Thor: Ragnarok is quickly shaping up to be one of the most anticipated films of the MCU. IN the past few weeks we have learned that New Zealand’s Taika Waititi (What We Do In Shadows) is one of the frontrunners to direct the film, and may have been already hired with the studio just waiting to make a huge announcement, and that Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) may appear alongside Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in the film that could use elements from “Planet Hulk.”
Now there are reports that the Thor sequel could introduce a new female superhero into the MCU, Valkyrie. We are also hearing that this may be the franchise’s darkest film yet, and be a game changer much like Captain America: The Winter Soldier. More on the story below.
Fearing that another “enhanced” or Inhuman may force him to go on a rampage, Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) went into hiding after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Marvel Studios has had somewhat of a difficult time giving the character a new film of his own, as the first two previous attempts didn’t live up to expectations. But responses to his role in Avengers have shown that fans are interested in seeing the green giant get his own film. Rumors swirled that there could be a film adaptation of “Planet Hulk” or that Hulk may even appear in Captain America: Civil War.
But Marvel was quick to debunk both rumors, leaving Hulk’s whereabouts unknown. However, a new rumor has emerged saying that he may appear alongside Thor in Thor: Ragnarok. More on the story below.
There was rumors that Hulk would be making an appearance in Captain America: Civil War. With William Hurt reprising his role as General Thunderbolt Ross – someone whom we haven’t seen since The Incredible Hulk – and Mark Ruffaloteasing his character’s appearance through a series of Tweets and Tumblr posts, many thought that we would see Hulk join either Team Iron Man or Team Captain America. With the Russo brothers completing principal photography, Marvel didn’t make any new casting announcements, and it started to look more and more like Ruffalo wasn’t being cast or his casting was being kept a secret.
Now, Ruffalo himself has confirmed that Hulk will not be in Captain America: Civil War. But the actor has a rather good explanation as to why Hulk will be noticeably absent in the film. Find out why in the full story below.
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Marvel is pretty much untouchable lately. 2014 brought us the most fun superhero movie since the original Avengers in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and they’ve already scored in 2015 with Netflix’s Daredevil series. This week is one close to my heart. A movie heatedly debated between me and my friend Chris for YEARS! With Avengers: Age of Ultron premiering this Friday, May 1st, let’s travel back to 2003 to mock one of the biggest Marvel flops, Ang Lee’s Hulk!
“You loved Mark Ruffalo. You tolerated Edward Norton. But admit it; you forgot about Eric Bana until I said his name just now.”
The Hulk was thrust into the Marvel Cinematic Universe back in 2008 when Tony Stark made a cameo appearance at the end of The Incredible Hulk. By that time we were slowly learning that Marvel was building up to The Avengers. However, since the film’s release we have yet to hear news on a solo Hulk film. We’ve heard many rumors throughout the since the release of The Avengers, one of the biggest ones being that the “Planet Hulk” storyline would be the premise of the film. And now we are finally learning why we haven’t seen a solo Hulk film despite the success of the MCU and fan requests.
Simply enough, the film rights are still over at Universal. This perhaps may explain a few things like why Betty Ross’s name is never mentioned in the first and (minor spoiler) second Avengers. Hit the jump for more.