Did Marvel Have Plans for a Planet Hulk Movie at Some Point?

A few weeks ago, Josh Nizzi released images he had put together for the Thor: The Dark World movie. Josh is a graphics artist who has worked on a lot of Marvel movies (check out his website at www.joshnizzi.com). When Josh released images of some alien species that were not used in the beginning of the Thor movie, it caused a bit of a stir when there were two Planet Hulk related characters shown. The first and most important being Oldstrong Marauder/Oldstrong Misfit. The image looks exactly like Caiera the Oldstrong, the Hulk’s wife from the Planet Hulk storyline. The other image is called Kaifi Marauder which seems to be based off of Elloe Kaifi, one of the Hulk’s Warbounds.

I spoke with Josh about the two alien species and where the idea came to use them. He said that Marvel provided him with information and images on specific alien species that they wanted him to design for the intro scene and Oldstrong was one they said they definitely wanted. They didn’t end up using these particular designs but the fact that Marvel wanted Josh to design an Oldstrong makes me think that they were at least thinking about the potential of a future Planet Hulk movie. Marvel is good at putting little things here and there in movies so maybe there is still hope for a Planet Hulk in the future.

Skottie Young Baby Planet Hulk Comic Convention Sketch: AWESOME

As I have said before, I am focusing a lot on Incredible Hulk original artwork but I do go to a few comic book conventions each year and get sketches from artists. I am focusing on Planet Hulk pieces in a sketch book and I get a one sketch from artists I like, except for one exception: Skottie Young. He has such a unique style that each piece is completely different than the next. I got a head sketch a few years ago at Heroes Con and the next year I was able to get on his color piece list. His Marvel baby covers have been a huge hit recently so I knew I had to get a baby Planet Hulk especially since I am sure no one has asked him to do that before. The comic shop that puts on HeroesCon does a small one day con in January every year called Charlotte MiniCon and Skottie was one of the featured guests. I drove out Saturday morning and stood out in some really cold, cold weather to make sure I was on the list. Skottie did not disappoint, he did an awesome job! Now the only question is what do I ask him to do for HeroesCon this summer for a Planet Hulk sketch in the book?

Baby Planet Hulk by Skottie Young

Hasbro Marvel’s Avengers Infinite Series Indestructible Hulk Action Figure Carded Picture

You’ve seen the previous posts on the upcoming Indestructible Hulk figure and now comes a picture of the figure on the card. The card on the new series looks good but I have to say the Hulk figure is really looking good. Sometimes the prototype can be awesome and the final figure can be really off but so far this figure is one I am really excited about getting.

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The Hulk to Have a Girlfriend in the Upcoming Avengers Movie Sequel?

Movie website Latino Review writer El Mayimbe tweeted the other day: “AVENGERS 2 tidbit: BRUCE BANNER/THE HULK is actively dating.” Latio Review has been known to have access to some Hollywood people and is usually pretty good on their rumors. So it looks like Bruce Banner may be dating someone in the upcoming Avengers Age of Ultron movie. Not sure how that will play out but it should be interesting. Just drives more screen time for Bruce Banner and the Hulk and that is never a bad thing.

Mark Ruffalo Wants the Next Incredible Hulk Movie To Have An Environmental Message

Mark Ruffalo spoke with Total Film and in the interview, he mentioned about what he would like to see out of the next Incredible Hulk movie:

“As artists we have an ability to reach a lot of people in a deep way, and we have a responsibility. What we have to do as storytellers is to take science and make it relatable. I think we have to tell the story of the positive and what we’re going to try to do. Give them alternatives but don’t make it a polemic.”

He added: “I’m in The Avengers, but if you took my screentime it would come to about ten minutes, along with the 12 other people I’m sharing the screen with, so my input’s kind of limited on that. But if we get to a standalone Hulk movie, I’ll have a much better chance to do that. I’m just learning now how to find my voice and bring it into the studio world.”

Hey, as long as there is another Hulk movie, I am okay with any message that goes along with it.

Sneak Preview Indestructible Hulk #18

Story by Mark Waid
Art by Jheremy Raapack, Miguel Sepulveda, Tom Grummett
Colors by Val Staples
Letters by VC – Cory Petit
Cover by Mahmud Asrar, Dave McCaig
Publisher Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date Wed, January 22nd, 2014

INHUMANITY TIE-IN! – “THE HUMANITY BOMB” CHAPTER TWO!

• Which one of Banner’s lab assistants has fallen to the Terrigen Mists–and how has it changed them?

• HULK vs. IRON MAN and the X-MEN’S BEAST for the fate of the world!

