When Avengers: Age of Ultron ended, the entire dynamic of the Marvel Cinematic Universe had seemingly changed entirely throughout its two-and-a-half hour run time. One of the biggest differences though, was the sudden mystery surrounding the fate of Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Mark Ruffal0) as fans watched the beloved character fly into the unknown, with no known destination made clear to us or any of the other characters. While the original plan for Captain America: Civil War included the character’s in its large story, Ruffalo stated that he had been cut from the film in order to keep the character in the background of the MCU for the time being.
However, it was just recently confirmed that he would be returning onscreen again in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, which will find the Norse god fighting to avoid the apocalypse…. or at least, we think. Nothing has been confirmed as of yet. With the addition of the Hulk in the story though, and the general consensus being that most of the film will take place in the Cosmic side of the MCU, it seems like Kevin Feige and co. might be planning on taking our favorite Big Green Rage Monster in some interesting new directions.
While speaking with The Huffington Post though, Ruffalo himself was asked about his role in the film and after initially joking that ,“I play Dr. Bruce Banner, and occasionally I turn into a big green, mean monster,” the actor expanded (slightly) on the places his character will go in the film:
“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!”
Now, this has happened in the comics before, and without going too far into the details and specifics, one thing leads to another and the Hulk and Banner are separated. However, what happens is that without Banner’s voice of reason in the Hulk’s mind, he turns into an unstoppable destruction machine without any sense of morality or awareness. Banner is forced to reunite with the Hulk in the end, in order to stop the endless mayhem caused by his big, green half.
It is interesting that Ruffalo would randomly throw that out there, and the idea of the two entities being separated without too much scientific exposition or set up is something that could happen in the Cosmic side of the Universe. Is it possible we could see this comic book arc happen onscreen in the film? One of the reasons that Ruffalo’s version of the character has worked so well is because of the personality he brings to each role, and the subtle differences he gives to each half, so the idea of actually seeing the two separate identities onscreen together could not only provide for a compelling narrative arc, but a way to give Banner even more development than he’s already received.
He doesn’t hide his disdain for the Hulk in the films, but what if he’s forced to sacrifice a normal life once again in order to save the world? I don’t know about you, but just thinking about it gives me chills.
Thor: Ragnarok is set to hit theatres on November 3rd, 2017.
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