We've got some nice big SPOILER details regarding the Hulks fate in Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron. If you don't want to know what these details are then don't read ahead. If you keep on reading don't blame me for any spoilers contained in this article. I warned you!
Before I get into the details I will tell you that I have heard some of these same rumors from various sources, but was asked not to say anything. Now that they're out in the open I guess it's ok for me to spill them.
In a recent interview Mark Ruffalo did, the actor dismissed Planet Hulk as being a potential storyline for a solo Hulk film. I figured the actor was just saying those things to throw us off of what Marvel is actually planning. Of course, the actor and any other Marvel rep is going to debunk these rumors until they're blue in the face, but that doesn't mean they aren't true.
Drew McWeeny from HitFix offers up some really interesting details that will either make Marvel Comics fans happy or angry. If this is true, which I believe it is, the studio will be making some more changes in the Marvel cinematic universe that won't really follow the comics. I'm completely ok with that by the way! These changes are something we should all expect by now. This is what he says about the Hulk's role in the Avengers sequel and where it will lead him:
"Bruce Banner continues to play a key role in things in [Avengers: Age of Ultron] and when the final war with Ultron spills onto the battlefield and out of the virtual realm, he has a major part to play. Unfortunately, that ends with him onboard a Quinjet on his way off the planet, with no way to immediately turn things around. He's going to have to ride out the trip. It's pre-programmed and he can't stop it."
McWeeney goes on to speculate that the Quinjet is most likely headed to wherever the Guardians of the Galaxy team is located. If this is true, there's a good chance that Hulk will obviously be a part of the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel that is already in development. McWeeny goes on to explain that we'll most likely see elements of the Planet Hulk storyline in Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
"I suspect we'll see some sequences that very much feel like they're part of the Planet Hulk story, but the larger story will be about the Guardians finding a way to get Banner home, only to end up going with them."
I assumed that would be the case, which is still really cool. This would most likely lead Thanos to earth, and take us right into The Avengers 3. This will allow Marvel to utilize the Hulk and build on his story without giving him a solo film yet. I just think it's awesome that they are finding ways to include him more in the universe!
I'm so pumped up for what Marvel is doing! It's going to awesome to watch these stories develop. Here's to hoping these rumors are true!