In an attempt to put an end to Planet Hulk movie rumors, Marvel Studios went overboard.

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In an attempt to put an end to Planet Hulk movie rumors, Marvel Studios went overboard.

Marvel Studios may have gone too far in its attempt to put an end to speculations of a Planet Hulk film. Reports flooded the internet before of Avengers: Age of Ultron’s 2015 release, claiming that Hulk’s next adventure will adapt the fan-favorite story from the comics, as described in the new book The Story of Marvel Studios: The Making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Hulk appears as a gladiator and then a revolutionary on the planet Sakaar in Planet Hulk, with no appearances by Bruce Banner. The conclusion of the story sets the stage for the World War Hulk crossover event (now rumored to be in development as a Marvel Studios project itself).

In the book, Feige adds, “We never even considered producing Planet Hulk because, as cool as we thought the comic was, Bruce Banner is not a part of Planet Hulk.” Banner is just too important to the Hulk’s concept in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be left out of one of its chapters. Also, Feige ignores the inconvenience and cost of a solo film in which the primary character and presumably the majority of the supporting cast are totally CGI.

To ensure that no one mistook the Hulk’s finale in Age of Ultron as setting up a Planet Hulk film, Feige had writer/director Joss Whedon alter the Hulk’s ending in that film. Hulk takes a Quinjet into space at first, and Nick Fury informs Black Widow that they’ve lost contact with him somewhere beyond Saturn.

“‘Joss, we can’t do this,’ I said. People will believe we’re doing Planet Hulk,’ says the actor.” Feige reminisces. They had Whedon edit the speech to imply they lost him while still on Earth, and they had the VFX shot’s starry sky changed with the blue of Earth’s atmosphere.

Surprisingly, Marvel agreed to let Hulk go to space after all, thanks to Guardians of the Galaxy executive producer Jonathan Schwartz’s suggestion. This was primarily to allow Hulk to confront Thor, but Marvel absorbed much of Planet Hulk’s plot and image into Thor: Ragnarok. Whedon was later approached by Feige, who informed him, “What happened to the Incredible Hulk? He’s gone to the farthest reaches of the universe.” What are your thoughts on the Planet Hulk rumors being incorrect, but Marvel Studios still sending Hulk to space? Do you want to see a full-fledged Planet Hulk film? Please share your thoughts in the comments area. Thor: Ragnarok is now available to watch on Disney+.

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