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Joss Whedon calls Planet Hulk movie rumour nonsense

Joss Whedon has categorically denied the rumours that Planet Hulk will serve as an inspiration for the events in The Avengers 2 and 3 .

In an interview with IGN (opens in new tab) , Whedon was asked if there was any weight behind the claims that the Planet Hulk and World War Hulk comic-book storylines would be used in future Avengers movies.

Whedon’s succinct response was, “Well, I’m really not supposed to comment, but no, that’s nonsense."

And with that, hopes of seeing a space-set standalone Hulk movie with Gladiator overtones are dashed. Well, unless you’ve already seen the lame direct-to-DVD animated adaptation.

Without a wild story arc and a chance to flex his ginormous green muscles in a larger universe, it’s hard to know how Hulk could satisfyingly lead his own movie, which goes some way to explaining why a solo vehicle for Bruce Banner’s alter ego has yet to be confirmed for Marvel’s Phase Two or Three.

Iron Man 3 , Marvel’s first Phase Two movie, opens in the UK on 26 April 2013. The Avengers 2 follows on 1 May 2015.

Matt Maytum
Deputy Editor, Total Film

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.