As Phase II of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe begins this summer with the release of Iron Man 3, there have been a lot of rumors and speculation about the subsequent Marvel films leading up to The Avengers 2 in 2015. Since Marvel producer Kevin Feige spoke candidly about Phase II being mostly cosmic with the introduction of Guardians of the Galaxy, many wondered what that meant for the other members of the Avengers team, namely The Hulk. One rumor had it that the big green guy would be playing out the events of the Planet Hulk comic arc on the big screen. Not so, says Joss Whedon.
While promoting his new film, Much Ado About Nothing, Avengers director Joss Whedon spoke candidly with IGN.com about whether or not the Planet Hulk and World War Hulk movies were actually going to happen. Putting it succinctly, Whedon responded, “Well I’m really not supposed to comment, but no, that’s nonsense.”
Marvel brought Joss Whedon on to direct The Avengers 2 and to oversee the other Marvel films that would lead up to his film in 2015. So Joss Whedon should know more about what’s going on at Marvel than anyone else. Of course, he could be lying to throw us off the scent, but it seems more likely the denial is simply that.
Last month, Latino-Review reported that Marvel would introduce the Planet Hulk and World War Hulk storylines into their cinematic universe. These stories would see “The Big Guy” launched into outer space after being deemed uncontrollable and a threat to humanity. He then crash-lands on the planet Sakaar, where he becomes a battle-hardened gladiator, and eventually king of the planet. He then returns to Earth to seek revenge on The Avengers for banishing him into outer space.
You can watch the video interview with IGN below: