Although we are about two days and two years from the release of the third installment of the Thor franchise, exciting news from Marvel Cinematic Universe’s third phase are bound to trickle out, as the famed studio’s realms continue to align, leading up to the ultimum sollicitudin known as Infinity War in 2019.
Thor: Ragnarok is lined up for a Nov. 3rd, 2017 release date, and while plot details are scarce, you can bet it will revolve around a version of Jack Kirby’s apocalyptic timeline, rather than the “cyborg clone created by Tony Stark, Hank Pym & Reed Richards” version. In Norse mythology, Ragnarøkkr is an event that takes place which serves as the Fate of the Gods, where everyone except two humans die.
Marvel may have dropped an easter egg alluding to the events of Ragnarok in Avengers: Age of Ultron during Thor’s
dream nightmare sequence, induced by a then brainwashed Scarlet Witch. A flash forward scene shows what looked like a very much dead Asgard, and a very much aware and all-seeing Heimdall seemingly upset.
Well, it’s now confirmed that Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk will appear in Thor: Ragnarok. It has also been reported that up-and-comer Taika Waititi will take the helm as director. Waititi, a New Zealand native, is known more for his comedy, and apparently Marvel hired him to lighten up Christopher Yost’s screenplay, which is supposedly very dark.
The last time we saw Hulk, he was cooped up in a Quinjet heading who knows where. And while he won’t be appearing in Captain America: Civil War, fans of Dr. Bruce Banner can now revel in the news that they’ll get to see their favorite green giant finally get some much needed screen time in Ragnarok.
Although we do not know what role Ruffalo will fill, in a recent interview with New York Daily News, the actor revealed that he’d like it to be a buddy film:
I don’t really know that much about it, but I think it’s going to be a buddy picture with Thor and Bruce Banner. I think they’ll probably fight. There’s no doubt, everyone wants us to fight at one point.
Before we see Thor and Hulk team up (or face off), we’ll get to see Team Iron Man versus Team Captain America in Civil War, followed by Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and the upcoming, untitled Spiderman stand alone film.