Joss Whedon Denies 'Planet Hulk' Rumors

The 'Marvel's The Avengers' director debunks a recent story that claimed 'The Avengers 2' ends with Hulk being shot into space, leading into Phase III.
Joss Whedon shoots down Planet Hulk movie rumors
Joss Whedon shoots down Planet Hulk movie rumors
It was rumored that The Avengers 2 will end with Hulk being sent into space, which would seemingly set up Marvel's Phase III series of movies and a purported Planet Hulk stand-alone feature. Marvel's The Avengers director Joss Whedon has stepped forth to squash those rumors like a puny human.

"Well I'm really not supposed to comment, but no, that's nonsense."


This could be subtle subterfuge on Joss Whedon's part. No screenplay has been written for The Avengers 2 yet, which is set for release in 2015. It is possible that a lot may change between now and then. For now, though, it seems we won't be taking a trip to Planet Hulk anytime soon. The story line was previously explored in the 2010 animated movie Planet Hulk.

While the story is still being worked out for The Avengers 2, Joss Whedon teased that his follow-up will be inspired be classic, non-superhero sequels such as The Godfather: Part II and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back.

"I've got the next story, and it's a corker. I haven't even been thinking in terms of superhero movies. The films I've been thinking about are The Godfather: Part II and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. Those are the stars by which I chart my course."


The Planet Hulk story debuted in a 2006 run of The Incredible Hulk comic books, where the mighty green Avenger was banished from the group and exiled to a planet named Sakaar. While he is first enslaved by the natives, he eventually leads a rebellion against the planet's evil Red King. He later returns to Earth to get his revenge on the Avengers. Marvel's Kevin Feige has previously expressed interest in bringing this particular Hulk story to the screen, so we may see Planet Hulk sometime in the near future, no matter what Joss Whedon says. After all, this wouldn't be the first time a director has lied to fans about a big franchise. And when it comes to Marvel's The Avengers, its the biggest franchise currently going, second, only, maybe, to Star Wars (both owned by Disney).

Planet Hulk is in development and stars Mark Ruffalo.



Sources: IGN

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  1. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @Joshua-Hollaway I'm well aware, but since there hasn't yet been any indication that he will use the gauntlet, I half expect him to level a whole population just to get the Avenger's attention.

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  2. Joshua Hollaway

    @bawnian-dexeus infinity gauntlet Thanos wiped out half of existance with a thought

    1 year agoby @Joshua-HollawayFlag

  3. Sean

    @Smitty-werbenjagermanjensen Same here. I would've liked to see it.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  4. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @narrator Like, a major city should be wiped out entirely. Something very bold, like in the Infinity Gauntlet arc where all of L.A. went underwater

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  5. the Narrator

    @bawnian-dexeus A giant scar on the planet? As in a big effect on the Earth or reprucussions for the first film? Or a physical scar on the planet? Sorry, man, I'm not firing on all cylinders so could you elaborate? Lol.

    1 year agoby @narratorFlag

  6. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @narrator Still wondering how it will all translate come 2015. If it does take place on Earth, there definitely should be s giant scar on the planet

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  7. Writer220

    these are not the films you are looking for.

    waves hand, points to another set of films 'those are the films you are looking for'.

    No comment

    1 year agoby @writer220Flag

  8. the Narrator

    Agreed, @bawnian-dexeus, but we've seen so many comparisons to Empire Strikes Back and The Godfather Part 2 of late, that I'm just feeling less inclined to buy into it. good benchmarks to measure your film against, sure, because both sequels went deeper into character development and went for a personal doom rather than a large scale one (ie: Death Star can kill planets versus capturing Luke). I hope the Avengers goes that way, I really do, but I'll remain skeptical until then. Lol.

    1 year agoby @narratorFlag

  9. Smitty-werbenjagermanjensen

    damn, i actually liked that idea too

    1 year agoby @Smitty-werbenjagermanjensenFlag

  10. justatadmatt

    in whedon we trust.

    1 year agoby @justatadmattFlag

  11. Mka47

    all i see is "crap! how did they find out?! just play it cool joss....Well I'm really not supposed to comment, but no, that's nonsense"

    1 year agoby @mka47Flag

  12. undeadslayer4

    put in the red hulk already

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  13. ROFLitschristian

    No skin off my nose. Just please, get those Thanos and Vision storylines going!

    1 year agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  14. David garcia

    I my opinion, they should make a sequel to Norton's hulk, with the Red Hulk as the villain.

    1 year agoby @David-garcia-67788063Flag

  15. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Great terminology for what a sequel should be. As for the Hulk thing, I can wait. He's not exactly a hero character I would get butt hurt over

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  16. The Real Goku

    I know it wouldn't happen but a World War Hulk movie would be so cool and action packed. Hulk vs the Xmen, juggernaut, iron man, the fantastic 4, etc

    1 year agoby @therealGokuFlag