‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Will Be a “Universal Road Movie”, According to Mark Ruffalo

By January 20, 2016

Thor: Rangarok got a whole lot more interesting the minute it added Bruce Banner and The Hulk to its cosmic lineup. After Avengers: Age of Ultron left the character’s fate and destination up in the air (or more appropriately, in the ocean), the question of how and why he ends up alongside the Norse God of Thunder is one of the hottest of the many burning questions we have going further into Marvel’s eventful Phase Three.

Theories are already whirling around regarding the Big Green Rage Monster’s role in the film’s overall story, which is said to deal with the Norse version of the apocalypse, though nothing has been confirmed and with Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett also in talks for a pivotal role in the film, it’s hard not to wonder what Marvel has up their sleeve with this one.

While recently speaking with Empire Magazine too, Bruce Banner himself, Mark Ruffalo, teased the film’s story and his character’s interactions/relationship with Chris Hemsworth’s Thor in the story:

“There’s a little bit of Midnight Run, with [Charles] Grodin and [Robert] De Niro…I feel like that’s kind of where we’re heading with this relationship between Thor and Banner…It is a universal road movie – that’s where we’re heading…It’s not where you’d think it will be, so it’s not your classic road movie but it has that structure, I think.”

It seems like the film will be dealing with some much more comedic elements than fans likely thought previously, which makes sense considering the studio brought on What We Do in the Shadows director Taika Waititi at the helm:

“I love Chris [Hemsworth], and it’s not an accident that we’ve been put together because we have a good time together and we goof off. The fact that we’re moving towards the smart-comedic bent plays into our relationship.”

Considering that Thor: The Dark World is probably one of Marvel’s most disappointing outings, the idea of changing the tone and characters up a little bit could bring more flavor to this franchise, since Ragnarok will likely be the final installment in the Thor standalone series. Waititi could be yet another one of Marvel’s ingenious filmmaking picks too, much like grabbing the Russo Brothers for The Winter Soldier or James Gunn for Guardians of the Galaxy, all of whom had done a large amount of work in the industry previously, but have amassed large fanbases since their spectacular Marvel outings.

The Hulk’s overall role in the film is without a doubt the most interesting aspect of the film right now though, and depending on how well these two heroes’ relationship is explored, this could be one of Phase Three’s sleeper hits.

Thor: Ragnarok is set to hit theatres on November 3rd, 2017.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable