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When the new "Thor: The Dark World" trailer dropped on Wednesday, we were so pumped about it that a surprise cameo ended up slipping through our frail Midgardian fingers! Thankfully our pals over at MTV Geek caught it and posted it online for all the world to see!

It appears that there's one little cameo by a big Marvel character in the trailer. And while surprise appearances are by no means uncommon in Marvel movies, this one is mighty obscure and counts the "Planet Hulk" storyline as one of his few appearances. We're talking about the stone man that Thor goes toe-to-toe with at the end of the trailer!

That popular story was rumored to be part of Marvel's Phase Three back in February, until Joss Whedon dashed all of our dreams. Still, if this Easter egg is any indication, then the storyline could be on Marvel Studios' mind.

Head on over to MTV Geek for the comic book history of the stone giant!

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Planet Hulk

If you were waiting for someone from Marvel to officially weigh in on those "Planet Hulk" rumors, then, well, here you go.

Joss Whedon, director of "The Avengers" and the forthcoming sequel, was asked about the Jade Giant's rumored trip to space in a "Planet Hulk" movie by IGN. His answer was not promising for those of you rooting for such a film.

"Well I’m really not supposed to comment, but no, that’s nonsense." was his only response to the "Planet Hulk" question.

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Planet Hulk

So, about that "Planet Hulk" movie… perhaps it's not happening after all.

Ain't It Cool News has a new report suggesting that the original word on Hulk's Phase Three space epic got it wrong — no such movie is in the works, according to the outlet.

"According to my source, this just isn't happening - not as long as Marvel's got Mark Ruffalo committed to a six-picture deal as Bruce Banner," writes AICN's Mr. Beaks. "And that's the primary issue with PLANET HULK: Banner isn't in it at all ."

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Hulk

What's it going to take to get the Hulk back on the big-screen in his own film? According to some reports, all it will take is patience. Ask Joss Whedon, and he says it'll take a little bit more than that.

"Hulk is a tricky son of a bitch," Whedon said at the Glasgow Film Festival. "He's the Claudio of superheroes. Because the problem is it’s a very popular character, but it’s not a superhero. Half of it’s a superhero, half of it’s a werewolf. And you can’t structure it like a superhero movie, you can’t light it like a superhero movie. How do you develop that?"

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Warbound

With rumors abounding that the popular storylines "Planet Hulk" and "World War Hulk" may serve as the basis for the next Hulk movie and third Avengers movie respectively, fans are looking back to those storylines to see what elements the movies might borrow if the rumors prove true.

One of the most intriguing aspects of those storylines were the allies that Hulk gathered during "Planet Hulk" and brought back to Earth to aid him in wreaking havoc during "World War Hulk." That assemblage of aliens, known as the Warbound, are represented by species from every corner of the universe, united by their loyalty to the Hulk who proved himself a worthy leader on the planet Sakaar.

This week in Galaxy Guide, we're going to take a look at each member of the Warbound, and see what they contribute to the force the Hulk uses to bring vengeance to Earth.

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Marvel

So, "Ant-Man" is leading the charge for Marvel's Phase Three. Beyond that, we know from Kevin Feige that Marvel is developing "Doctor Strange," and a new rumor this week suggests "Planet Hulk" and a "World War Hulk"-inspired "Avengers 3" as the other current Phase Three contenders.

Let's assume for the moment that all four of those films are indeed part of Phase Three. Even then, that's just four titles — a bit thin for an entire phase of Marvel films, no?

With that in mind, here are our suggestions for other Phase Three movies that would pair brilliantly with what's already planned and rumored.

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Planet Hulk

The Marvel movie headline of the day is that "Planet Hulk" is reportedly in the works for Phase Three, paving the way for a third "Avengers" film based on "World War Hulk." We'll give you a minute to process that potential awesomeness.

Okay, all good? Good.

Whether or not you believe the Latino Review report, just the sheer possibility of a live-action "Planet Hulk" is well worth pondering, particularly because it comes equipped with so many questions. Here are our first five thoughts stemming from the "Planet Hulk" rumors.

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Planet Hulk

Remember when we asked Kevin Feige about the chances of a "Planet Hulk" movie? Looks like we were onto something!

El Mayimbe at Latino Review posted an extensive report on how Bruce Banner fits into the future of Marvel Studios. Outside of "The Avengers 2," Hulk's place in the ongoing Marvel saga is sketchy at best — but according to the report, we'll be seeing a lot more of him in Phase Three.

Possible spoilers ahead!

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Planet Hulk

I know I'm not the only one who thinks Hulk was the greatest part of "Marvel's The Avengers," just as I'm not the only one disappointed that another "Hulk" solo film isn't anywhere on the immediate horizon. But who knows what the future holds after the "Avengers" sequel? In fact, with all signs pointing to Earth's mightiest heroes embracing the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe, is it possible that we might see a live-action "Planet Hulk" in the future? Is that something Marvel could pull off?

"I don't think there's a lot that we couldn't do someday, as the cinematic universe continues to grow and expand and get as big as the comic book universe," Marvel's Kevin Feige told me when I asked him if we'd ever see a movie based on "Planet Hulk," the Greg Pak-written epic that sees the Jade Giant as a rebel leader on an alien planet, "Gladiator" style.

"'Planet Hulk' is a cool story," he added. "'World War Hulk' is a cool story."

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Planet Hulk"Planet Hulk," the latest animated feature from Marvel Studios and Lionsgate Home Entertainment, hits shelves today with a story inspired by one of the character's most popular story arcs in recent years.

Based on Greg Pak's 2006-2007 arc in the "Incredible Hulk" comic book series, "Planet Hulk" finds Marvel's green goliath transported to a harsh planet where he's enslaved and forced to compete in gladiatorial combat under the brutal rule of The Red King. Weakened by the journey through space, Hulk must rely on his savage instincts to survive the new environment, and eventually finds himself leading a rag-tag group of fellow gladiators.

"Planet Hulk" is directed by Sam Liu ("Superman/Batman: Public Enemies") with a screenplay by Greg Johnson ("Doctor Strange"). This review is based on the Two-Disc Special Edition DVD. Oh, and SPOILER WARNING! Read More...

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