Here’s a tweet and a photo from Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn featuring a Sakaaran spacecraft and soldier. The Sakaaran’s are the heavies in 2006’s Planet Hulk comic book storyline, the Hulk-meets-Gladiator event that saw the Hulk kicking butt and taking names on the opposite end of the galaxy. Marvel and its talent continue to insist that there will be no Planet Hulk movie.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 2, 2014
Gunn posted the image above the afternoon as many of us wonder what’s next for the Hulk post-Avengers (see also: yesterday’s Nerdist News). Ang Lee’s Hulk sidelined the character for a few years before The Incredible Hulk, a soft reboot starring Ed Norton linked old Purple Pants to the Avengers thanks to a handy Nick Fury cameo.
The red-skinned Sakaarans rule over the planet Sakaar, where Hulk lands in Planet Hulk, forcing the exiled Avenger to participate in gladiator matches alongside a mismatched collection of alien outcasts and criminals. Hulk and his crew kill anything that comes their way, ultimately deposing the mad Sakaaran emperor and installing himself as HHIC.
This could honestly be a nice tip of the hat to Planet Hulk, or Guardians could be just the way that Marvel plans to link their cosmic characters with the Avengers back on Earth. Hitfix proposed as much earlier this week, suggesting that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 featuring the Planet Hulk storyline might be a thing spinning out of the events of Age of Ultron.
What would you like to see — a standalone Hulk movie or a Planet Hulk tie-in for a potential Phase III Guardians sequel? Let us know in the comments below.
HT: James Gunn via Geek Tyrant
Craving even more Hulk speculation? Check out yesterday’s episode of Nerdist News!