So, you’ve seen Avengers: Age of Ultron six times, and you’re wondering, ‘what does this mean for my favourite character?’. In this series of articles, we’re going to take a look at where each character has been left, and use what we already know, as well as some speculation, to discuss what the end of Age of Ultron means for each of the Avengers. Needless to say, spoilers ahead for Age of Ultron.
Along with Iron Man, The Hulk is the only one of the main Avengers team that doesn’t have a solo film on Marvel’s upcoming slate. There are some legal issues to do with the rights of the character, but that’s only part of the reason. The Incredible Hulk is both the least financially successful film in the MCU, and least well liked (the only other possible contender being Thor: The Dark World). The Hulk has also had one other solo outing, which is similarly disliked. To be fair, it is difficult to make a film with a main character who can barely talk and can’t die.
So, it’s unlikely that we’ll get another solo Hulk film, but is he likely to turn up anywhere else? The Hulk’s story in Age of Ultron ends with him alone in a plane, flying off into the distance. Closer to the end of the film, Nick Fury says that they might have found the jet that he flew away in, and that it probably crashed in the ocean, with him swimming to the closest island, Fiji. Fury does make it clear that this is speculation, and in no way confirmed. Bruce Banner does have a conversation earlier in the film where Tony Stark says something along the lines of ‘wouldn’t you rather be on a beach with your skin turning brown instead of green?’. This backs up the idea that he would want to retreat to an island and live a quiet life.
One of the Hulk stories that a lot of fans want to see adapted is ‘Planet Hulk’. The basic plot of this story is that The Hulk is blasted into space, and through some unfortunate events finds himself on a planet that has gladiatorial battles between different alien species. He of course gets involved in these fights, and you might say he has some success. There is a line where Bruce Banner says something like ‘where in the world can I go where I won’t be a threat?’. Much like Tony Stark’s comments to him earlier in the film, this could be foreshadowing a potential Planet Hulk. One of the last shots you see of The Hulk is of him sitting in the cockpit of the plane, and he slowly looks directly up into the sky. This might imply that he plans to send himself into space, knowing that he’s too much of a threat. While this exact story is unlikely to be adapted, we could see elements weaved into one of the future films. This would most likely be either Guardians of the Galaxy 2 or the less likely Thor: Ragnarok.
One place The Hulk will definitely return is in Avengers: Infinity War. He might be the only character in the MCU that could physically take on Thanos, other than of course Thor. Oh, he’s also now missing a tooth so… that’s a thing.
What do you think is next for The Hulk? Did we miss anything? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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