The inhabitants of Sakaar in Thor: Ragnarok apparently think Hulk is a pretty big deal - much to the Green Goliath's delight. Ever since the release of Thor 3's first trailer in April, director Taika Waititi has made it pretty clear that everything about the God of Thunder and his "friend from work" was going to be much different than anything fans have seen before. From the neon-infused trailers to the luminescent teaser posters, the helmer is definitely tripping the light fantastic.
One of the biggest highlights of the first trailer (as well as the San Diego Comic-Con trailer) of course, was the gladiator arena battle between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), showing fans that Hulk has definitely changed since his last Marvel Cinematic Universe appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
As it turns out, Hulk – who has repressed Bruce Banner in the two years before we first meet him in Thor: Ragnarok – has not only learned to speak, he's been living a life of luxury on the planet ruled by Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). In an in a new interview with Total Film (via Screen Geek), Ruffalo says that the mean green one is actually, in fact, treated like a celebrity. He says:
“Hulk has loved his time on Sakaar, and why wouldn’t he? He is adored and admired. He has a hot tub in his apartment.”
Ruffalo's quote falls in line with his previous reveals about the character, like at SDCC where he noted that Hulk is "actually enjoying his time on Sakaar" and "enjoying his life for once," and because of it, he refuses to turn back into Banner. With any luck, fans will get a good glimpse of Hulk's swinging lifestyle before he gives in and reverts back to Banner form, simply because it's an idea so fresh to the character in the MCU.
If that's the case, it will be interesting to see the lighter direction Ruffalo takes with Hulk, since presumably he was given the opportunity to improvise during the shoot. Comedy will no doubt be a big part of Thor: Ragnarok, since Waititi pointed out at SDCC that around 80 percent of the film was improvised.
Whether we get to see Hulk splash around in his hot tub is yet to be seen, but given Waititi's penchant for off-beat scenarios, don't be surprised if some sort of bubbly scene is included (otherwise, why would Ruffalo mention it?).
Source: Total Film (via Screen Geek)
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019