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Guardians of the Galaxy 2

After the big guy floated off in a Quinjet at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, fans have been wondering just where the Hulk will end up next. People had hoped he would return for next year’s Captain America: Civil War, but Mark Ruffalo recently said that that was the plan, but he’s now been cut. There aren’t a lot of other options; sure, there are plenty of upcoming Marvel movies, but Hulk needs to be able to fit into one naturally. It would feel pretty awkward if he crashes in Wakanda halfway through Black Panther.

One persistent fan prediction was that he would pop up in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. As his fate was left unknown, the possibility is there for Banner to have reached space and then somehow ended up near Knowhere. I mean, it makes a bit of sense. Hulk gets sent into space in the comics which kicks off the Planet Hulk arc, and there were early rumours that he would be in a potential sequel if the movie didn’t do as well as expected. The movie, of course, was a big success, so perhaps Marvel thought that Peter Quill doesn’t need to boast about having a Hulk. Well, they do think that, because that’s just what James Gunn confirmed.

The director is currently doing a Twitter Q&A right now, and amongst the many questions he answered a tweet regarding the possibility of Hulk in Guardians. Gunn shot down the idea pretty quickly.

As the title says, he isn’t the only hero who won’t be making a cameo in the sequel. Even though this one is a hell of a lot more likely, Carol Danvers won’t be in it either. Sad-face.

There’s some more interesting stuff from Gunn on his Twitter feed, so make sure to head over there to check it out!

As sad as this news is, it’s really not all that surprising. Marvel may have wanted to feature one or both of those superheroes in the sequel, but Guardians doing gangbusters meant that they should probably trust him to deliver a good product without any Avengers-interference.

I mean, Hulk I can do without, but it might have actually worked if Captain Marvel made an appearance so as to set up her solo movie. However, I totally get where Gunn is coming from. As a creative myself it makes more sense to keep Star-Lord as the only human to start with, and then have him interact with others as time goes on. And hey, just because she can’t be in it, doesn’t mean we can’t see Captain Mar-Vell. I mean, there was this Facebook comment from a while back…

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