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Exclusive: (CONFIRMED) Mark Ruffalo's Hulk will return in Thor: Ragnarok

10.15.2015

UPDATE: Deadline is reporting that this is confirmed, but since they don't feel like we deserve the proper linkage and acknowledgement for first breaking this, I won't be linking to them. I'm sure Marvel will have an official announcement up shortly. THR is reporting the same and giving proper linkage, so here's their confirmation as well.

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Fans of Thor, Hulk, and “otherworldly” adventures, get ready to be happy.

The last time we saw ol' Bruce Banner/Hulk, he was flying off into the sunset in a Quinjet, which supposedly crashed in the ocean somewhere with no sign of the man or beast to be seen. This left a big question mark as to when or where the Hulk would reappear in the MCU prior to the obvious inclusion in THE AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR films. Well, wonder no more, my friends.

Hot on the heels of NYCC, we’ve gotten word from our inside sources that THOR: RAGNAROK will see Chris Hemsworth’s Thor team up with none other than Mark Ruffalos HULK for the Odinson's third solo film, which finds the God of Thunder facing what amounts to the Norse Apocalypse. Only this time out he'll have some help from a fellow Avenger.

Mark Ruffalo joins Tom Hiddleston (also confirmed by our sources) and Jaimie Alexander in RAGNAROK, which we’ve also heard will involve a “distant planet” that is "not Asgard and not Earth." What does that mean? Certainly the theory will be made that this is where Marvel will work in the long-rumored Planet Hulk storyline, and although we can’t completely verify that, we can’t completely deny it either. I’ll leave it to you on how you want to place your bets, but I know where my money is going. Regardless, Ruffalo is on board. As to how much time he’ll spend as Hulk vs. Banner, we can’t say, only that he’s absolutely part of the supporting cast and will feature prominently.

If you think about it, this makes perfect sense and is a smart move on Marvel’s part. It also follows the trend of folding more characters into these “solo” films, making them more of an ensemble. After the success of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER and the recent announcement of ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, not to mention the upcoming CIVIL WAR, it appears “ensemble” is the new “solo”. And, really, why wouldn’t it be? We’re long past the introduction of Nick Fury in the credits of IRON MAN. The MCU is established, so why not capitalize on it?

Given the amount of fun we’ve already had with both Thor and Hulk in THE AVENGERS, it feels like the perfect match up. Personally, I think it’s the smartest damn thing they could do with both characters, which have struggled to find footing in their solo expeditions. Also, who could forget their first onscreen team-up in 1988 for the TV movie The Incredible Hulk Returns? Here, let's refresh...

Ah, we've come a long way, no? Anyway, who else would you team Thor up with for a mythological venture in space? Captain America? Iron Man? Hawkeye? You need someone that can survive the harsher elements to traverse time and space without space suits, software, hardware, and, well, oxygen. Granted, it’s just fantasy, but it still needs to be somewhat sensible, even for a gamma-infected monster and a mythological god.

Although director James Gunn has denied the whole Planet Hulk thing being a part of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 (calling it “…complete bullshit” in fact), that doesn’t leave out the possibility of a post-credits sequence that teases the green goliath on a “distant planet”, which would make sense seeing as THOR: RAGNAROK is the next in line after GUARDIANS 2. Seems like the perfect set up to me, while leaving Gunn to carry on his Guardians story without interference, which I think we can all agree would be best. Guess we'll have to wait and see on that. Either way, the Hulk will be back, thankfully sooner than later.

THOR: RAGNAROK, directed by Taika Waititi and starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, and Jaimie Alexander is slated to hit theaters on November 3, 2017.

What do YOU think about this direction for both Hulk and Thor?

Source: JoBlo.com

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2:02PM on 10/16/2015
Good job on the scoopage, Joblo!
Good job on the scoopage, Joblo!
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8:37AM on 10/16/2015
And then after the events of the Infinity Wars, Banner returns with Thor that will eventually be a Planet Hulk take off.
And then after the events of the Infinity Wars, Banner returns with Thor that will eventually be a Planet Hulk take off.
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8:59PM on 10/15/2015

An exclusive?

Congrats!!!!
Congrats!!!!
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10:09PM on 10/12/2015

This would be the best way to use Hulk!

You can't use him in any "realistic" Marvel property because he's basically as strong as Superman (and completely uncontrollable). So you put him on Asgard where they are thousands of years more advanced than us and (possibly) can help Banner keep from losing complete control with their science/magic. Then you have a foe so badass that he would have destroyed Asgard until you toss Hulk into the mix.

Now THAT is a movie I'd pay to see!
You can't use him in any "realistic" Marvel property because he's basically as strong as Superman (and completely uncontrollable). So you put him on Asgard where they are thousands of years more advanced than us and (possibly) can help Banner keep from losing complete control with their science/magic. Then you have a foe so badass that he would have destroyed Asgard until you toss Hulk into the mix.

