Ever since a rumor over a year ago popped up that claimed Marvel Studios was considering a “Planet Hulk” film for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, many fans have become consumed with the notion of the film. Despite being debunked by Joss Whedon and The Hulk himself Mark Ruffalo, the rumor wouldn’t die and even lead some to speculate a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel could see The Hulk team up with that group in a crossover film. Now, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn have come forward to say, once again, that it isn’t happening.
“There are no plans for Planet Hulk anytime soon,” Feige told IGN. “I think what’s cool about the Planet Hulk story is it’s all Hulk. He’s a gladiator, he’s fighting all these creatures on another world. Yes, some of those creatures show up in (Guardians of the Galaxy), which makes people think, ‘Oh, maybe it could exist.’ And maybe it could exist, someday. I don’t think that’s the first place we would go though for the very reason that you stated, which is, if we were ever able to do a standalone Hulk movie, 60 percent of the fun would be seeing Mark Ruffalo leading a Marvel movie — and that’s what we would do if we ever went down that road.”
Gunn, on the other hand, was a little less reserved in his answer, telling The Playlist:
“It is absolute, 100% bullsh*t. It feels like a great relief to finally say this after all the dumb stuff on the Internet. There’s not going to be a ‘Planet Hulk’ movie, there was never going to be a ‘Planet Hulk’ movie, there was never a plan for the Hulk to team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy – I wouldn’t want the Hulk to team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy! And it’s all a bunch of complete bullsh*t.”
Ruffalo has said very recently that Marvel Studios is considering another solo film for the giant green rage monster, but there’s not even a “skeletal version” of what it could be.
The Guardians of the Galaxy will appear in their own film opening August 1 while Mark Ruffalo and The Hulk can next be seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron, which will hit theaters on May 1, 2015.