Although we have seen the Green Goliath appear in both Avengers films, that still hasn’t stopped fans from clamoring for another solo movie starring Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and his hulking alter ego. Specifically, a film based on the widely popular comic book arc “Planet Hulk”, which has been rumored for years.
During a recent press junket, ScreenRant spoke with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige who revealed why the decision to put the Hulk in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok and how it was important to make sure that Thor (Chris Hemsworth) didn’t go up against the threat of Hela (Cate Blanchett) alone:
“We were thinking about what other Marvel players to bring into Thor’s story, which was important to us, it was important to Chris [Hemsworth], he had looked and seen Captain America get Black Widow and Iron Man, and all of these other players and he goes, ‘Mate, who’s coming into my movies?’”
Although Thor has a vast amount of supporting characters that have yet to appear on film, Feige advises that having the relationship between the God of Thunder and the Hulk be further explored on film was a priority for the studio:
“As we were thinking about that, number one, with Thor, more so than any of the other players, he’s got an amazing cast of characters in his books. So certainly, one of your questions about Sif, I’m jokingly pushing aside, but really it was we wanted to see Valkyrie in this movie. We wanted to introduce Hela in this movie, and there’s Balder and there’s Beta Ray Bill and there’s still people we haven’t done yet because he’s got such a great cast of characters. But in terms of other Marvel characters we kept thinking about how fun it would be if we took our two most heroic, most powerful characters, Thor and Hulk.”
Feige also details how the ending of Avengers: Age of Ultron having the Hulk venturing off in the Quinjet away from the rest of his teammates provided the ample excuse to bring Hulk into space and to clash with Thor yet again:
“[We wanted to] pit them against each other and but also play the humor and the fish out of water humor between Thor and Banner. And that leads us to, maybe that plane at the end of Ultron did go into space, and maybe this is a chance to see Gladiator Hulk.”
Here’s the official synopsis for Thor: Ragnarok:
In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok“, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladictorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk!
Directed by Taika Waititi, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins.
Thor: Ragnarok will be released in theaters on November 3, 2017.