When Marvel kicks off its enormous Phase Three slate this summer with Captain America: Civil War, almost all of the current Marvel Cinematic Universe characters will be present, except two, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). These characters will be reuniting next year in Thor: Ragnarok, which will take them both on a "cosmic road trip." Director Taika Waititi recently spoke with Hitfix, where he teased that they're considering how "verbal" the Hulk should be and that he'll be much smarter this time around.
"It's interesting, because at the moment, there's a big conversation that's happening about how far to push that. Whether or not The Hulk should be [verbal/conscious]. I think a lot of those conversations have more to do with what's going to come up in future movies. So I think a lot of those decisions are larger group decisions, rather than anything to do with just me or the writer. They have a lot of stuff that they have to consider. But I do think that's the best way to track it. I think we all want that. I think we all want to see that development and the evolution of that character. I also think you can do it in a fun way."
These details fall in line with a report from last week, which claimed that Hulk's personality is starting to "meld" with Bruce Banner's. That report claimed that, after Hulk stole the Quinjet at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, he ended up on a "gladitorial" planet known as "Sakaar." On Asgard, Thor is banished by the villainous new character Hela, reportedly played by Cate Blanchett, who has teamed up with Loki for an evil mission. Thor ends up on Sakaar, where he reunites with Hulk causing the two to go on this "cosmic road trip." While none of those plot details have been confirmed, the director also spoke about how he plans on injecting more comedy into the movie.
"It's not going to be a crazy comedy, like over the top. But that's definitely my strength and that's what they were looking for when they approached me. So, I think that is the thing I can bring to it to give it a different spin and freshen it up a bit. For me it's about learning and having new experiences. I know the indie film world inside out now and I know how to do it. But after Thor I also have two smaller films I want to do that Jemaine (Clement) and I have written. I have a spin-off from What We Do in the Shadows. I just want to mix it up and have different experiences."
Production is scheduled to begin this summer in Australia on Thor: Ragnarok, which is set for release on November 3, 2017. No supporting cast members have been confirmed yet, and it isn't clear if Thor and Thor: The Dark World stars Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Stellan Skarsgård (Dr. Erik Selvig), Ray Stevenson (Volstagg) and Idris Elba (Heimdall) will be back for this sequel. What do you think about these new details for Thor: Ragnarok?