User:Harish/sandbox/Planet Hulk (film)
|Directed by||Sam Liu|
|Produced by||Joshua Fine
|Starring||Rick D. Wasserman
Lisa Ann Beley
Kevin Michael Richardson
|Music by||Guy Michelmore|
|Editing by||George P. Rizkallah|
|Distributed by||Lionsgate Home Entertainment|
|Release dates||February 2, 2010|
|Running time||81 minutes|
The Hulk awakes on board a shuttle which crashes on the planet Sakaar. Imperial guards appear and attach an obedience disk to the Hulk, which emits enough pain to leave Hulk unconscious. From here, Hulk becomes enslaved. The Hulk later wakes up on an imperial transport enroute to a colosseum, weakened after coming through the portal and 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 a succession of 3 fights. Skee takes charge, making battle plans for when they reach the colloseum for which Hulk shows no interest. Their first opponents are Korg's brothers. Despite Korg's refusal to fight, the Kronans attack his team. The fight leaves Skee impaled and the natives dead before Korg decides to destroy them, and sees Hulk trying to escape. But, when he realises the leader is the Red King he tries to attack him after killing the Great Devil Corker, and ends up fighting the Emperor's liutenant, Caiera. Red King shoots the Hulk, but doesn't kill him due to the displeasure of the crowd. The Red King secretly plans Hulk's death.
The other gladiators hold a service for Skee and form Warbound, revealing their pasts to each other. Elloe also tells Hiroim that some civilians believe the Hulk is the true "Sakaarson," a title the Red King claims. The next day a crowd outside of the arena chants the name "Sakaarson" for the Hulk, who doesn't accept the title. The other gladiators ask him to fight with them until they can win their freedom, and Hulk his own. They fight the Wildebots, and succeed.
Later, Caiera tells the Hulk her story: as a child, creatures known as "Spikes" attacked her home-town and the Red Prince (now the Red King) emerges, killing off the Spikes with his Death’s Head guards, after which Caiera pledges allegiance to the prince. She worries Hulk's popularity will turn the people away from the Red King. She encourages him to escape that night but Hulk refuses. 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 fight, their ultimate challenge is revealed to be Beta Ray Bill. Bill is forced by his obedience disk to kill or be killed. The Hulk and Bill fight a fierce battle. During their fight Hiroim notices Hulk’s blood on the dirt is bringing plants to life - a sign of the Sakaarson. In the fight, Hulk destroys Bill's obedience disk, freeing him from forced fighting. Despite this, Hulk continues his attack and pummels Bill to near-death. The Red King announces Warbound as free citizens, but stipulates they should show loyalty to the emperor by executing the captured enemy of the empire; Elloe. They refuse and the Red King orders their execution for sympathizing. However, Beta Ray Bill awakes, using the power of his hammer he destroys all obedience disks in the colosseum. Freeing the gladiators, Bill leaves for Earth as Warbound escape to the resistance’s hideout at a nearby town, but the Hulk goes his own way.
Caiera catches up to Hulk, ordered to kill him and they fight until Caiera spots a Spike ship which they follow to the same town where Warbound are. Earlier, Miek had realised that they had been betrayed by Governer Churik, and decide what to do next when the Spikes hit. They all fight the mutations and the spikes, and while Hulk and Warbound try to move the unmutated civilians in a cave, it's revealed to Caiera by Red King that the Spikes are his creation which devestates her. A bomb then 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 and ready to execute. As he gloats over the Hulk's death, Hulk's eyes open and punches the King in the face. 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 given a piece of his legacy, a spike bug. As the Red King mutates, and is killed by the Death’s Head guards per their programming.
Order is restored to Sakaar and the Hulk accepts being the Sakaarson and the ruler of Sakaar. He and his love Caiera and the Warbound now stand as heroes in front of the whole world.
- Rick D. Wasserman voices Hulk: The film's protagonist, the story begins with him being shot into space by the Illuminati, with Iron Man explaining to him Hulk is too dangerous for Earth. He is sent to a planet free of life. However, the Hulk starts destroying the ship, causing the shuttle to fly through a portal and having the ship crash onto the planet Sakaar. Here, people begin to believe he is the Sakaarson, the saviour and uniter of the planet.
- Lisa Ann Beley voices Caiera: As a child, creatures known as "Spikes" attacked her village. These creatures bore into the natives, mutating them into monsters. Caiera was immune and shown to have super-strength. Sadly though, she was forced to kill her own mutated family. The Red Prince (now the Red King) appeared and saved the day with his special Death’s Head guards, causing Caiera to pledge her undying loyalty to the prince.
