The rumors have been flying faster than Valkyries on winged horses since earlier this week when JoBlo reported on this hot story, and yet it’s appearing to be true that Marvel Studios is close to negotiating a deal that would bring Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner (and therefore the Hulk) into Thor: Ragnarok.
According to Comingsoon.net, the Hulk will team up with Thor in the God of Thunder’s third solo film. The story will reportedly center on a “distant planet” that is “not Asgard and not Earth.” It’s unclear what this planet might be in the context of the film, although the constant rumors (amid denials) of a Planet Hulk film are likely to feed into fan speculation.
Thor: Ragnarok will close out the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Asgardian trilogy. It features a screenplay by Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World) and Craig Kyle (producer on previous two Thor films), and will continue the cliffhanger ending of Thor: The Dark World wherein it was revealed that Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has secretly taken the Asgardian throne in guise of his adoptive father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins).
Before appearing in Ragnarok Hulk star Mark Ruffalo will reprise his role as Dylan Rhodes in director Jon M. Chu’s Now You See Me: The Second Act. Also set to star Woody Harrelson, Daniel Radcliffe, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Jesse Eisenberg, Jay Chou, Lizzy Caplan and Dave Franco, the Now You See Me sequel hits the big screen June 10, 2016.
Flight of the Conchords and What We Do in the Shadows helmer Taika Waititi is in negotiations to direct the upcoming film.
Marvel Studios will release Thor: Ragnarok on November 3, 2017 in 3D/2D theaters and IMAX.
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