Joss Whedon on ‘Planet Hulk’ Movie Rumors: It’s “Nonsense”
After ‘The Avengers‘ it seemed a foregone conclusion that The Hulk would eventually get his own movie. Then came the rumors that a big part of Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe would involved Hulk being sent to outer space after ‘The Avengers 2‘ launching the ‘Planet Hulk’ storyline from the comics. But ‘Avengers’ director and Marvel Godfather Joss Whedon has commented on the Planet Hulk rumors and he calls the idea “nonsense.”
In the comics, a group (called the Illuminati) decide that Hulk is too dangerous to exist on Earth and so they shoot him into space where he presumably can’t do any more damage. From there it sort of turns into ‘Gladiator’ where Hulk becomes a slave on a distant planet, eventually fighting in arena battles, leading a revolution and becoming the king of this planet. Hence: Planet Hulk.
It’s all very comic book-y but would make for a very interesting Hulk movie. Sadly it doesn’t appear likely to ever happen.
Whedon spoke to IGN while promoting his upcoming Shakespearean indie ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and said:
Well, I’m really not supposed to comment on it but no, that’s nonsense.
This jives with earlier reports that the ‘Planet Hulk’ rumors are “1000% inaccurate.”
It’s all too bad because Planet Hulk would’ve been an interesting way to relaunch the Hulk franchise that wasn’t just rehashing the two previous Hulk movies (which didn’t work very well). It was also an interesting way to tie into Phase 3 with Hulk leaving Planet Hulk and returning to Earth for revenge and becoming, essentially, the villain in ‘Avengers 3.’
Of course, there is the possibility that Whedon is playing coy and wants to keep anything and everything they’re working on that far out a big secret. What do you think? Do you like the idea of a ‘Planet Hulk’ movie?