After missing the party in Captain America: Civil War, Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner/Hulk is set to return to the big screen in Thor: Ragnarok. This has fans pretty excited, as it will give the Hulk a chance to really let loose against enemies that are more powerful than those he's faced in the past.
Ruffalo recently revealed a few tidbits about the Ragnarok film, including details both about his character and Cate Blanchett's Hela. For fans wanting to see the Hulk really let loose, Ruffalo's words were good news indeed.
Ruffalo was asked about his role in Ragnarok while doing a press stop for Now You See Me 2. His co-star Woody Harrelson got in on the fun, asking his own follow-up about how the Hulk hulks out in the film:
Ruffalo: "I think it'll be smashing. You'll see a lot more Hulk in this one."Harrelson: "Does The Hulk get Hulk-ier?"Ruffalo: "The Hulk gets Hulk-ier. The Hulk Hulks out. Hulk-ier and bigger."
Lauren Zima of Entertainment Tonight also took the opportunity to ask Ruffalo about Blanchett's character, who is the Asgardian goddess of death. Ruffalo seemed excited to be facing off against her in the film, explaining how powerful she was and what she would be doing in the film:
""She plays the worst of the worst. So evil. She is going to kill us. It's such a great part she gets to play."
Ruffalo has previously described the film as a "buddy road movie", and he reiterated it again at this press stop. He told the press in attendance that Thor: Ragnarok is "an intergalactic buddy road movie with Banner and Thor," which should drive the point home in case anyone thought that his previous comments along those lines were made as a joke.
It still isn't clear exactly how Banner/Hulk get into the mix, though it's quite possible that Thor recruits him when other Asgardians fall before Hela's forces. Of course, Banner/Hulk may already be in Asgard (or at least offworld) following the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron in an attempt to keep the people he cares about safe. Regardless of how it comes about, with any luck there will be some part of their road trip where Thor is in the ironic position of trying to teach Hulk a bit of restraint.
Some fans may not be convinced that Ragnarok actually needs the Hulk, but for those who are still hoping for a Planet Hulk movie this may be the best way to get it. Even if Ragnarok doesn't directly tie in to the Planet Hulk storyline in any way, if the concept of "Hulk in space" resonates well with fans then the powers that be at Marvel may take a good hard look at just what it would take to make it happen on the big screen.
Captain America: Civil War is in theaters now. 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 Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2– May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.