5. Planet Hulk
One of the earliest announcements regarding Thor: Ragnarok was Hulk’s inclusion. This led to many speculating that the film would be an adaptation of the famous “Planet Hulk” comic book storyline, which features the Hulk brainwashed and forced to fight in an intergalactic battle arena for the Grandmaster. This plot line has indeed been adapted for the film, gloriously confirmed by the awesome scene in the trailer where Hulk emerges in full Gladiator gear. The trailer memorably ends with Thor and Hulk about to smash each other to bits.
Fight scenes don’t usually cause me such wild anticipation, but this is a rare exception. It’s not often we get to see Marvel’s two mightiest heroes go head to head. And in the context of “Planet Hulk,” in which Hulk is honing his already impressive brute strength through Gladiator matches, there’s going to be so much great HULK SMASHING to look forward to.
The “Planet Hulk” storyline should provide a great opportunity to inject some much needed energy into the Thor movies. After two Thor films that took themselves incredibly seriously, with exhaustingly “epic” conflicts, the Gladiator fights on the planet Sakaar represent a more primal, and indeed, more comic book-y kind of battle. “Planet Hulk” sees the Big Green Guy go up against several wildly unique alien characters (including Silver Surfer, who should really get his own movie one of these days.) Many of these aliens make it into the film, likely buoying a colorful storyline that represents the total opposite of Thor’s usual activities. Just take in Thor’s hilarious haircut and comically inappropriate battle armor. One look at him says that this is a Thor movie ready to have some fun with itself.
And that’s exactly the kind of fresh energy that “Planet Hulk” will bring to the film.