Perhaps this needs no saying, but the following rumour may contain SPOILERS for Thor: Ragnarok, SOyou have been warned. Also, this is a rumour and the story line can change at any time, so please don’t hold it against us if the final movie doesn’t include this story line. Just blame Kervyn – leave the rest of us out of it.
One desire from many Marvel fans over the years has been to see the Planet Hulk story line brought into the Marvel cinematic Universe. And while producer Kevin Feige has been open to the idea, most directors working on the movies, such as Joss Whedon and James Gunn have not been too keen on IT, as the story lines just didn’t seem to flow with their movies. However, according to a rumour on Geek.com, it appears that Marvel may have finally found a way to work into their story line without needing to expand their plot too much to make it a possibility.
We had already reported earlier that Cate Blanchett will be appearing in the new film and will be playing quite an important role in the movie. Well, this story has now been expanded on further in the rumour. The story arc begins with Cate Blanchett’s Hela destroying Thor’s magical hammer Mjolnir and she along with Loki banish Thor to “a gladiatorial planet where his head is shaved and he’s forced to fight for his life”. Even without Mjolnir, Thor manages to battle his way through a myriad of alien opponents, until the champion of the arena finally rolls in to take him down. And that champion is the Hulk. As in the gladiator version of the Hulk we know from Planet Hulk.
The site goes on to report further:
When we reconnect with Hulk in Thor: Ragnarok, he’s managed to avoid reverting back to the Banner state since we last saw him in the Quinjet in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Hulk in Hulk form is pretty much unkillable, so he survived the trip to Sakaar (however he got there). His “Banner” is starting to seep through into the Hulk persona, and because of the Hulk-Banner melding, Hulk actually remembers Thor and his relationship to him. That’s what starts the two on a Midnight Run to the MacGuffin that Thor desperately needs.
So, there is still a lot of backstory that needs to get told to make this happen, especially how the Hulk’s persona starts take over from Banner and that is something they will need to build in as the platform has not been established from the last Avengers: Age of Ultron film. And they will need to tell how he got there. In Hulk form, he can obviously survive in space, but he certainly can not just fly into space on his own, so I suspect they will need to bring Heimdall into the equation to make this happen. Many people who watch the movies are not familiar with the comic book stories and if they don’t invest some time laying this scenario, they risk leaving a lot of people potentially confused at this, so I am hoping they do a good job with integrating this, if they go ahead with it.
While personally, I don’t mind if they decided to not tackle the potential Planet Hulk story-line, it would certainly add something different if they do and play a vital part in expanding the Universe further.
The more I hear about the upcoming Marvel films and the scale they are going for though the more excited I am getting. It could turn into a complicated mess, but if they get it right, it has the potential to be absolutely epic. The geek in me absolutely can’t wait.
Last Updated: January 26, 2016