Though his absence will be noticeable in Captain America: Civil War, fans won’t have to wait too long to see Mark Ruffalo as the man behind the giant green rage monster on the big screen. Ruffalo will return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as The Incredible Hulk in Thor: Ragnarok which is set to be released on November 3, 2017.
JoBlo reported the rumor from inside sources at New York Comic Con that The Hulk would be joining forces with Chris Hemsworth’s Thor for the epic space battle that is sure to occur in Thor: Ragnarok. Multiple other sources confirmed that Ruffalo was in final negotiations to appear as Bruce Banner for the first time in a film without Avengers in the title.
Academy Award winning comedic director Taika Waititi will be calling the shots for the third installment of the standalone Thor franchise. Ruffalo joins the core cast of the film, which includes Hemsworth as the Asgardian hammer enthusiast, Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as the fan-favorite villain Loki and Jaimie as Lady Sif.
Craig Kyle, writer of multiple multiple Marvel animated works of the past ten years, and Thor: The Dark World co-writer Christopher Yost have penned the script for the movie. The film will begin to shoot in June 2016.
Prior to The Avengers, Ruffalo had been mostly known for his roles in romantic-comedies and independent films. After the being cast as Banner, his quiet charisma has helped him breathe life into a character that had yet to fully flourish after two attempts at standalone films.
With Thor: Ragnarok set to be the darkest film to date in the MCU, the addition of The Hulk adds an interesting wrinkle into the fold, as well as two new female leads, rumored to be Valkyrie and the Enchantress, the film could potentially be the most monumental film on the road to The Avengers: Infinity Wars Part 1 and 2. Perhaps the fans will be treated to a little taste of what a live-action Planet Hulk film would look like.