Mav’s Comic Roundup
by Mike “Mav” Grandizio
To Hulk, or not to Hulk.
That seems to be the big question this week as rumors are going into overdrive about Avengers 2 and the next “phase” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and a certain angry green giant.
The buzz started a little more than a week ago, when Latino Review, a site that has a pretty good history of finding things out before they happen, reported the story that Phase 3 of the MCU was going to feature a version of the Planet Hulk storyline.
For those who may not know, Planet Hulk was a comic event that saw some of Marvel comics top dogs deciding to launch Hulk into space, to a deserted planet where he wouldn’t hurt anyone. Of course that didn’t work out and he ended up on a gladiator type planet full of beasties as nasty as he is. Eventually the Hulkster kicked lots of booty and took over. His move after that was to bring his newfound monster minions to Earth for payback, and a lot of destruction.
Latino Review stated that events in Avengers 2 would cause the Shield folks to panic and then the decision would be made to Ralph Kramden Dr. Banner. (to the moon Alice) That would lead to a stand alone Planet Hulk movie that would have Hulk and company smashing their way back to Earth for Avengers 3.
Since that time there has been a lot of discussion about whether the rumors are true. Many other comic sites calling shenanigans on LR. Latino Review has also been touting some serious speculation about the Justice League movie as well. That’s another column however.
Recently Avengers director Joss Whedon was asked and he said that the rumors were nonsense. Actor Mark Ruffalo was asked about the Hulk in general, and he says that there are currently no plans for the Hulk until Avengers 2.
Then came the Hulk Buster armor.
So true believers (sorry Stan) What do we think? Personally I think a live action movie where Hulk battles giant monsters for two hours would seriously kick some hiney. But I’m just not sure if that’s a direction they’ll go in. The first two Hulk movies didn’t really do gangbusters at the box office, and I don’t know that Marvel would be up for a third try. On the flip side, Hulk was easily the standout character in the Avengers, but that had a lot to do with how he was used.
We may know more this summer, Iron Man 3 hits May 3 and Thor 2 arrives late this summer. By then we may start to get pieces of where the Marvel movies and Avengers 2 is heading. In the meantime I’m going to get my popcorn and enjoy the ride.
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