It was recently confirmed that Mark Ruffalo would be joining the cast of Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok. This would be the first time that the actor has appeared as the Hulk outside the two Avengers films that have been released. However, the size of this role is still unknown, though it is rumored that the Hulk and Thor will be on a cosmic journey that doesn’t take place on Earth or Asgard. There is also a rumor that the third film in the Thor trilogy could introduce the Valkyries, and that it may use elements from the “Planet Hulk” story arc.
Much of the story elements have yet to be confirmed, but the cast is coming together, and now Ruffalo is talking a little bit about what he would like to see in Thor: Ragnarok. More on the story below.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Ruffalo said he would like the film to explore the relationship between Bruce Banner and Hulk.
“I am excited to keep coming back to this role. I see a lot of space for it to grow. I feel like there’s a lot of cool stuff to explore still, especially the relationship between Banner and Hulk. Hopefully, we’ll see the two of them in a scene together. That would be cool!”
If Ruffalo does get his wish, then it would be the first time that we see the relationship fleshed out on screen. But there were times where Banner and Hulk have have been separated in animated films or comics. For instance, in Hulk vs Thor, we saw Loki bring Hulk to Asgard, only because he had been able to defeat Thor. With the help of the Enchantress, Hulk is not only subdued, but successfully separated from Bruce Banner. In the comics, Doc Sampson was able to successfully separate Banner from his gamma form. Unfortunately, this procedure came at a heavy price as without Banner’s psyche, the Hulk was even more of an uncontrollable monster. Fortunately the two were able to merge together once more, but the re-integration fractured Banner’s subconscious, and created the street-smart gray Hulk — a character that was rumored to appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
It’s not likely that Thor: Ragnarok would be a direct adaptation of that animated short. And if they didn’t use the spell that separates the two or the Doc Sampson procedure, we could see something along the lines of dream sequences or even dialogues between the two consciousness. But how that would have an affect on the overall narrative is still unclear.
We know that the events in Captain America: Civil War will set up the events in Thor: Ragnarok. Though it is not exactly clear what events in the former will spark the titular Norse Mythology Apocalypse.
Thor: Ragnarok is expected to start shooting mid-2016. Chris Hemsworth will reprise his role as the title character, and will be joined by Jaime Alexander and Tom Hiddleston, both of whom will be reprising Sif and Loki, respectively. Directed by Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows), Thor: Ragnarok opens in theaters on November 3, 2017.
[Source: Huffington Post]