-of-control Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) would be fired off into space at the end of 2015's "The Avengers 2." As in the comics, the Hulk would then star in his own movie in which he would land on an alien planet and become its ruler -- just in time for him to lead his own army back to Earth for revenge in "The Avengers 3."
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has now reported that the scoop was "1,000% inaccurate," and that the "Planet Hulk" and "World War Hulk" storylines would not serve as the basis for Marvel's "Phase 3" slate of movies, according to "an extremely well-connected source."
The reason? Marvel has Ruffalo signed to a six-picture deal, and was "thrilled" with his portrayal of Hulk's alter ego, Dr. Bruce Banner, in last year's "The Avengers." Both the studio and the fans seemed to agree that Ruffalo nailed the characters after two previous tries by Eric Bana and Edward Norton.
The problem is that in both "Planet Hulk" and "World War Hulk," Banner is nowhere to be seen -- he's in his big green form the whole time. And Marvel does not want to have an actor locked up for six pictures and not have him appear (except perhaps for some motion capture) in at least two of them.
The good news is that both Hulk and Banner will be a big part of "The Avengers 2," which is only fitting since this version of them was among that movie's highlights. As for the Hulk getting his own movie at all -- Marvel is still vague about that possibility.
So are you disappointed that those two epic Hulk stories probably won't be seen on the screen any time soon? Or is Marvel making the right decision to use its "Avengers" breakout star as much as possible?