Mark Ruffalo is currently making the promotional rounds for his new journalism drama Spotlight, and you know what that means: Time for interviewers to poke and prod about Marvel. The Bruce Banner actor will make his next MCU appearance in Thor: Ragnarok, and despite all the apocalyptic action that will likely take place, Ruffalo sees it as a “buddy picture.”
New York Daily News caught up with the actor for an interview recently and got him talking about the role this giant, green rage monster has in the film. Ruffalo said:
I don’t really know that much about it, but I think it’s going to be a buddy picture with Thor and Bruce Banner.
Before they can be all buddy-buddy with each other, Hulk has to actually get to Asgard. The last we saw, he was jetting off in a cloaked quinjet to some unknown location relatively near Fiji. Perhaps he stumbles onto one of those secret side-portals, like the ones Loki used to deck out of his home world. Perhaps there’s some threat Thor encounters that requires Banner’s (or Hulk’s) expertise. There hasn’t been much of a relationship between these two characters on screen, other than their brawl on the helicarrier and famous side punch in The Avengers, so this dynamic shift should be interesting.
Speaking of that side punch, though, Ruffalo says there’ll be more of it.
I think they’ll probably fight. There’s no doubt, everyone wants us to fight at one point.
The last we heard of Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel announced pre-production would take place in Queensland, Australia beginning in January. Though the title clearly refers to the end times of Norse mythology, not much is known about the plot of the film, as it will more than likely differ from the comics. Ruffalo said of the title:
I know that it’s about [the Norse legends of] “Ragnarok,” or the end times in the Marvel universe as it pertains to Thor — which seems to be quite the theme these days in movies.
Thor: Ragnarok will hit theaters on November 3, 2017.