‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Director James Gunn on ‘Planet Hulk’ Rumors: “100% Bulls—“
The 'Planet Hulk' movie rumors have been going strong since over a year ago, despite almost everyone involved in the Marvel universe - from Joss Whedon to Kevin Feige - categorically denying the existence of such a movie. The rumor got a new head of steam recently when a report suggested that the 'Planet Hulk' movie wouldn't be a standalone film, but actually the plot of 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2,' which would find Hulk as a supporting character in their next adventure and the driving force to get the Guardians to Earth for 'Avengers 3.' Well, you can add another denial on the 'Planet Hulk' pile as 'Guardians' director James Gunn stepped forward and has said bluntly, "It is absolute, 100% bullshit."
Please, go on...
There's not going to be a 'Planet Hulk' movie, there was never going to be a 'Planet Hulk' movie, there was never 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.
I'm so sick of it. It feels like a great relief to finally say this after all the dumb stuff on the Internet.
Now, to be fair, the most recent rumors came from a HitFix that used some factual information about the ending of 'Avengers 2' to speculate on what could happen with Hulk and 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' and that article was very careful about its wording. There was no "this is definitely going to happen," but more of a "this is what we think will likely happen."
Gunn says he thinks that some of this speculation came about because the Sakaraan race, the alien planet in the Planet Hulk comics, make an appearance in 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' but he says that has nothing to do with the Hulk storyline.
The reason we picked the Sakaraan is because we don't own Badoon. In the script it originally said Badoon. So you can blame search and replace for changing Badoon to Sakaaran and leading to the whole 'Planet Hulk' conspiracy.
And, it could very well be that simple.
It is possible that Marvel has trained its actors to lie to protect the secrecy of their upcoming plans, but Whedon called 'Planet Hulk' "nonsense" and now James Gunn has called it "100% bullshit" and these are two guys who are known for their honesty and would just issue a "no comment" if they couldn't talk about something that had some truth to it. At this point, we think it's fair to say that the plans for a 'Planet Hulk' movie, or a Planet Hulk crossover of some sorts, is dead. (At least until Marvel decides it isn't.)