It was recently revealed that Bruce Banner, a.k.a The Hulk, will be in the upcoming [Thor: Ragnarok](tag:956858) movie starring Chris Hemsworth as Thor. It will presumably tell the story of Thor, uncovering not only that Loki has been masquerading as Odin, but also the conspiracy behind the Infinity Stones. In other words, we're back in Asgard.
At some point, Bruce Banner makes an appearance in Asgard. It is called Ragnarok, the Norse Apocalypse. I guess it's the end of the world, the Hulk can't be far behind. Does Thor find Banner in his Fiji exile after the Sokovia and Wakanda destruction? In Age of Ultron, Banner asked Black Widow, "where in the world am I not a threat?" Apparently in Asgard, where near-immortal, super-strong individuals live in Norse/Sci-fi splendor. Hulk is kind of like a Beserker of old Asgardian Wars (see the Asgard-heavy Agents of SHIELD episode 'The Well'). Will his rampages have any less effect than they do on Earth? I can't wait to find out!
And there will be fighting.
Of course, every buddy movie involves a moment (or many) in which the buddies find themselves at odds with each other. 'Thor: Ragnarok' will be no exception, according to Ruffalo. “I think they’ll probably fight,” he said. “There’s no doubt, everyone wants us to fight at one point.” It’s worth pointing out that they already have, in the first 'Avengers (http://www.slashfilm.com/hulk-thor-ragnarok-buddy-movie/).'
In the publicity for his new movie, star Mark Ruffalo starts to theorize about the role his dual characters play in the movie:
"I am excited to keep coming back to this role. I see a lot of space for it to grow," he told HuffPost. "I feel like there’s a lot of cool stuff to explore still, especially the relationship between Banner and Hulk. Hopefully, we’ll see the two of them in a scene together. That would be cool!"
Did you hear that? Hulk and Banner in the same room. This actually reminds me of an old Incredible Hulk episode from the '70's (I watched a lot of repeats). In the episode 'Married,' David Banner goes under hypnosis and meets up in a dreamscape with his alter-ego, the Lou Ferrigno-played Hulk. He puts Hulk in a cage, and psychological wackiness ensues.
I would imagine the meeting in Ragnarok would look like this:
But how do you separate two beings that are essentially the same? In the comics, it was done with the help of Doc Sampson, a big science budget and good, old fashioned science. Since Dr. Leonard Sampson did make an appearance in the Hulk movie in 2008, it could be possible.
But, probably not. Since the movie will presumably take place in Asgard, the magic/science of the Asgardians will probably play a primary role in separating Banner and Hulk.
In the comics, the Banner/Hulk saga continues:
But, as you might've guessed, Hulk was left without a mind after Banner was removed from his body. The agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. came to collect him to protect the world from his madness, but eventually Hulk escaped and went on a rampage, duh.
I know it's kinda far-fetched at this point in time to connect Ragnarok over to Agents of SHIELD, but it would be kinda cool, right? Imagine seeing Chloe Bennett's Daisy Johnson unload her powers onto The Hulk and the rest of her Secret Warriors trying to bring him down....
Earthquake powers vs. Hulk. Leads to this:
And, of course, all this could possibly lead to Planet Hulk....