Leading into this summer's Captain America: Civil War, practically every established superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was featured, with two notable exceptions: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). Their exclusion made much more sense when it was confirmed that Mark Ruffalo will return to the MCU in Thor: Ragnarok, with the story reportedly including a "cosmic road trip" that both heroes will go on. Over the weekend, a new set photo surfaced that reveals an iconic MCU vehicle will be featured.
Twitter user "Bigr1g" posted an aerial photo from the Village Roadshow Studios set in Australia, which shows that construction is under way on the iconic Quinjet. Of course, this makes plenty of sense and follows the MCU continuity, since the last time we saw Hulk was when he commandeered a QuinJet at the end of last summer's blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron, taking off for parts unknown after causing so much damage. There have been plenty of rumors about where Hulk will be in this movie, which were essentially confirmed at Comic-Con.
Earlier reports claimed that Thor will be banished from Asgard by the villainous Hela (Cate Blanchett) after she destroys his iconic hammer Mjolnir. Thor reportedly ends up on a gladiator planet, where he is forced to face the planet's current champion, Hulk. While no official plot details have been unveiled yet, Marvel did showcase the gladiator Hulk armor at Comic-Con last month, essentially confirming this rumored story line. It is believed that Thor: Ragnarok will take aspects from the iconic Planet Hulk comic book, which many fans have wanted to see turned into a movie.
Returning franchise stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Idris Elba (Heimdall) and Anthony Hopkins (Odin) will be joined by a slew of new characters this time out. Two-time Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett joins this Marvel Studios' adventure as the mysterious and powerful new villain Hela, along with Jeff Goldblum, who joins the cast as the eccentric Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson who will bring the classic hero Valkyrie to life on the big screen, and Karl Urban who will add his might to the fray as Skurge. Marvel has set a November 3, 2017 release date for Thor: Ragnarok.
Taika Waititi is directing, marking his biggest movie to date. The New Zealand native filmmaker is best known for comedies such as Eagle vs. Shark, What We Do In the Shadows and this year's Hunt For the Wilderpeople. Production on Thor: Ragnarok has been under way since early July, with filming slated to take place through October. Only time will tell what plotlines Thor 3 really holds.