Back in October, a new report surfaced that the script for Thor: Ragnarok was Marvel's darkest yet, with new director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) coming aboard to inject some humor into the movie. Just a few days later, it was confirmed that Mark Ruffalo will be back as Hulk, who will go on what was described as a "cosmic road trip" with Thor (Chris Hemsworth). While no details have been confirmed yet, Mark Ruffalo confirmed this "road trip" aspect in a new interview with Empire. Here's what the actor had to say, comparing this aspect of the story to the 1988 classic Midnight Run.
"There's a little bit of Midnight Run, with (Charles) Grodin and (Robert) De Niro. I feel like that's kind of where we're heading with this relationship between Thor and Banner. It is a universal road movie - that's where we're heading. It's not where you'd think it will be, so it's not your classic road movie but it has that structure, I think."
Both Thor and Hulk are two of the few Marvel Cinematic Universe characters who will not appear in this year's Captain America: Civil War. We last saw Hulk at the end of last summer's Avengers: Age of Ultron, where he stole a QuinJet and took off for parts unknown, because he felt he was too dangerous due to all of the damage he caused. Mark Ruffalo teased last month that Bruce Banner will be "on the run," and that this new movie will explore Hulk and Thor's relationship. During this new interview, he added he hasn't read a script yet, but they're discussing a more comedic tone to the movie.
"I love Chris [Hemsworth], and it's not an accident that we've been put together because we have a good time together and we goof off. The fact that we're moving towards the smart-comedic bent plays into our relationship."
When asked if he was looking forward to going to Asgard, the actor responded, "Hells yeah!" We also reported last month that Black List writer Stephany Folsom has come aboard to rewrite the script by Christopher Yost and Craig Kyle, with production set to begin this summer in Australia. Are you looking forward to this "universal road trip" with Thor and Hulk in Thor: Ragnarok?