Now THAT is a movie I'd pay to see!
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7:18PM on 10/12/2015
As random a superhero rumor as we've seen in awhile. Does make some kind of sense since Thor is the weakest of the solo series. Also a way to try to do a sort of Planet Hulk without having to deal with Universal.
As random a superhero rumor as we've seen in awhile. Does make some kind of sense since Thor is the weakest of the solo series. Also a way to try to do a sort of Planet Hulk without having to deal with Universal.
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6:08PM on 10/12/2015
I hate to be skeptical, but this seems like a decision based more on financial incentives than story reasons. With Avengers making more money than the solo films, I bet the studio heads think that keeping more heroes in each film will result in more money.
I hate to be skeptical, but this seems like a decision based more on financial incentives than story reasons. With Avengers making more money than the solo films, I bet the studio heads think that keeping more heroes in each film will result in more money.
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7:14PM on 10/12/2015
this is the ultimate reason
this is the ultimate reason
9:47PM on 10/15/2015
i think it's just the natural progression for super hero movies. we've done enough solo films now, and a single super hero isn't enough anymore. our expectations have been raised. given how Civil War is set, and WB is starting off with Batman + Superman, multiple heroes in the movies is the new standard. and that makes me happy because it's more like how the actual comic books work.

also, wouldn't adding a Mark Ruffalo add to the cost?
i think it's just the natural progression for super hero movies. we've done enough solo films now, and a single super hero isn't enough anymore. our expectations have been raised. given how Civil War is set, and WB is starting off with Batman + Superman, multiple heroes in the movies is the new standard. and that makes me happy because it's more like how the actual comic books work.

also, wouldn't adding a Mark Ruffalo add to the cost?
5:39PM on 10/12/2015
Yay for more Hulk

Id just assume this "distant planet" will be Muspelheim. Because that's kind of relevant to the story.
Yay for more Hulk

Id just assume this "distant planet" will be Muspelheim. Because that's kind of relevant to the story.
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5:32PM on 10/12/2015

Great News, but....

Pumped for more attention on Hulk, but.. to be honest it doesn't matter if the villain is as week as they have been in every single marvel film to date... So yay for more Hulk, and boo for the villain that won't hold up in the film...

Marvel needs to address their villains, even Thanos they could be establishing his roots and motives in every appearance he has.
Pumped for more attention on Hulk, but.. to be honest it doesn't matter if the villain is as week as they have been in every single marvel film to date... So yay for more Hulk, and boo for the villain that won't hold up in the film...

Marvel needs to address their villains, even Thanos they could be establishing his roots and motives in every appearance he has.
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2:47PM on 10/12/2015

I know that I'm in the minority...

...but when I read "distant planet" the first thing that I thought was not Planet Hulk but the tenth realm, Heven, that was severed from the other nine after Thor's sister, Aldrif was "killed." So yeah, my first thought was Angela and maybe the "Angels" have a hand in Ragnarok.
...but when I read "distant planet" the first thing that I thought was not Planet Hulk but the tenth realm, Heven, that was severed from the other nine after Thor's sister, Aldrif was "killed." So yeah, my first thought was Angela and maybe the "Angels" have a hand in Ragnarok.
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1:06PM on 10/12/2015
Banner has Thor take him to Asgard after the events of Ultron? Less of a chance of hurting anyone that way...?
Banner has Thor take him to Asgard after the events of Ultron? Less of a chance of hurting anyone that way...?
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1:04PM on 10/12/2015
Wow, Thor and Hulk? Sounds pretty good but I do hope they have a better villain that Malakeith from Thor 2.
Wow, Thor and Hulk? Sounds pretty good but I do hope they have a better villain that Malakeith from Thor 2.
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12:45PM on 10/12/2015
Hopefully, this gets a great director. Thor 2 was fairly weak, but I love the fantastical elements that get explored in the Thor story line. I'm excited for this to continue.
Hopefully, this gets a great director. Thor 2 was fairly weak, but I love the fantastical elements that get explored in the Thor story line. I'm excited for this to continue.
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12:06PM on 10/12/2015
I am literally picturing (in the post credit scene for Guardians 2) an extremely similar shot like from Gladiator after Derek Jacobi talks about the 160 days of games etc, where there is just an aerial shot approaching the coliseum with the most sinister of music and you see a massacre from high above happening in the Coliseum. Only this time, you see a MASSIVE GREEN...HULK of a beast from a distant aerial shot causing the massacre. then Black
I am literally picturing (in the post credit scene for Guardians 2) an extremely similar shot like from Gladiator after Derek Jacobi talks about the 160 days of games etc, where there is just an aerial shot approaching the coliseum with the most sinister of music and you see a massacre from high above happening in the Coliseum. Only this time, you see a MASSIVE GREEN...HULK of a beast from a distant aerial shot causing the massacre. then Black
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12:05PM on 10/12/2015
This is great news. Thor is going to need all the help he can get in Ragnarok and what better way than teaming up with the Hulk. And am glad to see Ruffalo's Hulk making more of an appearance in the MCU other than popping up in the Avenger films only.
This is great news. Thor is going to need all the help he can get in Ragnarok and what better way than teaming up with the Hulk. And am glad to see Ruffalo's Hulk making more of an appearance in the MCU other than popping up in the Avenger films only.
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12:01PM on 10/12/2015

Goes with my theory that

he was abducted FROM the Quinn Jet similar to how Quill was abducted. We just didn't see it and it allowed Marvel a clean slate to do what they wanted when they figured it out without backing themselves in a corner. I.E if they didn't do this they could just go back to lonely man on the run scenario.
he was abducted FROM the Quinn Jet similar to how Quill was abducted. We just didn't see it and it allowed Marvel a clean slate to do what they wanted when they figured it out without backing themselves in a corner. I.E if they didn't do this they could just go back to lonely man on the run scenario.
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