After a string of wild rumors airing the web about the Hulk’s return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) it is finally confirmed that Mark Ruffalo is in negotiations to reprise his Marvel avatar of Bruce Banner in Thor’s third instalment Thor: Ragnarok.
Starring the Australian hunk, Chris Hemsworth as the Norse God of Thunder, Thor; the third instalment, Thor: Ragnarok will be directed by Taika Waititi who has a slate of comedies to his resume including Eagle vs Shark (2007) and What we do in the Shadows (2014). Others confirmed include Tom Hiddleston as the evil-trickster God, Loki and Jaimie Alexander as the Asgardian warrior Lady Sif.
While Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk maybe confirmed for Ragnarok, it is still unconfirmed yet rumored that the sequel would feature a ‘Cosmic road trip’ for Thor and Hulk to an uncharted and unnamed planet and with no official plot revealed, we can only speculate at what’s in store for us.
Mark Ruffalo was last seen as the gamma-spawned green giant in Avengers: Age of Ultron where the Hulk went off the radar in a Quinjet leaving a lot of questions unanswered. With that Marvel had smartly wielded the green monster into oblivion from the upcoming hyped tent-pole, Captain America – Civil War which has a bunch of superheroes facing off each other over the Superhero Registration Act, but no mention has been made of the Hulk or Bruce Banner being a part of the big picture.
Chris Hemsworth who last reprised his hammer-wielding God for the fourth time in MCU’s Avengers-Age of Ultron had visions of a wrecked Asgard with all his Asgardian friends and warriors dead. Age of Ultron also teased a slight connect of these visions with the Infiniti Stones which links the entire Phase 3 of the MCU to Thanos and the Infiniti War saga. So far all we know is that there are six Infiniti stones and the wielder of all using the Gauntlet will have limitless power of immortality and beyond. Thor who decides to visit Asgard at the end of Age of Ultron to seek answers and prepare for a threat far-greater known to the Avengers would also be missing from the Earthly confrontations between the superheroes in Civil War.
Meanwhile at the end of Thor-The Dark World (2013), we saw Loki taking over the throne of Asgard under the disguise of Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and so Ragnarok would yet again have a confrontation between the brothers Thor and Loki but will he be aided by more villains from the cosmos?
However how the entire Hulk story fits into all this is still a mystery and soon we at TheGraphicSlate.com will unfold a couple of comic histories of the Asgardian culture and speculate the Thor-Hulk combo in the MCU.
So the only bit of exciting news we have is of the Hulk’s re-entry into MCU in Thor – Ragnarok. Ruffalo who is the third Bruce Banner on screen after Eric Bana and Edward Norton has been a fan-favorite ever since his first on-screen presence in Avengers (2012). Since then Ruffalo had made a small cameo alongside Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark in Iron Man 3 before reprising a meatier role in the Avengers sequel, Avengers-Age of Ultron. From a marveling performance in a motion-capture suit playing the CGI monstrous Hulk on-screen to portraying the subtle scientist Bruce Banner, Ruffalo won over the audiences. Bruce’s much talked about on-screen chemistry with the Black Widow was a welcome surprise, however with a no-show from Ruffalo as Bruce Banner or The Hulk in Civil War, it was obvious that the action would be missed.
However not anymore for 2017 brings back the big-bad green monster – Hulk Smash!