Leading up to the released of Avengers: Age of Ultron, there was a lot of talk and a lot of rumors concerning the Hulk. The character is the Avenger who benefited in popularity most from the first Avengers movie, but whose plans for future solo films have been muddied by conflicting rumors and report, particularly regarding a Planet Hulk movie.
In a podcast interview with Empire, Whedon revealed that there were never any real plans to send the Hulk to space, and that there are still no plans for a Planet Hulk movie, at least not that he knows of.
“You know, I never intended to shoot him into space. What I wanted to do was indicate that he might. I wanted the sky above him to be slightly thinner. A few stars. Because, you know, I put in, very specifically, the line, ‘Where in the world am I not a threat?’ And I wanted to leave people with the idea that, if this is the last movie, that he may have left the world behind, because I think there is something enormously poetic about that. There is also something enormously misleading about that, because they don’t plan to make Planet Hulk, as far as I know, so they were like, ‘No, just sky, no stars,’ which was less poetic, but still very beautiful.”
Whedon also goes on to describe Scarlett Johansson’s emotional reaction when she saw the Hulk’s final scene for the first time.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is now playing in theaters.