Kevin Feige: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Nearly Missed Out On ‘Planet Hulk’ Storyline

Hulk-Thor-Ragnarok-MarvelAt the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron back in 2015, one of the final scenes had Hulk boarding the Quinjet and fans lit up at the thought of Marvel tackling the Planet Hulk storyline — those theories were somewhat crushed when Banner ended up taking off into the bright blue sky. In a recent interview for The Wrap with Heroic’s own Umberto Gonzalez, Marvel guru Kevin Feige opened up about how Hulk went from earthbound to Sakaar-bound in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok.

One of the first things learned in the interview, and when the plot of Thor: Ragnarok was presented to the masses? Don’t doubt El Mayimbe when it comes to scoops, as he had reported on Marvel’s dive into Planet Hulk back in 2013 — he was just three years early is all.

“You had the big scoop about us doing ‘Planet Hulk,’” said Feige. “It turned out to be accurate [but] at the time, it was not accurate because we didn’t have any plans to do it and Joss (Whedon) was doing ‘Age of Ultron’ at that time. The way it ends as you recall with Hulk in the Quinjet going off, right?”

“We said, ‘Joss, we can’t do that because he’s not going into space and people are going to think we’re doing ‘Planet Hulk’ because Umberto has some big hot scoop that we’re doing ‘Planet Hulk,’ we can’t do it.’ He goes, ‘Well, what are you going to do?’ We said, ‘We don’t know.’ So, if you go back and look at that shot of the movie, he’s in the sky. It’s blue sky.”

And though an earlier version of the Ultron script had Hulk near Saturn, losing signal with the Quinjet seemed to be the best way to keep options open. But why now? What made Thor: Ragnarok the best opportunity for Hulk to pop in for his own major story arc?

Apparently Chris Hemsworth was getting lonely. Beta Ray Bill was almost the answer, among others, but Hulk’s potential chemistry with Thor could even be tracked back to the first Avengers film. Soon after a talk with executive producer Brad Winderbaum, the Planet Hulk story in the MCU became real — meaning Feige would have to eat his words to Whedon in 2016.

“We wanted to do something totally different with Thor,” Feige said. “Chris Hemsworth really was like, ‘When do other Marvel players come in with me?’ … Definitely, [we] want Hela in the movie. Definitely wanted, of course, the continuing relationship with Loki. We had early ideas for Valkyrie. We were talking about Balder. We were talking about Beta Ray Bill, but, that’s not enough. But we were like, ‘We need something big.’”

“Well, what if he did go to space?” Feige said. “We would jokily call it ‘Planet Thor,’ for a while. I went, ‘You know what that means?’ They go, ‘What?’ I go, ‘That means Hulk went to space at the end of Ultron.’ So, I had to tell Joss. And this was a year after Ultron came out. It was kind of a big thing. We were like, ‘You gotta change it Joss, he’s not going to space.’ A year after I go, ‘Joss, guess where he’s going?’ ‘He’s going to space.'”

And it won’t be long before fans can see this longtime plan come to fruition. You can check out the synopsis for Thor: Ragnarok below:

In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok“, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladictorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk!

Directed by Taika Waititi, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson,  Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins.

Thor: Ragnarok will be released in theaters on Nov. 3.

Source: The Wrap

5 Reasons We’re Excited For ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

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Thor: RagnarokGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is out on home media and Spider-Man: Homecoming has been playing in theaters for a while now, so it’s time to look forward to the next Marvel movies, the first being Thor: Ragnarok.

The trailer for the film is incredible. The vibe, the action, the set-design, the soundtrack, every element of the trailer screams, “This is a different kind of Thor movie.”

And that’s exactly what we need. Thor: The Dark World was the most easily forgettable Marvel sequel, only distinguishable from the original for its use of fan-favorite villain Loki. Thor: Ragnarok looks poised to switch up the formula, seeming more like a fun intergalactic romp than a brooding space epic.

Judging from the trailer and other positive buzz, there’s plenty of cause to be excited for Thor: Ragnarok. Here are the 5 reasons why. Click next to get started!

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