[Update 10/16/2015: Word came out last night through Variety and a few other trades, that Mark Ruffalo is indeed in talks to reprise the role of Hulk in Thor: Ragnarok. So this bit of news can be confirmed. Now we can speculate as to how and why they meet up!]
With Captain America: Civil War bringing just about all the Avengers back together (plus a few new ones), the absence of Thor and Hulk has been the source of much speculation between fans. If this new report, from the reliable guys at Joblo, is any indication, it’s because they’re busy having their own adventure!
Their sources claim that Thor: Ragnarok (which just recently snagged a director) will bring Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo together to face down the Norse apocalypse. Along with the Hulk popping up, their source also confirms that Tom Hiddleston will be back as Loki (though this seems like a “no duh” type of information), and the bulk of the movie will take place on a new planet. That’s pretty much all the information offered up. No indication of how Hulk will pop up, or why, but it sounds like Hulk will be there.
For the moment, this is high rumor, albeit one that makes a lot of sense. No one knows what happened to the Hulk after Age of Ultron and Civil War has so much going on right now that taking the time to explain where Hulk went (and why he came back) seems like too much. The filmmakers wouldn’t have the screentime to do it justice, especially with all the new characters coming into play. Pairing him up with Thor, however, would give the storytellers plenty of time to explore what’s going on with the Hulk and how he ended up where he is.
Rumors have abounded since BEFORE Age of Ultron released that the Hulk would fly off and it would lead into some adaptation of the Planet Hulk story. For a while, that rumor was he would encounter the Guardians of the Galaxy, but that’s since been quashed by director James Gunn. Could his potential appearance in Thor: Raganarok be where Planet Hulk picks up (or at least story threads from it)? There’s no telling, and at this point, it would be wild speculation.
Either way, I’m willing to back this rumor and am anxious to see how it plays out. Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3, 2017. What do you guys think of this rumor? Is it BS, or do you believe it? What would you hope to see if the Hulk IS in Ragnarok?