Rumor Patrol: Is ‘Avengers’ Building Up To ‘Planet Hulk’ After All?

Will the Green Goliath meet the Guardians of the Galaxy?

WARNING: Possible spoilers for the Marvel Cinematic Universe are ahead.

Mark Ruffalo knows a whole heaping lot about Bruce Banner, comic book history included. Speaking with MTV News, the “Avengers” star basically ran down the entire plot line of “Planet Hulk” verbatim, without any cue cards or off-camera refreshing — all of it off the top of his head. And then he flat-out denied that “Planet Hulk” would be the Jade Giant’s next big-screen destination following the upcoming “Avengers” sequel.

But was Ruffalo just playing coy? Is there actually something to the rumors that Banner’s next film following “Avengers: Age of Ultron” takes place in space?

That’s the rumor according to HitFix.com’s Drew McWeeny, who seems to have reliable intel when it comes to the “Avengers” sequel. In fact, he posits that Banner is headed for a meeting with another Marvel superhero team — one that tees things up for a greater Marvel showdown in the third “Avengers” film.

Read on, but final warning: possible spoilers ahead.

According to the rumor, by the end of “Age of Ultron,” Hulk winds up aboard one of the team’s quinjets, headed 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.”

“Here’s where I’d wager his spaceship is headed: wherever the Guardians of the Galaxy are located,” reports McWeeny. “If I was a betting man, I’d say there will be no Hulk solo film as part of Phase Three. Instead, Banner’s ship will take him to another planet, where he will end up meeting the Guardians and having an adventure with them.”

In other words, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” sequel and the next Hulk film are one and the same, and could possibly lead the way for Thanos’ arrival in “The Avengers 3.” It’s an interesting suggestion, and one that we ourselves floated out once upon a time. We’ll find out if there’s any truth to the rumor in the weeks and months ahead.

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