With pre-production currently underway for Thor: Ragnarok, we’re beginning to get a better idea of what both the story and cast will look like when filming kicks off in July. The film landed Taika Waititi as the director back in October, as well Mark Ruffalo‘s Hulk, who’ll be making his debut in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film outside of the Avengers franchise. A couple months after, it was announced that Stephany Folsom was brought in to work on the screenplay. That news was followed up by reports of Cate Blanchett being in talks for a role in the film. Between all of this, Ruffalo has been hinting at returns of certain actors, as well as the Hulk’s involvement in the film and what he’d like to see.
In a recent interview with Empire to promote his latest film, Spotlight, Ruffalo offered up a few more tidbits regarding Ragnarok, likening it to Midnight Run.
“There’s a little bit of Midnight Run, with [Charles] Grodin and [Robert] De Niro,” Ruffalo told Empire. “I feel like that’s kind of where we’re heading with this relationship between Thor and Banner.” So is it a road movie? “It is a universal road movie – that’s where we’re heading,” he says, adding cryptically: “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.”
He also went on to talk about his rapport with Chris Hemsworth, and how that helped lead to him joining Ragnarok
“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.” And Banner will be heading to Asgard. “[Am I looking forward to that?] Hells, yeah.”