If you are a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are years of entertainment planned out for your enjoyment. At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel president Kevin Feige unveiled previews for the studio’s next two years of films. There were sneak peeks for Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Black Panther and even Thor: Ragnarok.
The presentation for the third “solo” Thor film caught SDCC attendees off guard with new concept art, raw footage, and the visual confirmation that Ragnarok will have elements from the “Planet Hulk” comic book run. That storyline centered on the Hulk being banished into outer space by a braintrust of notable Marvel figures. The Hulk finds himself on a hellish planet called Sakaar, where he is forced into gladiatorial combat and eventually becomes a warrior king. For years comic fans have yearned for a solo Hulk film that would adapt the plot. However, t’s clear that adventure will now play into Ragnarok in some way.
Most can’t wait to see how director Taika Waititi’s “intergalactic buddy road movie” starring Thor and the Hulk will play out. The two are literally galaxies apart, so it’s up to speculation how they will come into contact in Ragnarok. However, a new clue may have been uncovered – as an Avengers’ Quinjet was seemingly spotted on the film’s set (see below), being prepped to be filmed in the upcoming movie.
While the story of the MCU has carried on with Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War, we have not seen the green goliath since Avengers: Age of Ultron, where he solemnly flew into the horizon on the Quinjet. It was off-handedly mentioned that communications with the ship were lost and it’s presumed that the ship crash landed in a barren location. However this is Marvel and there are a literal universe of possibilities to where we could find the Hulk at the beginning of Thor: Ragnarok.
It’s likely that the Hulk is in one of three places; Earth, Asgard, or Sakaar. In the upcoming sequel, it’s possible that we could be getting a flashback sequence that shows what happened to Hulk’s ship at the Age of Ultron. However, if it crash landed, there would still need to be a mechanism that could explain how the Hulk traveled across space. It’s unclear if the Quinjet is equipped for outer space travel, but that would also be a simple explanation for how he catches up with his Avengers teammate.
Additionally there are a lot of “magicians” in Thor’s world who know how to quickly travel the universe. It could also be possible that an alien species finds the Hulk in orbit and kidnaps the monster for their tournament. With the release of the movie still over a year away, there are a slew of unknown details and the possibilities are endless for where Marvel’s odd couple will end up in 2017. There is even a (slim) chance that this Quinjet is not even the one from the Age of Ultron, after all.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; Avengers 4 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.