Taika Waititi and Mark Ruffalo talk Thor: Ragnarok and The Hulk’s arc
We’ve heard a lot about the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok in regard to the feel of the film and how the title hero will interact with visiting green giant The Hulk, but the film is still a long way away, so anything could change. Development continues on the film’s script with production set to begin later in the year in Austrailia, and speaking with Collider, director Taika Waititi revealed his current involvement in the draft being written is finding the humorous elements that can be supplanted in the script.
“I love that one moment in Avengers when Hulk grabs Loki and rag dolls him. It lends itself to great humor, do you read those comic books? They’re wacky. They’re crazy. I think that‘s exactly what they need, to keep changing it up. They’ve got their dark films, some are more serious, and I think it’s great that they’re mixing it up. I really want to inject my style of humor into this.”
Waititi also spoke about, contrary to popular belief, how loose things actually are at Marvel Studios in regard to a particular film’s story and structure.
“I’ve learned that there are really no rules. There’s no road map. They’re very similar to Pixar in that way. They are constantly looking for the best story, they’ll tear everything down to rebuild it to make sure they have the best story. That’s why Marvel is good, they keep pushing and pushing and trying to get the best thing possible. That’s what I’ve discovered the way things have changed.”
Further regarding “Ragnarok,” Mark Ruffalo, who will appear as The Hulk in the film, revealed to Yahoo that the character’s arc in the film will carry over into both of the Avengers: Infinity War movies.
“We’ve worked a really interesting arc into Thor 3, Avengers 3 and 4 for Banner that I think will – when it’s all added up – will feel like a Hulk movie, a standalone movie.”
Thor: Ragnarok, aimed to close out the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Asgardian trilogy, will see the return of Chris Hemsworth as the god of thunder with Tom Hiddleston as Loki and Anthony Hopkins as Odin. Cate Blanchett is also in talks to play the film’s villain.
The “Phase Three” entry recently brought aboard 2013 “Black List” screenwriter Stephany Folsom. Previously, Christopher Yost and Craig Kyle have worked on the script. Thor: Ragnarok is set to open in theaters on November 3, 2017 in 3D/2D theaters and IMAX.