‘Planet Hulk’ to Launch Marvel Phase III; Movie to Be Teased at End of ‘The Avengers 2’

New details have emerged about Marvel’s plans for Hulk in their Phase II and Phase III sequels.

Planet Hulk in development at Marvel Studios
Planet Hulk in development at Marvel Studios
Way back in September, Marvel Studios' head honcho Kevin Feige revealed that there will not be a stand-alone Hulk movie until after The Avengers 2. He then went on to tease Planet Hulk as a possible movie, along with the World War Hulk storyline. Last night, news broke that these films are in fact in the works, with the very popular Planet Hulk comic book getting its own stand-alone adaptation that will be set up at the end of The Avengers 2, and will kick off Marvel's Phase III series of movies.

Here are Kevin Feige's comments from September.

"I don't think there's a lot that we couldn't do someday, as the cinematic universe continues to grow and expand and get as big as the comic book universe. Planet Hulk is a cool story. World War Hulk is a cool story. I think there are pitfalls of continuity-overload, and mythology getting so dense that it almost collapses in on itself. It happens every few decades or so in the comics. Apart from that, I'd say everything is on the table.

Do I think Hulk can carry a movie and be as entertaining as he was in Marvel's The Avengers? I do believe that. I do believe he absolutely could. We certainly are not even going to attempt that until The Avengers 2. So there's a lot of time to think about it.

Part of what's fun about the way we played him in Marvel's The Avengers is the ensemble quality of it. I think the pathos and humor showcased a different element of Hulk that's there in the comics, and was always inherent in his character. But when he was so brooding in his other two films, he didn't get to have that wry sense of humor."

El Mayimbe from Latino Review confirmed last night that as of this moment, Marvel is planning to send Hulk into space at the end of The Avengers 2. He has become to hard to manage, and will be banished from Earth. This will set up Planet Hulk, which was already turned into a feature length animated film in 2010.

The storyline originally ran in The Incredible Hulk comic books in 2006, and saw Hulk being banished by all of the Marvel heroes. He lands on an alien planet called Sakaar, where he is enslaved and forced to participate in gladiatorial events. He becomes a hero of the rebellion against the Red King and eventually becoming ruler of the planet. He later returns to Earth for his revenge.

The events seen in the Planet Hulk live-action adaptation will set up The Avengers 3, which will utilize the World War Hulk storyline, and see all of Earth's heroes battling Hulk and his space army. Here, Hulk will come seeking his revenge on the people that banished him. The story will have the newly crowned king of Sakaar beating the superhero ensemble into submission and pitting them against each other in a Hulk hosted gladiator games.

Hulk won't be seen in any of the Phase II films leading up to his appearance in The Avengers 2. His expulsion from the planet will be spearheaded by Doctor Strange, who will be introduced here before his own Marvel Phase III stand-alone movie.

Mark Ruffalo is currently signed for a total of six movies with Marvel Studios.

Iron Man 3 will be hitting theaters May 3, kicking off Phase II, followed by Thor: The Dark World on November 8th, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4th of 2014 and Guardians of the Galaxy a short time later. Phase III of the franchise will feature Ant-Man in 2015 and a possible Doctor Strange film that has not been confirmed as of yet.

Planet Hulk is in development and stars Mark Ruffalo.

Avengers: Age of Ultron comes to theaters May 1st, 2015 and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner. The film is directed by Joss Whedon.

Sources: Latino Review

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Comments (41)

  1. Buriblazing

    Dude marvel is kicking serious ass

    2 years agoby @buriblazingFlag

  2. Buriblazing

    Oh this is awesome so good to be a nerd this time

    2 years agoby @buriblazingFlag

  3. Joshua Hollaway

    @bawnian-dexeus I read it was a joke between writers who said " hey lets make a the most powerful human ever, the power of a thousand suns" but it became really popular so they stuck with it.. @ROFLitschristian Well in World War Hulk he isnt really a villain, he is more of an anti-hero. He was still saving people, and he was never really going to kill he heroes, just show them they arent any better than he is.

    2 years agoby @Joshua-HollawayFlag

  4. ROFLitschristian

    @Joshua-Hollaway You do make a valid argument. My thing is that in the first Avengers, he was kind of playing a villain? I don't mean like Loki villain, but more as a conflicting hero (I'm sure you know what I'm getting at). It seemed like everyone was already suspecting Banner to lose his sh*t and be on the defense. I feel like that was the incorporation of Hulk's tyranny. To have a whole film based on him being a villain would seem redundant in a way. But I don't know, maybe that's just me.

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  5. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @Joshua-Hollaway Isn't Sentry like Marvel's response to Superman?

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  6. Joshua Hollaway

    Luckily for Hulk, Thor was king of Asgard at the time, so he wasnt on earth for the events, but if he was...if he had the ODIN POWER (which was strong enough to destroy captain americas indestructible shield like glass) That would be one of the most epic fights in comic history...But hulk would be in serious trouble.

