Here is an interesting blast from the past. It seems that the Internet managed to change one major aspect from 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Film journalist Umberto Gonzalez once broke the news in 2013 that the Planet Hulk storyline would become part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It seems that there were plans for the film to end with Hulk’s Quinjet going off into space.
They were uncertain what direction to take, as Planet Hulk storyline was only integrated into the Ragnarok storyline during its pre-production, the early scoop did make them change their minds on the ending. Kevin Feige reveals a bit about the behind-the-scenes of this decision during his interview with the one who got the scoop, Gonzalez.
You had the big scoop about us doing Planet Hulk. It turned out to be accurate [but] at the time, it was not accurate because we didn’t have any plans to do it and Joss [Whedon] was doing Age of Ultron at that time. The way it ends as you recall with Hulk in the Quinjet going off, right? We said, ‘Joss, we can’t do that because he’s not going into space and people are going to think we’re doing Planet Hulk because Umberto has some big hot scoop that we’re doing Planet Hulk, we can’t do it.’ He goes, ‘Well, what are you going to do?’ We said, ‘We don’t know.’ So, if you go back and look at that shot of the movie, he’s in the sky. It’s blue sky.
It is interesting to see how much the Internet can influence the ending of a film. It seems that it was executive producer Brad Winderbaum that inspired everyone to include Hulk in Ragnarok. Ironically, after going out of their way to make people think that Banner was heading into space, they finally rested on the concept of Planet Hulk actually becoming a thing. As Feige revealed, a year after the decision he revealed the new direction to Joss Whedon.
‘What?’ I go, ‘That means Hulk went to space at the end of Ultron.’ So, I had to tell Joss. And this was a year after Ultron came out. It was kind of a big thing. We were like, ‘You gotta change it Joss, he’s not going to space.’ A year after I go, ‘Joss, guess where he’s going?’ ‘He’s going to space.’
Internet scooping holds a special place in online film fandom. We here at MCUExchange have been guilty of running a few of our own occasionally. With that being said, it’s so fascinating seeing the massive machine that is Marvel react to how the fandom operates.
Are you happy about this decision? Would you have preferred a storyline more focused on Thor, or are you happy that Planet Hulk is being told?
Source: The Wrap