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Joss Whedon calls Planet Hulk rumors "nonsense"

Mar. 5, 2013by:

While Joss Whedon continues to scribble away on his script for THE AVENGERS 2, he's also out promoting his little black and white film, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, a contemporary take on the Shakespeare classic.  IGN caught up with the prolific director, who just wrapped the pilot for the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show and asked if there was any truth to the recently reported rumors of the Hulk getting a new movie in the form of Planet Hulk and, subsequently, World War Hulk for THE AVENGERS 3.  Whedon's response was short and to the point:

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

That's the second time someone from inside the camp has denied the Planet Hulk rumors.  Does this mean it's 100% bullshit at this point?  Who's to say, really?  Marvel would be wise to deny it at this point, as they likely want to keep the focus on the projects currently in development, rather than ones that aren't even in script phase.  Still, hearing it from Whedon does put a damper on the whole thing, but, he too is known for being a sneaky one with rumors.  I wouldn't call it a day on the rumors just yet, but I wouldn't hold my breath either.  This falls squarely in the "if it happens cool, if it doesn't, then whatever" category.

Marvel has rolled the dice on solo Hulk films twice now and I'm sure they're more than a little hesitant to jump right back into another green goliath onscreen adventure without some serious interest and financial reliability (i.e. THE AVENGERS 2 box office) before it happens.

Joss Whedon's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING hits theaters on, while THE AVENGERS 2 is slated for May 1, 2015.

Extra Tidbit: Whether they do it or not, I think a Planet Hulk movie would be great. The common complaint is that Banner isn't in it, but I don't think it would be that difficult to work him into the story somehow if that were the deal breaker. What do you think?
Source: IGN

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3:25PM on 03/07/2013

Whedon knows his Shit!

Come on people no one wants to see a talking Hulk picture. Hulk is the manifestation of pure rage, of Banners inner turmoil, not some dude that walks around talking in complete sentences and living his life as the Hulk 24/7.
Josh knows this and a movie that was Bannerless would just be fail.
Ruffalo nailed Banner, he tore that role up, and if a solo movie is to be made it would be an idiotic decision not to use him and keep the Hulk in the shadows for most of the film.
Remember the old
Come on people no one wants to see a talking Hulk picture. Hulk is the manifestation of pure rage, of Banners inner turmoil, not some dude that walks around talking in complete sentences and living his life as the Hulk 24/7.
Josh knows this and a movie that was Bannerless would just be fail.
Ruffalo nailed Banner, he tore that role up, and if a solo movie is to be made it would be an idiotic decision not to use him and keep the Hulk in the shadows for most of the film.
Remember the old adage, always leave them wanting more.
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11:28AM on 03/06/2013

But...

the last story on this topic claimed they "decided against it" which means they had considered it. That's obviously the pasty he's "not supposed to comment" on. Seriously, the last story on the subject gushed about Mark Guffalo and how they didn't want to do a Hulk movie that didn't take advantage of Mark Guffalo as Bruce Banner.
the last story on this topic claimed they "decided against it" which means they had considered it. That's obviously the pasty he's "not supposed to comment" on. Seriously, the last story on the subject gushed about Mark Guffalo and how they didn't want to do a Hulk movie that didn't take advantage of Mark Guffalo as Bruce Banner.
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9:57AM on 03/06/2013
Would it really be that hard to write Banner into a Planet Hulk movie though? I guess the main problem is really that audiences have come to associate Hulk too much with the TV series even though attempting to recreate that is obviously bullshit, hence that whole Louis Leterrier debacle (which, I'll admit, has gotten a lot better with age). Still think Ang Lee had the best take though, if you're going to focus on Banner - REALLY focus on Banner.
Would it really be that hard to write Banner into a Planet Hulk movie though? I guess the main problem is really that audiences have come to associate Hulk too much with the TV series even though attempting to recreate that is obviously bullshit, hence that whole Louis Leterrier debacle (which, I'll admit, has gotten a lot better with age). Still think Ang Lee had the best take though, if you're going to focus on Banner - REALLY focus on Banner.
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8:07AM on 03/06/2013
Not really surprised about this news, even if it's just a short sentence from Whedon. I imagine The Avengers 2 will be epic beyond belief
Not really surprised about this news, even if it's just a short sentence from Whedon. I imagine The Avengers 2 will be epic beyond belief
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5:27PM on 03/05/2013

Get ready for the thumbs down...

...but I actually FAR prefer the Ang Lee Hulk over the Norton version. Regardless, I'm not sold on the idea of a Planet Hulk/World War Hulk movie anyhow. I have faith in Joss Whedon and I'm sure he will give us another amazing version of the Hulk in Avengers 2.
...but I actually FAR prefer the Ang Lee Hulk over the Norton version. Regardless, I'm not sold on the idea of a Planet Hulk/World War Hulk movie anyhow. I have faith in Joss Whedon and I'm sure he will give us another amazing version of the Hulk in Avengers 2.
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6:32PM on 03/05/2013
Stop LIEING!!!!!!
Stop LIEING!!!!!!
5:05PM on 03/05/2013
Isn't 'Planet Hulk' just a 'Gladiator' rip-off anyway?
Isn't 'Planet Hulk' just a 'Gladiator' rip-off anyway?
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1:33AM on 03/06/2013
or vice versa
or vice versa
1:33AM on 03/06/2013
or vice versa
or vice versa
1:28PM on 03/05/2013
I wish they would introduce the Sentry into the Marvel cinematic universe. It would be an awesome solo film, and the Sentry/Void would be the ultimate on screen villan for an Avengers movie...not to mention someone that could go toe to toe with the Hulk.
I wish they would introduce the Sentry into the Marvel cinematic universe. It would be an awesome solo film, and the Sentry/Void would be the ultimate on screen villan for an Avengers movie...not to mention someone that could go toe to toe with the Hulk.
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6:40PM on 03/05/2013
couldn't agree more!
couldn't agree more!
12:19PM on 03/05/2013
If it happened it would be crazy awesome, but if not then I would be happy with a regular sequel for The Incredible Hulk that has the same tone that the Ed Norton version had.

I still wouldn't be surprised if we did see this storyline come to existence on the big screen if the movies before it do well at the box office.
If it happened it would be crazy awesome, but if not then I would be happy with a regular sequel for The Incredible Hulk that has the same tone that the Ed Norton version had.

I still wouldn't be surprised if we did see this storyline come to existence on the big screen if the movies before it do well at the box office.
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4:35PM on 03/05/2013
Agreed...LOVE the tone of Norton's Hulk.
Agreed...LOVE the tone of Norton's Hulk.
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12:18PM on 03/05/2013
There are like fifty years of comic history before Planet Hulk/World War Hulk.

There are plenty of other storylines, and plenty of better storylines. Grab anything from Peter David's run, or better yet, write something new. Which, I'm sure that's exactly what Joss is doing.
There are like fifty years of comic history before Planet Hulk/World War Hulk.

There are plenty of other storylines, and plenty of better storylines. Grab anything from Peter David's run, or better yet, write something new. Which, I'm sure that's exactly what Joss is doing.
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6:09PM on 03/05/2013
Yeah, I've noticed people seem to only want recent comic storylines adapted into films when there's some excellent stuff from way back when they could borrow from.
Yeah, I've noticed people seem to only want recent comic storylines adapted into films when there's some excellent stuff from way back when they could borrow from.
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