Can we stop with the Planet Hulk/World War Hulk talk now?
- via aintitcool.com
I don’t understand how this idea gained any traction.
All anyone could talk about after Avengers hit theaters was how awesome Hulk was. Whedon hit gold with Ruffalo. Even with the charm factory that is Robert Downey Jr onscreen, you cannot take your eyes off of him. He was the hero out of the group of heroes. He was the one we cheered loudest for during the battle with the Chitari.
Marvel wasn’t about to turn him into a villain now.
The events of Planet Hulk are set in motion when it is decided that Banner has become more of a threat than an asset. In Avengers, Tony Stark spends the whole movie trying to drive into Bruce’s head that the Hulk doesn’t have to be a force of destruction. Tony is never afraid of Bruce or the Hulk, and he’s the only one who isn’t. It’s what forges the connection between the two of them. It’s what gets to Bruce start thinking that maybe, just maybe, there might be hope.
It would take something truly awful for Tony to reverse his opinion so completely that he would allow, much less participate in, a plan to exile him.
As for the events of World War Hulk? Forget about it. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed that story in the comics, but Hulk goes to dark places. No matter his motivations, no matter how much we sympathize with him after the events of Planet Hulk, he’s still a villain. Hulk’s vengeance on the Illuminati isn’t the act of the mindless monster, it’s calculated. He’s as clear headed as any villain ever is in comics when he puts his plan into motion.
Why would they give us a Hulk, a Bruce Banner that we finally cared about and take him down that road? Within the context of the universe the films have built, it would have been disastrous. Not to mention the fact that a huge portion of the profits that let them keep making these amazing movies come from kids merchandise. Why take that character some seven-year-old proudly wears on his PJs and turn him into another ruthless dictator of a villain? Especially without leaving time for him to redeem himself afterwards?