Before he was added to Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel Studios had a different plan for the Hulk after Avengers: Age of Ultron - or rather, no plan at all according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. What's more, another familiar face almost made his debut in place of Hulk in the cosmic buddy action movie.
“You had the big scoop about us doing 'Planet Hulk'," Feige told TheWrap. “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 Avengers: 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 [TheWrap] 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.”
“We wanted to do something totally different with Thor,” Feige continued. “Chris Hemsworth really was like, ‘When do other Marvel players come in with me?' Definitely, [we] wanted Hela in the movie. Definitely wanted, of course, the continuing relationship with Loki. We had early ideas for Valkyrie. We were talking about Balder. We were talking about Beta Ray Bill, but, that’s not enough. But we were like, ‘We need something big.'”
“We would jokily call it ‘Planet Thor,’ for a while," Feige joked. "I went, ‘You know what that means?’ They go, ‘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.'”
Thor: Ragnarok is due out in theaters November 3.