What would Thor: Ragnarok be without an epic throwdown between the Norse God and the Incredible Hulk? Disappointing, for sure. But it sounds like we don't have to worry about that. Star Mark Ruffalo, who is reprising his role as Dr. Bruce Banner in this latest Marvel sequel, promises that punches will be thrown and hammers will swing. Other than that, though, he's not allowed to say much more about the plot. But he does back up claims that Thor: Ragnarok is a cosmic road trip adventure that will serve as Marvel's first true buddy adventure. If you want to be so bold as to call it that.
Even though Doctor Strange is the next movie going into production for Marvel Phase 3, we're hearing much more about 2017's Thor 3. Daily Mail recently caught up with Mark Ruffalo, and while Marvel won't let him say too much, he doesn't mind spilling the few beans he does know at this point. About the epic fight between these two superheroes, he had this to say.
"I don't really know that much about it, but I think it's going to be a buddy picture with Thor and Bruce Banner. I think they'll probably fight. There's no doubt, everyone wants us to fight at one point."
And he's not wrong. The actor is currently out promoting his new film Spotlight. That film is a decidedly different kind of drama than your average Marvel adventure. It follows a group of newspaper reporters investigating the Catholic Church's cover-up of pedophile priests in Boston. At this point, not too much official information has come forward about Thor: Ragnarok. It is set to hit theaters on November 3, 2017. So it may be a little premature to be doing a deep dive into its guts, Especially since Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will both shoot first. About the plot of the movie, Mark Ruffalo could only say this.
"I know that it's about (the Norse legends of) 'Ragnarok,' or the end times in the Marvel universe as it pertains to Thor, which seems to be quite the theme these days in movies."
In true Viking lore, Ragnarok refers to events that lead to the ultimate death of Thor and a number of other Norse Gods. It's not expected that Thor will actually die in this sequel. Both Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo are expected to return for Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Avengers: Infinity War - Part II, releasing in 2018 and 2019 repesctfully.
Thor: Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waititi, who was hired to punch up the humor in the movie. Tom Hiddleston is expected to return as Loki, and the movie may even mark the first appearance of Valkyrie. Both Thor and Hulk will sit out the upcoming Marvel Phase 3 adventure Captain America: Civil War, which includes every other character introduced in the MCU thus far, along with a few new ones like Black Panther and Spider-Man. It sounds like Thor: Ragnarok will make up for their absence in that epic sequel.