Marvel Incredible Hulk April 2014 Comic Book Solicitations

HULK #1 & 2
MARK WAID (W) • MARK BAGLEY (A)
CoverS by JEROME OPENA
Issue #1 – Variant Cover by MARK BAGLEY
Issue #1 – ANIMAL VARIANT COVER BY CHRIS SAMNEE
Issue #1 – Captain America Team-Up Variant Also Available
Issue #1 – Blank Variant Also Available
Issue #2 – Variant Cover by MARK BAGLEY
ALL-NEW DIRECTION! THE EPIC “BANNER D.O.A.” BEGINS NOW!!!
Following the shocking events of last month’s INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK finale, Bruce Banner lies at death’s door! If he survives, it WON’T be as the Bruce Banner we’ve known! How will the Hulk wreak vengeance on Banner’s assailant? How CAN he?
32 PGS.(each)./Rated T+ …$3.99 (each)

AVENGERS #28
JONATHAN HICKMAN (W) • SALVADOR LARROCA (A)
Cover by AGUSTIN ALESSIO
CAPTAIN AMERICA VARIANT BY TBA
• A challenge twenty-eight issues in the making, as Bruce Banner puts the pieces together and confronts Iron Man…
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

SHE-HULK #3
CHARLES SOULE (W) • JAVIER PULIDO (A)
Cover by KEVIN P. WADA
VARIANT cover by Kris Anka
• We the people find you DOOM!
• When the son of Victor Von Doom seeks extradition, Jen Walters will go to the ends of the earth for Justice!
• All this, and Matt Murdock too as Charles Soule (THUNDERBOLTS) and Javier Pulido (HAWKEYE) continue 2014’s sleeper hit!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

THUNDERBOLTS #24 & 25
CHARLES SOULE (W) • PACO DIAZ LUQUE (A)
Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
• The Tbolts turn adventurer as they trek into Central America!
• Thrill, chills, and romance in the heart of the jungle!
• A mysterious power that’s too much for anyone to contain!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$2.99

Mark Waid Interview at Marvel.com About New Hulk Comic

Marvel.com interviewed writer Mark Waid about the upcoming Hulk comic reboot. I am excited to hear about some classic Hulk villains making an appearance.

HULK writer Mark Waid’s excited about the upcoming change, but assures us that all the Hulk action and pathos you love will always be a hallmark of the ongoing adventures of Bruce Banner and his monstrous counterpart. We asked him about segueing from one smashing era to the next.

Marvel.com: Mark, what was the most satisfying aspect for you working on INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK and why?

Mark Waid: The most satisfying aspect was being given the opportunity to reconstruct Bruce Banner and let him move on with his life by accepting that the Hulk truly is “indestructible” in that nothing science can accomplish right now, at this moment, can get rid of him, so let S.H.I.E.L.D. use him as a targeted weapon rather than a spontaneous bomb. It really felt good to give Banner that sense of “I’m dealing realistically with my condition” that I find heroic.

Marvel.com: What will be the connective tissue if any between INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK and HULK, beyond our main characters?

Mark Waid: There’s a big change in tone. Not necessarily in story or delivery, but by the end of INDESTRUCTIBLE, something happens to Bruce that forces him to face a very dark secret–that his motives for being a crusading scientist might not be as simple and pure and altruistic as he wants to believe. Banner’s dealt a massive setback that sets the stage for HULK #1.

Marvel.com: How would you describe the long road of Bruce Banner since his creation? Where is he at in body and mind when HULK #1 kicks off?

Mark Waid: On an operating table, and the odds are not in his favor.

Marvel.com: Ouch. What can you say about his assailant? Does Banner know who it is?

Mark Waid: Banner does not. But that does not mean that the identity is unknown altogether. And while I know that sounds confusing, I can’t say more without tipping my hand.

Marvel.com: What would you like to bring into the dynamic between Hulk and Banner in the new series?

Mark Waid: More friction between the two. More of Hulk as his own man, if you will, or at least man-monster. More to Hulk than mindless grunting. All that and more.

Marvel.com: What about the book’s supporting cast; what sorts of characters do you feel work best in the orbit of Banner and Hulk?

Mark Waid: People who aren’t afraid of being hit. People who are clearly comfortable standing next to an atomic bomb or in the path of a hurricane. Maria Hill will still factor in heavily, but we’re discussing an old friend stopping by for a long period of time.

Marvel.com: Speaking of which, will you revive any old opponents? If so, who and why?

Mark Waid: When you think of classic Hulk villains, when you list the ones who are clearly made to take on the Hulk, there’s only one name that comes to mind: Boomerang.

Kidding. I’m kidding. All I can say is that there’s a reason I’ve been reading up on Leader and Abomination and Counter-Earth.

Marvel.com: HULK features legendary artist Mark Bagley–what do you really dig about working with him, especially on a series like this?

Mark Waid: The power in the man’s drawing! The subtlety of the acting combined with the blockbuster action that Bagley brings. The man’s a consummate storyteller, and it’s been our goal to work together for years!

HULK #1 by Mark Waid and Mark Bagley smashes down this April