Hulk fans are still desperate for another Hulk standalone film, and there continues to be talk of a new Hulk feature among the Marvel and Disney masterminds, but sadly a new Hulk movie has not yet been confirmed.
However, Marvel President Kevin Feige is well aware that fans are looking forward to more Hulk action, and after Joss Whedon created the best Hulk yet using Mark Ruffalo in The Avengers, who can blame fans for wanting more. While talk of a standalone film has covered the stories of Planet Hulk and more, Feige has answered fans prayers by adding more Hulk to Whdeon’s upcoming sequel, The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Feige gets heavily involved with the films, and he knows exactly what fans want, and so in an interview with JoBlo, Feige mentioned the fact that there will be a significant amount of more Hulk in the second Avengers film, and also more Hawkeye. Hopefully this is suggesting setting up the characters ready for their own standalone films in the future:
“I would love to do that with Mark Ruffalo. But part of the fun of Age of Ultronwas saying, ‘You’ve seen another Iron Man adventure before, you see another Thor adventure and another Cap adventure, but we haven’t seen the Green Goliath again.’ So that was important in the characters you haven’t seen – Hulk being one of them and Hawkeye being one of them – Ultron will make up for it. They have very big parts in The Age of Ultron”
While doing the press rounds for the US release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Feige spoke with BusinessWeek, who published an in-depth article this week about Feige, Marvel and the building of the franchise to such a successful brand today. While Warners and DC appear to have no idea what to do with their characters, Feige and his Marvel team have a clear plan, a plan that is clearly working as Captain America: The Winter Soldier is set to be the next record breaking Marvel film (its poised for the biggest April opening ever).
Feige said in the article that astonishingly, there are plans in place all the way up to 2028, and while he obviously could not reveal what those plans are, he did confirm that this is how far ahead they are thinking:
“It’s like looking through the Hubble telescope. You go, ‘What’s happening back there? I can sort of see it’… They printed out a new one recently that went to 2028.”
While we can only speculate, it is expected that there will be stand alone films in the pipeline for Dr Strange, Hulk, Captain Marvel, Black Panther and a possible Guardians of the Galaxy spin-off. Sequels are also expected for Thor, Captain America (confirmed) and a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel.
Here is how the Marvel release schedule is looking right now:
Guardians of the Galaxy- August 1st
The Avengers: Age of Ultron- May 1st 2015
Ant-Man- July 17th 2015
Captain America 3- May 6th 2016 (facing off against DCs Batman vs Superman)
July 8th 2016- Unknown title, possibly Dr Strange?
May 5th 2017- Unknown title, possibly The Avengers 3?
Something interesting was also revealed in the BusinessWeek article, just how involved Feige is with the films they release. Below is a conversation he and director James Gunn had about Guardians of the Galaxy. The villain is not named, but reading through the conversation, it is very likely the villain is Thanos:
Gunn freezes a frame of an imposing-looking villain any serious comic book fan would recognize instantly. He sits on a rocket-powered throne. Feige sees something on the screen that he doesn’t like. The evildoer needs to be farther away in the frame so he looks more imperious, he says.
“I don’t know,” says Gunn. “I think it’s going to look cool, man.”
“You just don’t want him to feel petty in that way,” Feige says. “I think it’s a fine line.”
“How do you think it comes off as petty here?” Gunn says.
“He’s so damn close,” Feige says.
“Yeah,” concedes Gunn. “I think I’m going to have him floating in space.”
Feige is concerned about the throne, too. He points at the base. “Those don’t need to be rockets,” he says. “Maybe gravity disks?” Feige says he’ll check back later.
In the hallway he extracts a pledge not to name the bad guy. “That could not be a bigger spoiler,” Feige says.