Mark Ruffalo has been talking for the first time about The Hulk’s upcoming return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’.
Reports that the character would join the Norse God’s third adventure surfaced recently, and his latest comments confirm he has a part to play.
Asked about his role in the film by Huffington Post, Ruffalo was giving nothing away: “I play Dr. Bruce Banner, and occasionally I turn into a big green, mean monster.”
True that. He went to talk about the potential for the character, saying: “I am excited to keep coming back to this role. I see a lot of space for it to grow.
"I feel like there’s a lot of cool stuff to explore still, especially the relationship between Banner and Hulk. Hopefully, we’ll see the two of them in a scene together. That would be cool!”
Such a scene could be a non-literal dream sequence, but in the comics Hulk and Banner have been separated before - so there is a precedent. However, in the comics that process left Hulk a mindless beast who subsequently went on a rampage, but since when do scientific experiments go well in comics?
Hulk appearing in alongside Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder makes perfect sense for both Avengers. Marvel aren’t going to make a solo Hulk movie any time soon due to an ongoing distribution deal with Universal, but he can appear freely in other films as part of an ensemble.
Both 'Thor’ films to date have been among Marvel’s least successful (but they were still far from flops) and most critically panned - so in terms of box office at least the Hulk’s inclusion could give things a boost.
'Thor: Ragnarok’ will be directed by Taika Waititi and released on 27 October 2017.
Picture Credits: Marvel Comics / Marvel Studios.