You can add The Incredible Hulk to the ever-growing list of characters who won't be appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Well, "add" is relative. This has already been established at least once or twice, but it's a question that fans continue to ask.
During an impromptu Q&A with fans on social media today, director James Gunn shot down the notion that Hulk's journey into mystery at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron will end with the Jade Giant appearing in the upcoming sci-fi comic book sequel.
"I can answer that question very easily: it is absolute, 100% bull---t," Gunn said of the rumors that there would be a Planet Hulk movie tying in with Guardians during a 2014 interview. "It feels like a great relief to finally say this after all the dumb stuff on the Internet. There's not going to be a Planet Hulk movie, there was never going to be a Planet Hulk movie, there was never a plan for the Hulk to team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy – I wouldn't want the Hulk to team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy! And it's all a bunch of complete bull---t.”
He also said he doesn't consider Guardians a superhero movie, and that his favorite Marvel movie next to Guardians would have to be Iron Man.
He also called one Twitter user a "heretic" for implying DC Comics' Bat-Mite was a rip-off of The Great Gazoo from The Flintstones, after saying that Bat-Mite was the character from DC he'd most want to add into one of his Marvel films.0comments
You can check out the Q&A, in which he dealt with a lot of fan questions, many of which have been answered on this site and others a number of times already, at twitter.com/jamesgunn.
You can see a sampling below:
I will comment on it now (as I've done before) - there is zero chance you will see Hulk in GotGVol2. https://t.co/C1jNd0ZyVb— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) September 7, 2015
For the time being, it's important to me that Quill is the sole human (earthling) character. https://t.co/BYt9av3rQy— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) September 7, 2015
I really want to tell you, but the Marvel hitmen would be knocking on your door any second if I did... https://t.co/HxRjtK9bGQ— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) September 7, 2015
No. I didn't know she was in that movie when I hired her (I still would have hired her by the way). https://t.co/RSjtnloRCj— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) September 7, 2015
Not too many, that's for sure! I want all of our characters to get MORE personal time than they did in the 1st film. https://t.co/P7TB9MsSYJ— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) September 7, 2015
Rom Spaceknight. Popeye. Snake Plissken. And Bat-Mite of course. https://t.co/qWQq96BnXz— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) September 7, 2015
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens on May 5, 2017.
The film is expected to start principal photography in February 2016.