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"Thor Ragnarok" Begins a Major New Story For Hulk

Thor: Ragnarok (2017) - Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo)
Thor: Ragnarok starts a Hulk story arc that ends in Avengers 4.

Marvel doesn't have the legal right to make solo Hulk movies without Universal's distribution rights, so they can't make a Hulk movie. But that doesn't mean the character isn't important to the studio. Mark Ruffalo talked to Cinemablend about how his character will change and evolve in three of the upcoming MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) movies.

"So basically, [Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige] pulled me aside before this, and said, 'If you were gonna do a... if we were going to do a standalone Hulk movie, what would it be?'", Mark told Cinemablend at the Los Angeles press junket for Thor: Ragnarok. "And I said, 'I think it should be this, this, this, and this and this, and ends up like this.' And he's like, 'I love that. Why don't we do that in the next three movies, starting with Thor 3 and then we go into Avengers 3 and 4.' And I was like, 'That sounds great!' And so we are at the beginning of this arc."

We don't know exactly where it's going but we do know it involves a separation of Bruce Banner from the Hulk persona. Hulk's never had more than a few lines of dialogue in the movies before, but in Thor: Ragnarok he has conversations.

"Hulk speaking is the start to separating of these two individuals, these identities in this split-identity person, and where that's going to end up going." Ruffalo said, "So it was really interesting to me. He's like a baby! He's like a five-year-old or six-year-old. So he has the same syntax, he has the same worldview, and so it was fun. It's like Chris [Hemsworth] - we all got to reinvent our characters in this."

An accidental dose of gamma radiation first gave Bruce Banner the ability to turn into the giant green rage monster known as the Hulk in Hulk (2003). His last solo movie was The Incredibe Hulk back in 2008. Since then he's appeared in several movies including both Avengers movies. Banner's been played by Eric Bana and Edward Norton and Ruffalo has played the Hulk the longest.

The Hulk's stry arc starts with Thor: Ragnarok, through Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and ends in the untitled fourth Avengers movie which opens in 2019.

You can watch the rest of the interview at Cinemablend.

About Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Official Synopsis: "Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization."

Thor: Ragnarok (2017) cast includes Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Karl Urban as Skurge, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange / Doctor Strange, Rachel House as Topaz, Sam NeillRay Stevenson as Volstagg, Jaimie Alexander as Lady Sif, and Tadanobu Asano as Hogun.

Directed by Taika Waititi
Screenplay by Eric Pearson
Music by Mark Mothersbaugh
Cinematography by Javier Aguirresarobe

Thor: Ragnarok (2017) is scheduled to be released November 3, 2017, in the U.S.

For more Thor: Ragarok (2017) news, rumors, and behind-the-scenes info check back with the Geek Twins!

What do you think about the latest Hulk news? Would you like to see a stand-alone Hulk movie? Which is your favorite actor who's played the Hulk?

[H/T ComicBoookMovie]

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  1. It will be interesting where they take the two characters.

  2. I really liked the Planet Hulk and World War Hulk comics; it's too bad they can't really do those justice.


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