- Mark Hildreth voices Red King: The emperor of the planet Sakaar, he has been assumed to be the Sakaarason, the prophesized saviour of the planet. However Hulk's arrival on the planet turn his people from him and believe the Hulk to be the saviour, causing the Red King to ensure the death happens without it looking like he is unfairly murdering him.
- Liam O'Brien voices Hiroim: An ex-Shadow Priest, who left the fold after not believing in the Red King as the true Sakaarson. This causes his imprisonment, becoming a gladiator and evetually leading to him become a part of Warbound.
- Kevin Michael Richardson voices Korg: One of four Kronan brothers who visit planet to planet and take as they please. After a visit to Earth and capturing a specimen revealed to be Thor, who along with Beta Ray Bill fight the Kronan's in a devastating battle that causes them to flee back into space. They are chased by Bill to a point where they take a chance through a portal which leads them to the planet Sakaar where they crash. They get taken into capture, with Korg being forced to become a gladiator, and evetually becoming a part of Warbound.
- Samuel Vincent voices Miek: A native of the planet who is outcasted by the hived natives, a race who are considered inferior by the Red King. He becomes a firm believer in Hulk being the Sakaarson early on, and also becomes a member of Warbound.
- Advah Soudack voices Elloe Kaifi: Daughter of the one-time governor who formed the resistance against the Red King, she became a leading figure in the fight. After being imprisoned, she becomes a part of Warbound
- Michael Kopsa voices Lavin Skee: An ex-bodyguard and well-respected member of the resistance. He is captured and forced to become a gladiator, partaking in the first fight.
- Marc Worden voices Iron Man: He, along with Illuminati members Black Bolt, Doctor Strange, and Mister Fantastic, made a decision to have Hulk shot into space due to the feeling that Hulk was far too strong and volatile to be on Earth.
- Paul Dobson voices Beta Ray Bill: After aiding Thor in an attack against the Kronans, Bill chases them through the portal, unbeknownst to the Kronans, and is later revealed as being forced to fight at the colloseum by being forced to wear an obedience disk.
- Donald Adams voices Governor Churik: The current governor who is also a sympathiser of the resistance.
- Lee Tockar voices Android
- Russell Roberts voices Primus Vand
Story and setting
When the production team at Marvel Animation were deciding what film to do next, the idea to do another Hulk-related animated feature didn't initially sit well. However, when the story of Planet Hulk came up it inspired instrigue, particularly for supervising director Joshua Fine, who upon reading the story, "fell in love with the Hulk again". Interest grew, in part due to it having a different feel for Hulk as it had an emotional character arc.
Marvel Animation's Greg Johnson was happy with the opportunity to write the screenplay, enjoying the complex storyling and finding this particularly compelling as Hulks struggle, and not another Banner struggle. When discussing the style of the animated feature, they decided to keep it very faithful comicbook adaptation. In terms of storytelling, Fine considers this to be Hulk at his best as for the first time it depicts a real character journey of him, instead of showing him in a the typical way, when he's triggered by anger.
Fine, Johnson and Craig Kyle worked on the story, and decided to remain close to the story of the Planet Hulk storyline, considering the original story to be a great story already.
Many scenes were removed to aid the pace of the film moving on to keep the story as to the point as possible.
Johnson enjoyed the writer's work, wishing he could have done the entire story arc. Supervising director and producer Frank Paur even desired to do a miniseries. In the end though, the chosen option was to keep it an animated feature and choosing the best of the story, notably what would develop Hulk's personality. To help keep the animated feature to an approximate 75 minute limit, the team figured out which characters needed to be in the movie by choosing which were gonna have the biggest affect on Hulk's character journey, and who he would affect.
Wanted it to be a film unto itself, giving it a beginning, middle, and end. There’s an opportunity to follow it with World War Hulk, but in case it doesn’t happen Planet Hulk can still stand on its own. Made it for the fans, so they challenged themselves to make sure they’re delivering on what the fans respond too.
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In a change from the comic book version, they took some of the spectacular battle scenes and moved them to the gladiator setting in the feature film.
Silver surfer was swapped for Beta Ray Bill as Surfer was not usable "for a number of complicated, legal reasons." Silver Surfer had a memorable scene which seemed suitable for the story. The scene was considered iconic so the team decided against dropping it, and chose Beta Ray Bill, whom they deemed to be a suitable replacement. This wasn't the first time Bill had been considered for an animated feature. Bill had initially been considered for usage in Hulk Vs., however, Thor was chosen instead. To introduce Bill, they used Thor’s first appearance in Journey Into Mystery #83 (Aug. 1962) which was added into the Planet Hulk storyline by Greg Pak. For the animated feature, they added Bill, seeing it as a good way to introduce the character in the feature with a little artistic license.
