Thursday, February 7, 2013

Will the Hulk go to war?

According to Latino Review, (which has been a pretty good source of information on Marvel movies) we may see the Planet Hulk and World War Hulk storylines as a part of Marvel’s Phase 3. In case you were wondering, the movies leading up to and including The Avengers was Phase 1. Phase 2 is currently in progress with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World, Iron Man 3, Ant-Man, and of course The Avengers 2. Guardians of the Galaxy is also part of Phase 2 with the rumor of Iron Man being lost in space at the end of Iron Man 3 and meeting up with the Guardians in some way or another. And the Doctor Strange movie will be somewhere in the mix as well.

But back to the Hulk. The current Rumor is that Avengers 3 will be based on the World War Hulk plot. And before that we’ll have a stand alone Hulk Movie that will cover Planet Hulk. And Mark Ruffalo does have a multi film contract with Marvel. For those of you who never read the series, (spoilers ahead) basically Marvel’s heroes decide that Hulk is too dangerous and exile him to an uninhabited planet. Instead The Hulk lands on a different planet, is enslaved, forced into gladiatorial games, breaks free, leads a revolution, frees the planet, falls in love, loses his love, gets really mad (like really, really mad) and returns to Earth seeking revenge. In World War Hulk, The Hulk leads his Warbound (fellow gladiators and friends) in an attack on the Earth and defeats everyone. Chaos ensues, etc.

There is also a very interesting plot point that has to be discussed if this is in fact where Marvel is going. In a key moment in the story The Hulk faces the champion of his captors who is also a slave. In this brutal match, both are freed when the devices that are used to enslave them are damaged. In the comic, The Hulk battles the Silver Surfer. Which would mean Galactus would be around in the Marvel movie universe. Of course that all depends on if the Marvel secured the rights to Galactus and the Silver Surfer. I couldn’t tell lat time I checked. In the animated film, The Hulk battles Beta Ray Bill, an alien who is an ally of Thor in the comics and once wielded Mjolnir. So if the movie happens, what champion will the Hulk face and what will that signal for the movie universe in the future?

Of course right now this is all rumor and speculation. But to borrow the title of one of Marvels own comic books, What IF?

(UPDATE: Joss Whedon shoots this rumor down. It's not gonna happen.)

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