By Graeme McMillan
Even though Thor: Ragnarok will feature the Asgardian Thunder God teaming up with his Avengers co-star Hulk, that might not be the most surprising team-up in the 2017 movie. Talking during a recent interview, Mark Ruffalo suggested that the Hulk might get a chance to meet … Bruce Banner.
“I am excited to keep coming back to this role,” the actor told the Huffington Post. “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!”
While the logistics of that meeting might sound complicated to some, considering that Banner and the Hulk share a body, it’s nothing new for comic book fans. Indeed, there have been numerous meetings between the two through a variety of machinations in the decades since the characters’ debut in 1963. Traditionally, the two have interacted inside Banner’s mind, but there have been occasions where Banner and Hulk have been physically separated, allowing for the two to literally confront each other face to face.
Whether or not Ruffalo’s comments are wishful thinking or a hint that the events of Ragnarok could cause such a schism remains unclear, although if those responsible for the movie want to make fans very happy, it might be time to start considering the idea no matter what.
Thor: Ragnarok will be released Nov. 3, 2017, with shooting to begin in Queensland, Australia, next summer.