We’ve all been wondering it for awhile now and Mark Ruffalo has seemingly confirmed it: Thor: Ragnarok will supposedly be a buddy action flick between Thor and Hulk! Assuming the actor knows his stuff on the project, of course. Sometimes stars aren’t fully included when it comes to story, many times only finding out what they are doing when a script is finally handed to them. That said, I think he’d know whether or not his role would be a leading one or a cameo, so I think we can trust him here.
Many fans are excited at the inherent possibilities of Thor & Hulk on an adventure together and on the surface, so am I. In fact, if this weren’t meant to be a trilogy-capper for Thor’s solo run, I’d be positively stoked. Since it is meant to be the concluding chapter in the Thor saga, I’m a bit worried. Why? Because we’re going to be spending time on Bruce Banner and the Hulk that would likely be better spent with characters like Odin, Sif, Volstagg, Hogun, Fandral, and Heimdall.
On top of this, there are still plenty of classic Thor characters we have yet to have seen brought into the films. Sure, Hulk in Asgard is exciting, but it’s not exciting to me as seeing Emora the Enchantress, Skurge the Executioner, the demon Surtur, or Balder the Brave. Any one of those characters would excite me more than seeing Hulk again, even if our incredible green friend is in a new setting.
I’m sorry if I’m raining on anyone’s parade here, but I’m just being honest. While I find them fun, both Thor films to date have been very flawed. I had hoped that Marvel would rally and finally bring us the Thunderer adventure that we deserve in the form of Ragnarok, but this turn of events gives me pause. I can see Thor and Hulk side by side in the Avengers films we have, as well as the ones to come at the end of Phase Three. I don’t need to see Hulk in a Thor film if it’s going to take away from the God of Thunder’s supporting cast and closing storyline. Sorry, folks, but I’m kind of hoping that Ruffalo is wrong here.