Ever since he was officially confirmed to appear in the third Thor film, Mark Ruffalo has been very open about his character’s role in Thor: Ragnarok, as well as what he’d like to see happen in the upcoming film. Ruffalo has previously commented on his excitement in bringing Hulk into Thor: Ragnarok, as well as the “buddy” dynamic between the two characters within the film, and has even likened the film to “Midnight Sun”. And as exciting as that all is, it’s nothing compared to a quote from the director, Taika Waititi, on the possibility of seeing a more “conscious” Hulk in Ragnarok.
Waititi, who has been very open in recent interviews concerning the film, talked about how they are currently trying to decide if they want to present a more verbal Hulk with Thor: Ragnarok, and how fair they’d like to push that.
When asked how that may play out in the film, Waititi replied, “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].”
One of the reasons given for the hesitation is that they have to consider how this change would affect the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. After all, if Hulk is more verbal and conscious in Ragnarok, that means they’d need to carry that change on with future appearances – such as with the two-part epic, Avengers: Infinity War, which is set to enter production later this year. Still, Waititi is eager to see some evolution for the character, something that should make Hulk fans excited.
“I think a lot of those conversations have more to do with what’s going to come up in future movies,” Waititi continued. “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.”
Thor: Ragnarok will begin production this June in Australia and is set to hit movie theaters on November 17th, 2017.