Adding Hulk to Thor: Ragnarok sure to bring in more green for Marvel Studios

Even though that Fantastic Four back to Marvel Studios rumor sadly proved untrue, one other Marvel Studios bit of news was confirmed. Mark Ruffalo is bringing The Hulk to Asgard for a reportedly significant role in the third Thor solo film,  Thor: Ragnarok, according to

Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner/Hulk will be sharing the screen with fellow Avenger Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the two Avengers noticeably absent from next May’s Captain America: Civil War, which is essentially Avengers 2.5 so it’s nice to see the team’s two heavy hitters haven’t been forgotten.Avengers - Age of Ultron - Hulk angry

I’m a big fan of these smaller scale Avengers team-ups. It worked wonders for Captain America as he partnered with Black Widow in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and I’m expecting similar great things with Thor and Hulk.

Unlike Cap and Black Widow, it’s highly likely Thor and Hulk will find themselves on opposing sides especially with Loki manipulating events in Asgard.  And for those of us who didn’t get enough from their first encounter in The Avengers, this much anticipated rematch could be one of the biggest fights in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Beyond creative excitement, the move is a shrewd one for Marvel Studios as it looks for ways to spotlight Hulk despite Universal Studios having the distribution rights for standalone Hulk films.

Chris Hemsworth as Thor in Thor 2 - The Dark WorldFrom a financial standpoint, adding Hulk should bring in more green as well to the Thor franchise. Of the 12 Marvel Studios films, Thor ($181 million) and Thor: The Dark World ($206 million) are No. 9 and No. 8 respectively.

We’ll see the clash of the titans in the Taika Waititi-directed film on Nov. 3, 2017.

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  • fred

    I love the idea of Hulk joining Thor in ‘Ragnarok’, Hulk appeared to need a change of scenery badly in AOU and what better place for him to go than Asgard. Imagine Hulk in Asgardian armor, that would be insanely sick. Thor can certainly use Hulk’s help in ‘Ragnarok’ which is loaded with evil heavy hitters to say the least. Jeff I have to disagree with you on one thing, I don’t think they will have Hulk opposing Thor in this movie because it’s already been done in “The Avengers” and stepping on that same formula could prove to be dangerously formulaic and I don’t think they will go down that road again. Besides with the likes of Surtur, Hela, Amora The Enchantress and possibly Skurge the Executioner appearing in this film Thor and his comrades will more than have their hands filled. And that’s not even counting Loki and Thanos possibly popping his head in the scene as well. Also having to save Odin as well.

  • Oh Asgard definitely can provide enough fodder for some serious Hulk smashing, but knowing their tempers, it seems likely Thor and Hulk will find themselves battling it out if even for one quick scene.

  • fred

    Well even if they did decide to go that route I couldn’t see the writers and director dragging that on too long because that’s not the essence of what “Ragnarok” is about. They could have Thor and Hulk slug it out for moment or two because Hulk was pissed from went on in AOU, but I actually think Hulk could be more at home in Asgard for a time being seeing that it’s a world of fantastical creature like himself which should make him more comfortable. Hulk won’t be sore thumb sticking out in this realm.

  • Ben

    I think this could easily lead to a solo-Hulk film too. Start to move him away from the Avengers and into other worlds and even start going the route of World War Hulk. There is two secret projects and schedule film dates Marvek have announced isn’t there? This could be the start of a very big, green announcement.

  • From the sounds of things, Marvel can’t do a standalone film thanks to the deal with Universal, which allows Hulk to be part of Marvel films but they have rights to standalone films.

  • Ben

    Ah, didn’t realise that. Such a shame because the character deserves one and there is plenty of decent stories they could adapt.

  • I’d love to see Marvel Studios do a solo film, but they’ve incorporated him well in the Avenger films.

  • Ben

    It runs the risk of him playing the same part though – big battle: Unleash the Hulk. He sorely needs a little bit more depth.

  • That’s a fair point. That’s why I like pairing him with Thor. We’ll get the Hulk smash dynamic, but with Thor, Banner will be the smart one and not just backing up Stark.

  • Ben

    That’s fair. Banner in Asgard could be something very new.