Fans of Bruce Banner and the Hulk are patiently waiting for a Planet Hulk film and due to film rights with Universal this solo film has been put on hold, but Marvel Studios might have just found a loophole.
There are spoilers after the break, do not continue to read if you don’t want to be spoiled!
The loophole is Thor: Ragnarok where Thor and Hulk go on an adventure across the nine realms to save the universe. Mark Ruffalo recently likened the third Thor film to Midnight Run with Robert DeNiro and Charles Grodin.
The big question is how do Thor and Hulk meet up to begin their adventure?
According to sources at Geek.com they have the answer. Nothing is official, Taika Waititi and his team are still in the midst of finalizing the script, so take this plot concept with a grain of salt.
After Thor catches on to Hela and Loki’s (still mysterious) plot that is going down in Asgard, Hela destroys Mjolnir, and banishes Thor from Asgard. Loki and Hela’s plan involves the major arc of the Marvel Universe, and just when it looks like Thor is about to put a stop to it, he gets banished — but not to any old planet. He ends up on a gladiatorial world where his head is shaved, and he’s forced to fight for his life.
Thor knows that he has to get to some MacGuffin weapon object to defeat Hela and Loki and he has to get off the planet. Thor runs through all of his alien opponents in gladiatorial combat, even without his trademark hammer. Finally, Thor has to face the current champion of the arena, and wouldn’t you know who that ends up being? The Hulk.
When we reconnect with Hulk in ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ he’s managed to avoid reverting to the Banner state since we last saw him in the Quinjet in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron.’ Hulk in Hulk form is almost unkillable, so he survived the trip to the gladiator planet. His “Banner” is starting to seep through into the Hulk persona, and because of the Hulk-Banner melding, Hulk remembers Thor and his relationship to him. That’s what starts the two on a Midnight Run to the MacGuffin that Thor desperately needs.
Not sure how long this film would be, but this concept has a chance to make Thor: Ragnarok an epic movie.
What do you think? Do you want to see Planet Hulk in Thor: Ragnarok?
Thor: Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waititi, Christopher Yost and Craig Kyle are working on the script, and the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Jaimie Alexander, Ray Stevenson, and Anthony Hopkins.
Thor: Ragnarok will destroy the universe on November 3, 2017.