We just reported the rumor that Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk would have more than just a small cameo in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, and now that has been confirmed! Ruffalo is finalizing a deal to reprise his role as Bruce Banner and his emerald alter ego in the upcoming sequel, due on November 3, 2017. Both Thor and the Hulk are noticeably absent from this spring’s ‘Captain America: Civil War’, so it’s quite possible that ‘Ragnarok’ takes place concurrently with ‘Civil War’ and explains just why the two mightiest of the mighty Avengers are absent during the idealistic rift between Team Cap and Team Tony.
‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is being directed by New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi (‘Flight of the Conchords’), whose filmography has mostly consisted of low-budget indie comedies like last year’s ‘What We Do In The Shadows’ co-written and co-starring ‘Flight of the Conchords” Jemaine Clement. Waititi has past experience with comic book movies, having co-starred as Tom Kalmaku, Hal Jordan’s roommate in 2011’s flop ‘Green Lantern’.
This should make for a good fit for indie favorite Ruffalo, who next appears in ‘Spotlight’ a potential award-winning drama based on the true story of the Catholic Church’s cover up of child molestation cases in Boston.
According to rumors, The Hulk will accompany Thor on a cosmic road trip to prevent ‘Ragnarok’ the legendary collapse of Asgard and death of the gods. Seeing as how Thor is the God of Thunder, that would be bad.
‘Thor: Ragnarok’ follows ‘Captain America: Civil War’- May 6, 2016, ‘Doctor Strange’ – November 4, 2016 and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ – May 5, 2017 but comes before ‘Black Panther’ February 16, 2018 and ‘Avengers: Infinity War Part 1’ – May 4, 2018. It’s not clear yet to what extent the upcoming Marvel films interconnect, but presumably ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ directly builds off of ‘Civil War’ and leads into ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ with the other films possibly tying in in some capacity as well.
What do you think? Would seeing Thor and the Hulk on a cosmic road trip be entertaining? Or should this film be more serious and dramatic?