New year’s Captain America: Civil War has just about every superhero we’ve seen through the last few years, minus a few major names. Other than the cosmic-based Guardians, two central parts of the MCU will not be making an appearance, Thor and The Hulk. So when this brand new bit of news (rumor, report, exclusive, whatever you want to call it) hit the web, it only made sense (and is insanely exciting).
According to JoBlo, Thor and The Hulk will be coming together and teaming up for Thor: Ragnarok. JoBlo is reporting that Mark Ruffalo is on board and will be joining Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, and Jaimie Alexander in the third entry into the Thor franchise.
As for the pairing, it makes complete sense, from every standpoint. It’s well known that Hulk solo films have had a hard time at the box-office and although the Thor franchise has been much better, many would agree that it just hasn’t been received as well as others (Iron Man, Captain America). But when these characters are featured in an ensemble or alongside each other, they’ve been extremely successful and well liked, so why the hell not? Not only that, but this could give a great boost to the Thor franchise because of just how big the Ragarok storyline is, as well as (hopefully) kicking off a possible Hulk solo film story. It’s such a smart move by Marvel and quite frankly, knowing that Thor and The Hulk weren’t showing up in Civil War, we should’ve seen this coming sooner!
JoBlo has also heard that the film will “involve a ‘distant planet’ that is ‘not Asgard and not Earth.'” They believe that this ‘distant planet’ will be the way Marvel incorporates their long-wanted Planet Hulk storyline, or at least introduce and tease the idea. And once again, it only makes sense! The storyline itself has been spinning around the MCU for years now, as it’s by far the most popular Hulk story fans want to see. But now, Marvel may have found the way to bring it to the screen.
I’m curious and very excited to see this pairing on screen and how they play off of each other. With the Hulk, there’s two characters there with Bruce Banner and ‘the other guy’. And Banner being a total science bro, the idea of him play with some super-advanced Asgardian (or other realm) science is really fascinating, as well as seeing The Hulk smash-on anything he faces in space. The relationship has been touched on multiple times in both The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, so already getting bits of it through the MCU so far makes it the thought of these two teaming up that much more intriguing.
When Kevin Feige announced the slate of Phase Three, he promised that Thor: Ragnarok would shake-up the Marvel Cinematic Universe just as Captain America: The Winter Soldier did for Phase Two. And for those of us who know what exactly Ragnarok means, it would be pretty disappointing if the film didn’t live up to that. It won’t only shake-up the Thor franchise and characters within it, but the present and future of the MCU. It has a very large task in front of it as it’s the film leading into Avengers: Infinity War – Part I, but so far, it sounds like Ragnarok is shaping up to be exactly what we want it to be.
Thor: Ragnarok has a November 3rd, 2017 release date. Directed by Taika Waititi starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Jaimie Alexander, and Mark Ruffalo.