One of the big surprises from the “Avengers: Age of Ultron” junket the other day was a comment from current Hulk star Mark Ruffalo which revealed that Marvel doesn’t have the rights to make an Incredible Hulk standalone movie. Said rights currently remain at Universal Pictures which made the two previous “Hulk” movies.
So that means people have begun asking where is the likeliest place we’ll next see the character – aside from the upcoming two-part “Avengers: Infinity War” saga. Bad Ass Digest has posted a report today indicating where we were originally going to see him before that, something that may not hold true anymore:
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Early drafts of the script for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” had the character being rocketed out to space. In the final film, Hulk ends up in a Quinjet very, very high above the Earth (but still in the atmosphere). Originally the plan was for Hulk to be a part of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” sequel if the first film didn’t click – effectively using ‘Guardians 2’ as a backdoor “Planet Hulk” movie.
Now that the first ‘Guardians’ has become such a massive hit though, that plan looks to be out the window and Hulk’s fate unknown at this point. Ruffalo himself seems uncertain about when he’ll be back, telling the site: “Sometimes these things happen at the last minute in this world. I really don’t know where I fit in from here on out, and I’m not sure they do.”
The “Guardians” sequel meanwhile is said to be a “story about fathers”, with director James Gunn telling Vulture that his plans for the series are more thought out than some think: “I knew for a long time what the story of the second one was gonna be. And the third one.”