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Rumor, rumor, who's heard a rumor? When it comes to the future of Marvel, and what we can expect from the superhero dream factory's films going forward, the sheer excitement they've instilled in us over the last few years has lead to a dramatic upswing in those rumors. A really juicy one circulating at the moment involves 'The Avengers' own big green monster. If these Hulk rumors are true, the following information constitutes major spoilers for not only the next Hulk standalone film, but also the next 'Avengers' as well. According to Latino Review's Marvel source, the next individual Hulk movie will not occur until after 'The Avengers 2.' In the team-up sequel, The Hulk, still played by Mark Ruffalo, will cause more damage than the other heroes think is appropriate for him to remain on Earth. The ending of the film will therefore feature his being blasted into space, which will result in a Phase 3 'Planet Hulk' movie. According to this 2006 storyline, written by Greg Pak, the other heroes send Hulk to another planet whereon he lives as a gladiator and plots his return to Earth to have his revenge. It should be stressed that none of this information has been confirmed by the studio.
Once again, this should in no way be taken as gospel, and it is very possible that the 'Planet Hulk' movie will not materialize. However, even in terms of a hypothetical, this makes for interesting discussion. I would love to see a live-action 'Planet Hulk.' That story effectively communicates the complicated relationship that exists not only between The Hulk and the rest of Earth's heroes, but between the Hulk and the Earth itself. I think Joss Whedon did a great job in 'The Avengers' of selling the idea that The Hulk can be utilized for incredible feats of heroism, but that he also poses a significant threat to himself and civilization. My disappointment here is that we purportedly have to wait until Phase 3 to see the new Hulk standalone. If you recall, it was reported quite some time ago that Marvel had optioned Ruffalo for six total Hulk movies. It therefore seemed a cinch that we would get at least one of those before 'Avengers 2.' I am chomping at the bit to see a new film with the big guy, especially after Ruffalo's outstanding performance in the role, and while I understand the necessity for 'The Avengers 2' to precede a 'Planet Hulk' movie, one wonders why Marvel would not delve into another Hulk arc in a film prior to that.
What do you guys think? Would you be interested in a 'Planet Hulk' movie? Who should direct it? Would it disappoint you to have to wait until after 'Avengers 2' for a new Hulk standalone?