The latest rumor circulating around the development of [Thor: Ragnarok](tag:956858) lends credit to whispers of the film's rather dark path. As Marvel branches out to explore new genres within their superhero slate, sources for Birth.Movies.Death are saying that our Norse-based hero will face a world gone wrong. According to Devin Faraci:
... how serious is the movie? It's so serious, so dark, that Marvel decided to hire a comedy director to bring a touch of lightness to the proceedings. Yes, Taika Waititi was hired to balance out the grimness of the script and bring it tonally a little closer to what Marvel fans have come to expect.
That's what sources deep inside Disney are whispering to me, anyway. Waititi may yet be joined by another writer to help brighten the corners of Ragnarok while maintaining writer Christopher Yost's apocalyptic vibe.
Faraci goes on to reinforce the fact that he's heard whispers of The Hulk's return in the film:
One way that may happen is to up the humor between Thor and Hulk, who I have been led to believe will be not only appearing in the movie but will be playing a major role. The two heroes will be taking a cosmic road trip together, Hope and Crosby style.
Finally, another leading lady in Marvel is rumored to join the cast -- one who has been enjoying a growing fanbase as of late:
Along the way they're going to meet Valkyries, as you might expect from a story about the Norse end of the world, but my source tells me that besides the Valkyries (generic) the film might launch Marvel superheroine Valkyrie into the Cinematic Universe.
Valkyrie has been a major player within Marvel lore since her first introduction in The Avengers, and Faraci notes that fans should "keep Valkyrie in mind as you hear rumors about women meeting with Marvel."
With anticipation at it's highest regarding Captain Marvel, fans might find themselves following quite a few blonde actresses as a casting deadline grows closer for both she and Valkyrie.
Thor: Ragnarok is expected to release on July 28th, 2017.