One of the biggest successes coming out of "The Avengers" was the newly revitalized Hulk, who ended up stealing the show from the rest of Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Despite this, Marvel CEO Kevin Feige was in no hurry to rush a new Hulk film into production, as he insisted the character won't be seen again until the second "Avengers" film. However, Latino Review has unearthed Marvel's massive plans for The Hulk beyond that appearance.
According to the site's sources, Bruce Banner's alter-ego is going to play a prominent role in Phase Three, as the studio isn't just planning any old standalone film for The Hulk. Instead, it's planning to adapt the massively ambitious "Planet Hulk" storyline that ran in the comics a few years ago.
For the uninitiated, the storyline revolves around The Hulk being shipped off to space by The Illuminati, a secretive Marvel Universe brain-trust that deems Banner to be too dangerous for Earth. He eventually crash lands on a war-torn planet that initially enslaves him as a gladiator.
Eventually, he becomes a hero to the downtrodden masses, deposes the planet's tyrant, and becomes king himself. Now armed with an entire legion, he's in a position to do some real damage.
And that's where the fun begins, as Hulk sets his sights on returning to Earth to exact revenge against the Illuminati, which counts fellow Avenger Tony Stark as one of its members (Doctor Strange, who was recently confirmed for Phase Three, is also part of the group).
Could that be the setup for the third "Avengers" films? Latino Review seems to think that's the plan. Granted, we're talking about a group of movies that are still three or four years away (at the earliest), and plans can certainly change.
However, let's humor the speculation for a minute: how much of a victory lap would it be for Marvel to take The Hulk, a character with two ill-fated feature films during the past decade, and make him the centerpiece for one of the biggest event films of all time?
It would arguably be the studio's crowning achievement and would make "The Avengers" seem quaint by comparison. Let that sink in for a minute.
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