One of the most memorable moments in 2012's Marvel's The Avengers was when the massive Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) punches Thor (Chris Hemsworth) right out of the frame. Fans will get to see more of that contentious relationship unfold, since it was revealed last month that Hulk will return in 2017's Thor: Ragnarok. The initial report revealed that both of these heroes will be going on a "cosmic road trip", with Mark Ruffalo himself revealing that the two characters will fight once again. While promoting his new drama In the Heart of the Sea, Chris Hemsworth says Thor will get the best of Hulk in this new fight.
"I'd like to think I let him win last time, but because this movie is called Thor, I have to win this time. I hope it's a Butch Cassidy (and the Sundance Kid)) sort of story. That would be fun. I love Mark. I think those two characters haven't spent a whole lot of time talking to each other on screen (so far in the Marvel movies) , so it's something new, I think it would bring something different out of the characters. It's hard to have a conversation with the Hulk."
Marvel confirmed last month that production on Thor: Ragnarok will begin next summer in Australia, with a rumor surfacing a few weeks ago that claims the studio is seeking an actress to play the female villain, who may be Amora the Enchantress. If the rumor is proven true, it will mark the first time a female villain has appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has often been criticized for its lack of diversity. This report has not been confirmed by the studio, and the site merely lists Amora the Enchantress as one of the possible candidates for this villain, along with Hela, Queen of the Dead. In the Marvel Comics, Hela was the daughter of Loki, portrayed by Tom Hiddleston in the Thor movies, but the studio may not include this aspect of the character if she is to enter the MCU.
Chris Hemsworth only has three movies left on his Marvel contract, Thor: Ragnarok (November 3, 2017), Avengers: Infinity War Part I (May 4, 2018) and Avengers: Infinity War - Part II (May 3, 2019). Chris Hemsworth joked that a fourth Thor movie could follow the Thunder God "who lets himself go," training less and eating more. He also hinted that he may come back and renew his contract with Marvel, but that decision hasn't been made quite yet.
"Contractually that will finish me up, I have to see how I feel at the end of them, it's still a while away. Ask me in three films time."
Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) is directing from a screenplay by Christopher Yost and Craig Kyle. Tom Hiddleston is also expected to return as Loki, but it isn't known if Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Jaimie Alexander (Sif) or Idris Elba (Heimdall) will return to reprise their roles in Thor: Ragnarok. What do you think about Thor's chances of beating Hulk in a fight?