Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo were worried they were destroying their characters in Thor: Ragnarok. Playing Thor and Bruce Banner aka Hulk respectively, the Avenger pals teamed up for the first time outside MCU's ensemble flicks in Taika Waititi's 2017 movie. And considering how the film essentially soft rebooted both heroes, the actors were unsure if they were doing the right thing during principal photography.
Ragnarok is Hemsworth's fifth go at the God of Thunder, while it was only Ruffalo's third time as the green rage monster. Both characters had been out of the MCU for a while before the threequel, last appearing Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015. The movie overall was a far cry from the first two Thor films. Gone were the gloomy visuals and moody tone, and in their place were vibrant settings and jokes - a lot of them. Considering the ridiculousness that Ragnarok pulled, there was a time during production that even Hemsworth and Ruffalo weren't sure about what they were doing.
During an appearance at Ace Comic-Con in Chicago over the weekend, Hemsworth recalled one particular moment while filming Ragnarok when Ruffalo asked him if they're "destroying these characters." Tessa Thompson, who debuted Valkyrie in the film, even started doubting herself upon overhearing the conversation. “I remember Mark Ruffalo looking at me and saying, ‘Are we wrecking this movie? Are we destroying these characters?’ Tessa was like, ‘What am I apart of? What am I doing,'” Hemsworth shared.
As fans know, all turned out to be great as Ragnarok was a both a critical and commercial success. Most importantly, it started Thor's renaissance in the MCU, setting up his arc in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Now, he's enjoying the same acclaim as his fellow MCU founding heroes like Tony Stark aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Steve Rogers aka Captain America (Chris Evans). On top of that, he's also the only one so far whose Marvel sub-franchise is going for four movies. While the Hulk's arc wasn't as well-planned and well-executed like his Avenger pal's following Waititi's film, the threequel did borrow some elements of Planet Hulk, and it was some of the most fun bits from the movie.
With both Thor and Hulk still existing in the MCU, their stories will more likely still continue in some capacity. As previously mentioned, the God of Thunder is up for another solo movie following Thor: Ragnarok which will also be directed by Waititi - Thor: Love and Thunder. It's difficult to gauge what it will be about just based on the title, but it will bring back Natalie Portman's Jane Foster who becomes Mighty Thor. Meanwhile, with a She-Hulk Disney+ series in the works, fans are hoping to see Ruffalo's Professor Hulk get involved with that one way or another.
Source: Ace Comic-Con (via ComicBookMovie)
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