Following NYCC Myself and other fans of all things Marvel have been incredibly excited at the latest news. Mainly due to the possibility that the Hulk could make an appearance in [Thor: Ragnarok](tag:956858)!
After scouring the internet for info on this topic, I have unearthed various snippets of information, so get your salt shakers ready and take those pinches of salt wisely.
Through various Google searches looking for news, I read that Mark Ruffalo will be a supporting character in Thor's upcoming third outing and the story will involve a planet that's not Earth and not Asgard. I myself think this could either be Marvel Studio's attempt at setting up the long anticipated Planet Hulk or they could be exploring more of the nine realms and truly delving into Thor's mythology and rich history (I'm personally praying for the latter).
Fan's have hoped that the next instalment of The Guardians of the Galaxy would be the launching point for Planet Hulk to begin, but James Gunn himself has called that little rumour "Complete Bullshit". However, a well crafted post credit scene at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 involving a marooned Hulk could be the perfect answer, and in turn would allow James Gunn complete freedom to carry on telling the story he wants to tell without being restricted.
Which is perfect considering GOTG vol.2 comes out right before Thor's third instalment.
Both Hulk and Thor's solo films have been less than stellar in comparison to a lot of the MCU titles, which is why i think doubling the pair up would make for one incredible movie. I personally loved both of their solo films, so for people like me this will be phenomenal. Tom Hiddleston is set to come back as Loki for the new Thor film, and Jaimie Alexander will be Lady Siff again.
This is all unconfirmed so far, but makes a hell of a lot of sense considering the rights issues surrounding The Hulk's solo films and Civil War is starting to look like Marvel are making some smart choices when it comes to capitalising on their characters. The MCU is already established now after all, so why not make the most of your incredible stable of heroes.
Well all of this teasing has gotten me thinking, how could they pull this one off? What would happen to The Hulk as soon as the world ended?
Fear not, I've taken the time out of my busy day to ramble on and throw out a few theories in my rabid excitement for you all to enjoy or even build upon.
In Norse mythology, Ragnarok is a series of apocalyptic events that will define the end of the world, where giants of frost and fire will together fight the gods in a final battle that will ultimately destroy the planet, submerging it underwater.
How could it happen?
well let me throw in my theory and speculations, my proverbial "two cents" if you will.
The last time we saw Loki he was posing as The All Father (Odin), So I think our beloved trickster is going to need some help when it comes to pulling off his master plan. Who better to ask than someone as equally powerfully as you in the mystical arts.
Enter Amora, A.K.A Enchantress.
Enchantress is an all power being in Asgard and has an incredible mastery over the mystic arts, as well as a long running history with Thor himself. Both romantically and as an adversary.
Now given how clever and manipulative Marvel Studios has made Loki, I've got a feeling he'll be recruiting others to his cause to rule over Asgard or failing that destroy it. If Loki does indeed bring Amora into this film then we could be about to see one of my favourite animated films come to the big screen, drawing inspiration for the animated movie "Hulk vs Thor".
During the animated film, Loki and Enchantress bring Bruce Banner to Asgard in order to separate the man from the monster, leaving an uninhibited Hulk to go on a rampage through the mystical city. Hulk even dispatches The Warriors Three and Thor himself in no time at all, which would make for some extremely exciting fight scenes in a live action movie and sets up at least one way for Hulk to get to Asgard.
Another way The Hulk could get to Asgard would be if the realm was in trouble and Thor needed help from a certain genius such as Banner, and uses Heimdall to track the man down.
Once Banner has been brought to Asgard, he would then be introduced to or meet Odin not knowing that it is actually Loki in disguise. Except Loki remembers all too well of the beast behind the man after suffering an encounter with him during the battle of New York. Loki would then set out on his diabolical plan to unleashed The Hulk on Asgard.
By the time we reach Ragnarok there would have been a few years gap in between this next Thor film and the last one (The Dark World). So it's only natural to assume that Loki has been up to a number of underhanded and sneaky things. All of which will amount in the end of days for our favourite Nordic collective in true MCU fashion, the end result will be a horrifyingly destructive and heartbreaking piece for all involved (in true Loki fashion).
