It was back in 2015, after watching Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk fly off into space at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, that rumors of the Marvel Cinematic Universe adapting the popular Planet Hulk comic — a 2006 story by Greg Pak, Carlo Pagulayan, and Aaron Lopresti — first surfaced.
The idea only seemed to make sense, and gain momentum, given the ambiguous fate of the green giant. It wasn’t long after the reports of Planet Hulk leading into the MCU’s version of World War Hulk were dismissed by Ultron director Joss Whedon as “nonsense.”
However in a recent article in ScreenRant, it would seem that the rumors were not completely unwarranted especially given the recent images of Hulk dressed in gladiator gear in the Thor: Ragnarok trailers. The film’s producer, Brad Winderbaum, helped explain the origin story behind rumor during an on-set interview last year.
“I mean, it was a very early idea. In the earliest development of Thor, we were looking at Planet Hulk as inspiration, maybe not even to integrate the Hulk into the franchise but the idea of a planet where there’s gladiatorial games as being a Thor predicament. It really was a cool idea to us.”
According to Winderbaum, the conversation evolved into one that would actually include the Hulk, given the fun chemistry between Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo.
“Somewhere in the early conversations, when it looked like it was going that way, it was a no brainer. It actually started off as like, ‘…could we have Hulk in there too?’ And then as soon as that spark ignited, it ignited kind of an idea machine. And suddenly [Hulk] was married to the plot.”
Kevin Feige also talked about why he believed a strict adaptation of Planet Hulk wasn’t as good an idea as it seemed to fans, explaining that it would waste Mark Ruffalo’s talents in favor of a CG star, and as Ruffalo soon pointed out himself why Planet Hulk wouldn’t make sense for the MCU.
So it now appears, Marvel has found a way to balance that Hulk story to satisfy fans, while avoiding most of the narrative or dramatic drawbacks. Basically, allow Hulk to be a gladiator in Thor’s larger story and his human form of Bruce Banner to bring humanity to to the Asgardian story.
It may not be the Planet Hulk film fans were pining for. It may be better.
Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo, Tessa Thompson, Idris Elba, Karl Urban, and Jeff Goldblum. Here is the official synopsis:
Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor’s quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela (Cate Blanchett) from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.
Thor: Ragnarok opens in theaters on November 3, 2017.
5 Reasons We’re Excited For ‘Thor: Ragnarok’
Guardians 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!