The Hulk was certainly the highlight of The Avengers and Ruffalo’s excellent interpretation has caused many fans to wonder if a new Hulk film would be produced. Comic fans have been particularly hoping for an adaptation of the popular “Planet Hulk” storyline. However, Disney/Marvel Studios is still a bit leery about the big, green guy since his first two solo films underperformed and got less-than-stellar reviews, so no solo Hulk film is on the horizon.
But there’s still some good news for “Planet Hulk” fans. Joblo.com has reported that the next Thor solo film, Thor: Ragnarok, “will definitely have the Planet Hulk element in it.” They say that the Thor sequel will “be operating as a kind of mash-up” between the two popular comic book storylines, merged into one epic film. The idea is to make the film more of a ‘Marvel event’, than just a typical sequel, the way Captain America: Civil War was designed to be a big Marvel Universe film, rather than just a Cap solo outing.
According to Joblo, the story will feature Thor (Chris Hemsworth) going on a quest to find an “ultimate weapon” to stop the coming Ragnarok (Which means the fall of the Gods and the destruction of the Nine Worlds, including Earth). During this trip, he ends up on the infamous gladiator planet where the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) is running a life-and-death combat contest which features the likes of Skurge the Executioner (Keith Urban) and the Incredible Hulk himself. (How Hulk got there from where we left him on Avengers: Age of Ultron is still a mystery.)
As another nod to “Planet Hulk”, the green goliath will be wearing the one-shoulder/one-arm armor from the comic. I’d imagine we can expect Hulk and Thor to go mano-a-mano at some point. (In the comic, the Silver Surfer squared off with the Hulk, rather than Thor, but don’t expect to see the Surfer in this. He’s still a Fox property.) Hey, Thor still owes Hulk one for that sucker punch during the battle of New York. We should also expect Hulk to accompany Thor on his journey afterward, since this movie has been described as “a cosmic road-trip buddy film”.
While the idea of seeing “Planet Hulk” in live action is exciting, let’s hope it’s done correctly. The comic book story of Ragnarok–done so well by Walter Simonson during his amazing run on Thor—was already a very busy, crowded tale with a lot of characters. Hopefully, the addition of the Hulk storyline won’t cause this film to become too overblown; a problem which has plagued movies like Avengers: Age of Ultron and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
So comic book fans who’ve been waiting to see “Planet Hulk” on the big screen can be partially satisfied. This will probably be the closest they’ll ever get to a full-fledged adaptation (aside from the well made animated version) so let’s hope Thor: Ragnarok does “Planet Hulk” justice.