Loki's medaling and evil schemes will hopefully take us to many different corners of the nine realms and give us a look at all the other worlds facing certain doom, especially if this is to be the last in Thor's trilogy. I personally want to see Surtur and Ulik before our trips to Asgard come to an end.
I've got a feeling The Hulk will be a catalyst to the events that will bring about Ragnarok. I think The Hulk will be a pawn that Loki tries to unleash, but will ultimately learn he could never control such raw power. It will be this meddling that will lead to the destruction and end of his world, This green beast will be his downfall.
That Guardians of the Galaxy end credit scene I mentioned earlier could even be a brief dream scene where Thor is glancing into the future seeing The Hulk abandoned and alone, suggesting the effects of the pool from Age of Ultron are still affecting him.
Then when Thor: Ragnarok arrives, Loki unleashes The Hulk and after setting off some catastrophic events that lead to the end of the world, Thor and The Hulk battle it out, a battle that rages throughout all of the nine realms (and we'll finally get to see Hulk lift Thor's hammer). But before Asgard gets destroyed, Thor somehow manages to convince Amora to merge both Banner and The Hulk back together and reasons with the monster, leaving the two to pair up to tackle the big demons from multiple worlds.
The two heroes would prevent the entire universe from being destroyed but thanks to Loki's meddling, it would be too late to save Asgard.
But before Ragnarok takes effect, Thor and Amora transport Banner/Hulk off world just in time, sparing his fellow Avenger from the same fate as the Asgardian population.
Except The Hulk doesn't end up back on Earth, but rather a seemingly baron desert like planet where he finds himself completely alone.
BOOM! there you'd have the perfect setup for Planet Hulk, There you go Marvel. I just started the ball rolling now fill in the blanks. Of course you'd have to throw in some supporting characters to get heavily involved in Planet Hulk to get past those god damn rights issues.
With the latest news that the Ant-Man sequel will now be titled "Ant-Man and The Wasp", I think it's the perfect time for Marvel to start combining those of their characters that really work together. Those characters that Marvel may feel don't work quite as well on their own. Especially those that have been less than successful during their first solo movies.
This idea will help them grow their cinematic character roster and save on some valuable time in the already long queue of films waiting in line to be released.
In the case of Thor and The Hulk, I think it's going to be a match made in cinematic heaven. Captain America: Civil war will be prime example of how amazingly Marvel are going to be able to handle to task of mixing there other characters into the solo films without them feeling like Avengers tasters.
The folks over at birthmoviesdeath.com have reported hearing whispers that Hulk will indeed be playing a major role in the upcoming film. and the script is set to be Marvel Studios darkest script yet.
Apparently at some point in the film the two heroes will be taking a cosmic road trip of sorts. Along the way they're going to meet some Valkyries. But as well as the generic Valkyries that you'd expect from a Nordic tale about the apocalypse, the film will be launching the Marvel superheroine Valkyrie into the Cinematic Universe.
Valkyrie A.K.A Brunnhilde was once a member of the defenders and had The Enchantress as one of her main villains. It was even an Enchantress storyline that introduced this character into the comic books themselves, so this may help with my theory of The Enchantress finally making her way into Thor's cinematic gallery of rogues.
So keep Both Valkyrie and The Enchantress in your minds as we slowly hear rumblings of Actresses meeting with the big wigs over at Marvel.
As for news on our beloved trickster Loki, screenrant.com managed to sit down with Tom Hiddleston and tried pry some information out of him but he seems to be as in the dark as we do at this point. When asked if he'd be part of Infinity war or just in the next Thor instalment, he had this to say -
"You know, I genuinely don't know. I wish there was something I could tell you. I haven't spoken to anyone over at MArvel for about 2 years. That universe is expanding at such a rate, so...your guess is as good as mine."
But don't worry, he did have time to share with everyone his thoughts on how well he feels Loki is doing, in regards to ruling Asgard -
"I'm interested to see what's happened in the time between. I like to believe that actually he runs Asgard pretty well. The trains run on time and he keeps the streets clean."
Sound off below troops. I would love to know all of your theories and speculative guesses at how Marvel Studios could make this work and what it could possibly mean for the future of their films.
THOR: RAGNAROK, directed by Taika Waititi and starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, and Jamie Alexander is slated to hit theaters on November 3, 2017.