Character designer Phil captured the essence of what the characters were about and, despite various changes and alterations, had scenes which would mirror the comics at times. Such a scene was near the end at the town where Caiera is saving a child from the Spikes when a bomb is dropped, burning almost all life in the blast range. Caiera survives, and is shown holding the baby when the smoke clears, only to reveal it was also burned as it dissolves into ash. Such scenes seem rather delicate for an animation, but Rollman explained how these aren't bound by the same rules as televised animation, and he would always told the writers to step outside of the boundaries of what they think is producible.
The film starts at the point where where Banner is being sent into space by the Illuminati. In the comic book, Reed Richards is the one giving the news to why Banner is forced to leave Earth, but in the animated film Iron Man is giving the news, partly because he's considered a more recognisable character, but also Richards was unusable due to legal reasons. Due to having the film start like this, Johnson chose to mirror the Illuminati's dialogue with a Priest of Sakaar's prayers being answered, showing Hulk to be a savage beast to Earth, but the desired hero for Sakaar.
In the comic, Hulk had spoken from early on, however the team felt it to be more suitable to introduce Hulk to the audience as the non-speaking brute and slowly etch him into the talking, thoughtful Hulk of the comic book.
The team felt the voices were clearly laid out to the producers by Greg Pak then Greg Johnson. What they sounded like was clear. Kevin Michael Richardson was easy for Joshua Fine as he could literally hear his voice when reading the comic book. Sam Vincent considered an amazing voice performer, as producers feared Miek could easily irritate when watching him. Hulk was considered the hardest to have suitable, challenged by how Hulk would have so much bottled up and be shown through his short, efficient responses, and felt lucky to find Rick Wasserman. Beta Ray Bill was also very challenging, they wanted a strong voice which wasn’t deep-voiced as the many other characters. Mark Hildreth would get Red King right the first time every time, giving what the producers considered that instinct feeling to dislike him and loving that, considering him to be very talented.
Perception created main title sequence, as they have done with all of Marvel's animated features. Usually when pitching ideas, Perception present around eight ideas which get amalgamated. However, for Planet Hulk the had so many great ideas which the crew simply loved. Perception have always considered themselves to be ambitious when making title sequences prior to this, but upon realising the scope of Planet Hulk's story they desired to be epic. They also made the transition seamless from film to title, keeping you in the story but also glimpsing the major aspect of the story.
Animation was done by Madhouse. Frank wanted to make sure that the feature wasn’t so typical. When in space, he wanted the ship to be seen going into the nebulas full of bright colors as oppose to a standard black, starry sky, and when on the desert-covered planet, he wanted to ensure there was a very “earthy” color in tone, and that the Hulk would have a bright Green, standing out very distinctly from other colors. Subdued palette for Caiera’s flashback, adding sharpness and contrast to add a feeling of horror. Korg’s flashback saturated the colors as a tribute to the old comics.
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 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.
Like the other Marvel Animated Features before it, Planet Hulk has received positive word of mouth.[clarification needed] Marvel Animation Age, one of the first sites to review the movie, said "... the film’s story is so strong that it makes me want to rush out and read the original comics... The real selling point to the film for me rests on the fact that it tells a very strong story. It has an abundance of action and set pieces, yes, but manages to fit all that deftly into a really well put together story."  Comic Book Movies (comicbookmovie.com) also gave the film a positive review.
References to other Marvel characters
- 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) and 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. 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 the Brood doesn't appear in this movie, because the creators felt they did not have enough time to introduce her due to time constraints, which also lead to much of the "Warbinding" scene not taking place in the film.
- This is the first Hulk film not to feature Bruce Banner (the Hulk's true persona), though he is mentioned by name by Iron Man. The creators wanted the film to focus on the Hulk persona entirely.
- 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.
- A Whole World of Hurt: The Making of Planet Hulk (DVD). Lionsgate Home Entertainment. 2010.
- Fine, Joshua (Supervising Producer), Johnson, Greg (Screenwriter) (2010). Planet Hulk: Audio Commentary (DVD). Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
- "Planet Hulk Hits the Streets". Marvel.com. January 12, 2010. Retrieved February 23, 2010.
- Planet Hulk Commentary
- Planet Hulk Commentary