Two big questions regarding what takes place in Avengers 2 happen to be: What happens to Thor, but perhaps the bigger question is what happens to the Hulk?
Just about all the Avengers in The Avengers: Age Of Ultron have already been announced to be a part of another movie – except for the Hulk.
Captain America: Civil War, which follows The Avengers 2, will feature Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner.
Likewise, the third Thor film, “Ranarok,” has been announced to have a 2017 release date.
So what about Banner?
There has been rumor/speculation/theory flying around the net for some time that the Hulk will get jettisoned to space leading to “Planet Hulk.” At one time, the Hulk was even rumored to be a part of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (which James Gunn shot down). The current theory is that following the events in Avengers 2, Hulk gets sent to space, which – similar to the comics – would leave the Green Goliath absent from Civil War.
While Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige did say that they aren’t adapting the “Planet Hulk” storyline anytime soon, Mark Ruffalo recently spoke with IGN about the idea.
“I think there’s a lot of places to go with him [Hulk]. Well he’s going to space. Yeah, I mean there’s some talk of maybe Planet Hulk. I’d be completely interested in entertaining that.”
While Ruffalo states the Hulk is going to space, it seems from the context of the interview that the statement is to be read more as a sarcastic remark.
With the Hulk seemingly not being a part of the other movies (or at least not announced as of yet), it also begs the question whether or not the Hulk will be a part of The Avengers: Infinity War movies, with Part II coming out in 2019. Certainly, they are not going to put the Hulk on the backburner for the next few years? Or are they?
I’m actually wondering if they are going to skip the “Planet Hulk” story altogether, and just have the Hulk arrive back on Earth with his Warbound declaring “World War Hulk,” perhaps following The Avengers 4 and go from there.