For a while, it felt like the big man wasn’t going to grace us with his presence unless it involved the other Avengers. His first two solo films weren’t terrible, but they never made much impact to warrant another one. So, what’s changed since then?
Well, The Avengers happened. Joss Whedon was the first one to tap into his potential to be one of the greatest summer blockbuster protagonist and people have been made believers. But according to Latino Review, we’ll have to wait awhile till we get to that point. They’re reporting that a Hulk stand alone film is in plans to take place after Phase Two (which includes Iron Man 3, Thor: Dark World, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and The Avengers 2), and they’ll more than likely adapt the story from “Planet Hulk” which pits our green hero against alien foes after being betrayed by other Earth heroes. A group called the Illuminati (Iron Man, Professor X, Black Bolt, Namor, Doctor Strange, Mister Fantastic) felt that the Hulk was too big of a threat to co-exist with the rest of the population, so they trick him into boarding a space shuttle that launches Banner to a distant alien planet. It’s a great story (possibly the best Hulk story), but it leads to an even bigger event because something happens on that alien planet that sends the Hulk into a blind rage. Sure, he was already pissed that his friends and allies had tricked him into hitching a ride to outer-space, but it’s the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back.
So a lot of people believe that the third Avengers film will be based on “World War Hulk,” which has the Hulk taking his revenge on the Illuminati and the rest of the Earth heroes who happen to cross his path or try to stop him. This seems like a neat idea, and whatever Marvel heroes they don’t have the license to use, I’m sure they could find another character to fill that role or just go without them. It’s not that hard to get around those pot holes, but a lot of fans have already started to complain, which seems dumb because none of the Marvel movies thus far have remained faithful to the comics to their satisfaction, but have been stellar regardless.
Anyway, this seems like a great way to utilize the character. Plus, the fact that Mark Ruffalo has apparently signed on for six more appearances makes it seem more than likely that at least one of them will turn out to be his own solo movie. I expect to see my favorite Hulk merchandise make its come back in a big way.
Source: Latino Review
Written by Daniel Lee