    2 years agoby @Joshua-HollawayFlag

  7. Joshua Hollaway

    @ROFLitschristian Why make him a villain now? Answer: Character Development. People get it confused, hulk isnt a hero he is the HULK, meaning when he loses control he will smash everything and everyone. This could blend together beautifully honestly.. While the fight against Thanos in phase 2 they could show the hulk losing control attacking members of the avengers and making the mission alot harder than it had to be, also while in phase 3 I dont know if they are going the Ultron Route, but if they dont World WaR Hulk would could easily end this avengers phase....Hopefully by then we can get FF back to Marvel so they can be included.. but @bawnian-dexeus is right he cant be touched..except for Dr.Strange and Sentry( who is one of the gayest heroes),

    2 years agoby @Joshua-HollawayFlag

  8. Geekster

    As Kevin takes it its an idea but namley a name tag placed on a sequel, not really going to evolve from those specific linnears and all and to keep it full of wry dry wittisous humour!

    2 years agoby @The-Mudder-F-cking-Loud-KillerFlag

  9. Geekster

    They will be able to mold The Hulk into a villain and if not it will just be a great name for an official sequel to 2008's feature film. :P

    2 years agoby @The-Mudder-F-cking-Loud-KillerFlag

  10. Geekster

    @narrator The Incredible Hulk and Unleashed or Danny The Dog are both strong films, the previous HULK feature worked, and was a stand out for many a fans, it was not too preachy and evolutionized and arthousy as Lee's misunderstood adapatation, but i just dont like differing directors for sequels much but if there is to be a main man i think either Edgar Wright ( though he is doing Ant Man) British Film maker Nick Love :P be an interesting take on it!

    2 years agoby @The-Mudder-F-cking-Loud-KillerFlag

  11. Mrgolbourn

    I'm happy with this as long as its a better film then the first 2 hulk films, but I'm liking marvels approach to all this it's following the comics quite well, but will spider man and wolverine be apart in any of the upcoming Marvell films ? And I can see the avengers part 3 becoming a 2 part film tbh there a lot they can do with that film if they take the route they are talking about.

    2 years agoby @MrgolbournFlag

  12. Fry_3000

    Brilliant this will be a good boost for hulk and can spawn into more films for him if this works

    2 years agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  13. ROFLitschristian

    As much as I would love, and I mean LOVE, to see a Planet Hulk film, I don't think an Avenger's Phase is what's needed. For starters, it's like @gandoff said, why make him a villain now? Second, with the "lure" that's been set up between all these films, how exactly is Planet Hulk going to fit into it so delicately? It's a great idea no doubt. But is it really going to collide with everything else?

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  14. MovieManiac

    Okay, this is cool news but we haven't even seen a part of Phase II yet. Let's finish with that before we star our Phase III talk please. I do give Marvel and Kevin Fiege credit though. What they are doing to the universe is insanely ambitious and i am all for ambition in Hollywood.

    2 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  15. the Narrator

    F*ck no, @The-Mudder-F-cking-Loud-Killer. Name a single good film he's done in his entire career outside of the acceptable "The Incredible Hulk".

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  16. Sean

    @eddie584 Yeah, that would be cool to see.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  17. TheObserver

    @Roberto-Mata ...I wonder if he survived the explosion... like i said thats as far as my comic knowledge goes lllolll

    2 years agoby @TheObserverFlag

  18. Geekster

    Louise Leterrior to helm please

    2 years agoby @The-Mudder-F-cking-Loud-KillerFlag

  19. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ejk1 They could always draw some elements from it. Although I've seen some pages from WWH, and he decimates nearly everyone, so it would make sense to make Hulk the top villain before or after Thanos/Ultron

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  20. Roberto Mata

    @TheObserver Oh Crap, Hulk has son then

    2 years agoby @Roberto-MataFlag

  21. TheObserver

    @Roberto-Mata well after freeing the ppl he married one of the inabitants she was pregnant when the shuttle

    2 years agoby @TheObserverFlag

  22. Corey W.

    Cool....but I'd rather start Phase 2 and see Avengers 2 before I read about Phase 3 news.

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  23. ejk1

    I think Marvel is spitballing at the moment, just trying to gauge what people think of this or that. As far as using the Illuminati to do this, a few of those crucial members are currently Fox properties, so they would have to be replaced. It's not a bad idea, and demonstrates how versatile Marvel can be with their direction. However, for now, I'll be taking the wait and see approach.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  24. justatadmatt

    I haven't even read the article...or the comments. i literally came in here just to say put a SPOILER WARNING next time...other possible titles for this article, "Feige hints at plans for Hulk into Phase II and III" "Update on the Hulk for upcoming Marvel Phase II and III". So many options, guys...

    2 years agoby @justatadmattFlag

  25. justatadmatt

    GUYS AT @movieweb, this is not cool...i've seen this article on other websites and NONE have given away the spoiler information IN THE TITLE...Please think before you post. Seriously. This is messed up...

    2 years agoby @justatadmattFlag

  26. CUPID

    Would be awesome.

    2 years agoby @cupidFlag

  27. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    So will Hulk be A 3's. Main villain?

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  28. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @dan1 That's what worries me

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  29. Joshua Hollaway

    I CALL BULLSH^T, but if it happens I will cry tears of joy

    2 years agoby @Joshua-HollawayFlag

  30. The Real Goku

    Lets hope they drop the whole "ape" thing that the hulk did in the avengers

    2 years agoby @therealGokuFlag

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