With a standalone MCU Hulk movie looking less and less likely as the years go by, Mark Ruffalo has revealed that Thor: Ragnarok will instead mark the beginning of a three film arc for the character.
Ruffalo has been quite vocal about wanting to take on a solo project for the character since filling the role for 2012’s Avengers, an enthusiasm that only intensified when the character – and his casting – proved something of a hit with fans. Universal, though, retain the rights to any such standalone feature, and the actor has never shied from highlighting this as the reason such a project will likely never happen.
Now, it seems the actor and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige have conceived of a would-be workaround, embedding a three film character arc into the new Thor feature and the next two Avengers instalments. The actor explains:
“So basically, Kevin pulled me aside before this, and said, ‘If you were gonna do a… if we were going to do a standalone Hulk movie, what would it be?’ And I said, ‘I think it should be this, this, this, and this and this, and ends up like this.’ And he’s like, ‘I love that. Why don’t we do that in the next three movies, starting with Thor 3 and then we go into Avengers 3 and 4.’ And I was like, ‘That sounds great!’ And so we are at the beginning of this arc.”
As to what, precisely, this arc might involve, Ruffalo hints that identity will play a huge part. “Hulk speaking is the start of separating of these two individuals, these identities in this split-identity person, and where that’s going to end up going. So it was really interesting to me,” he explains. “He’s like a baby! He’s like a five year old or six year old. So he has the same syntax, he has the same world view, and so it was fun. It’s like Chris [Hemsworth] – we all got to reinvent our characters in this.”
Thor: Ragnarok opens in the UK on October 24th, and in the US on November 7th.