Planet Hulk (film)

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Planet Hulk
Planet Hulk DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Directed by Sam Liu
Produced by
Screenplay by Greg Johnson
Story by Greg Pak (comic book)
Starring
Music by Guy Michelmore
Editing by George P. Rizkallah
Studio
Distributed by Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Release dates
  • February 2, 2010 (2010-02-02)
Running time 81 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Planet Hulk is a 2010 direct-to-video animated film created by Marvel Animation and released by Lionsgate Home Entertainment. It is based on the "Planet Hulk" storyline by Greg Pak and Carlo Pagulayan.

Plot[edit]

The Hulk's allies the Avengers decide he is too dangerous to remain on Earth, so they put him in a shuttle and attempt to send him to a peaceful world. He awakens on board the shuttle before it arrives at its intended destination. When he goes into a fit of rage, breaking his restraints, he also causes enough damage to veer it off course, resulting in a crash on the planet Sakaar. Imperial guards appear and attach an obedience disk to the Hulk, allowing them to communicate. The Hulk is imprisoned with Hiroim, Korg, Miek, Elloe Kaifi, Lavin Skee, an Android, and a few hived natives.

The slaves are forced to fight for their freedom in three gladiator battles. Their first opponents are Korg's brothers. Lavin Skee and the natives die in the battle. Hulk attacks the Red King who presides over the arena, but is defeated by the emperor's lieutenant, Caiera. Red King allows the Hulk to live because the crowd is entertained, but secretly plots his death.

The other gladiators hold a service for Lavin Skee and form a Warbound pact, revealing their pasts to each other. Elloe also tells Hiroim that some civilians believe the Hulk is the true "Sakaarson," a foretold savior. Hulk refuses the title. The other gladiators fight their second round against the Wildebots, and are victorious.

Later, Caiera comes to the Hulk and reveals her past. As a child, creatures known as "Spikes" attacked her home-town. The Red Prince (now the Red King) killed off the Spikes with his Death’s Head guards (Hiroim called them Death's Hand), after which Caiera pledged allegiance to the prince. She worries Hulk's popularity will turn the people away from the Red King, and encourages him to escape. That night the resistance comes to rescue the gladiators but the Hulk refuses to go, warning there's a trap. Elloe leaves, and the rest of Warbound are forced to listen to the resistance fighters being attacked.

For the third and final fight, their opponent is Beta Ray Bill, compelled by an obedience disk to kill or be killed. The Hulk and Bill battle fiercely. During their fight Hiroim notices Hulk’s blood on the dirt is bringing plants to life - a sign of the Sakaarson. Hulk destroys Bill's obedience disk, but continues his attack, pummeling Bill to near-death.

The Red King announces the Warbound as free citizens, but asks them to show loyalty to him by executing Elloe. They refuse and the Red King orders their death. However, Beta Ray Bill awakens and uses the power of his hammer to destroy all obedience disks in the colosseum. Bill offers to take Hulk back to Earth, but he refuses. Bill leaves the planet as Warbound escape to the resistance’s hideout at a nearby town. The Hulk goes his own way.

Caiera catches up to Hulk after the Red King orders her to kill him. They fight until Caiera spots a Spike ship, which they follow to the town where the Warbound are staying. Caiera, Hulk, and the Warbound work together to protect the town. When she calls the Red King for help, he reveals the Spikes are his creation. A bomb hits, destroying almost everything except the protected civilians of the cave. After the smoke clears, the unharmed Caiera finds the Hulk’s body and informs the Red King he is dead. The King demands Hulk's body.

Caiera, the shackled Warbound, and the Hulk's corpse are brought to the Red King, who is wearing his imperial armor. As he gloats over the Hulk's death, Hulk is revealed to be alive and attacks the king. Caiera sets the rest of Warbound free and they fight the guards. The Hulk and Red King continue to fight, and Hulk overpowers him. The Red King is infected by a spike bug by Caiera and is killed by his Death’s Head guards.

Order is restored to Sakaar and the Hulk accepts the role of Sakaarson and the new King of Sakaar. Taking Caiera as his new wife and queen, the Hulk and the Warbound stand as heroes in front of the whole of Sakaar's citizens.

Cast[edit]

Additional voices by Doug Abrahams, Paul Dobson, David Kaye, Ellen Kennedy, Campbell Lane, Chantal Strand, and Lee Tockar.[1]

Crew[edit]

Release[edit]

Marketing[edit]

The animated film received special screenings in New York and Los Angeles on January 14, 2010, in a sponsored event by New York Comic Con and Newsarama, as well as having panels featuring comic and animation talent, along with limited edition giveaways and creator signings. The New York panel was moderated by Matt Striker and featured former Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada, Hulk editor Mark Paniccia, President of Marvel Animation Eric Rollman, and the original graphic novel writer of Planet Hulk Greg Pak. The Los Angeles panel was hosted by Blair Butler, Hulk comic book writer Jeph Loeb, Planet Hulk screenwriter Greg Johnson, Supervising Director Frank Paur, Supervising Producer Joshua Fine and the voice of the Hulk, Rick D. Wasserman.[2]

Television[edit]

Planet Hulk first appeared on TV October 1, 2010 on the Disney owned station Disney XD with a TV-PG-V rating. It is the first animated Marvel movie to premiere on a Disney network.

References to other Marvel characters[edit]

  • Iron Man is the only member of the Illuminati to appear in full color. Behind him are Doctor Strange (clearly identifiable by his mustache and cloak), Mister Fantastic (identifiable purely by his graying temples) and Black Bolt (identifiable by the blue vertical stripes on his chest).
  • Several of Marvel's "cosmic" characters make cameo appearances during the gladiator battles in the film: Adam Warlock, Gamora, Pip the Troll, Star-Lord, the Grandmaster and a Skrull.
  • Although the Silver Surfer originally appeared in the comic version of "Planet Hulk," due to licensing issues he could not be used in the film (the same infringements are not on The Super Hero Squad Show incarnation of the Surfer), and so the animators substituted Beta Ray Bill, with the creators feeling he is a powerful substitute who never had an animated counterpart and it was time.[3] A flashback based on the events of the comic book Journey into Mystery #83 (referenced in the comic book storyline Planet Hulk and the first appearance of Thor) establishes Bill as a character before his appearance on Sakaar, though Bill was not in the original comic book story, as it was published over twenty years before he first appeared.
  • No-Name of the Brood does not appear in this movie, because the creators felt they did not have enough time to introduce her due to time constraints, which also led to much of the "Warbinding" scene not taking place in the film.[3]
  • This is the first Hulk film not to feature Bruce Banner (the Hulk's normal human persona), though he is mentioned by name by Iron Man. The creators wanted the film to focus on the Hulk persona entirely.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n James Harvey (December 25, 2009). "Animated "Planet Hulk" Cast And Crew Details, "Hulk Versus" 2009 Year-End Sales". Marvel Animation Age. Retrieved April 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Planet Hulk Hits the Streets". Marvel.com. January 12, 2010. Retrieved February 23, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Planet Hulk Commentary
  4. ^ Commentary

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