Over the years, Marvel's Hulk has been interpreted in numerous ways. Noticeably, different incarnations have spoken at varying degrees; sometimes the Hulk is in a sulk, sometimes the Hulk is more talkative.
Recent interpretations have been fairly quiet. However, the Hulk as we know him may be changing.
Firstly, Mark Ruffalo has confirmed he'll be featuring in Thor: Ragnarok, and teased at a more extrovert character by claiming the personalities of alter ego Bruce Banner and the Hulk are merging.
Now, Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has revealed conversations are ongoing in relation to just how often the Hulk will talk in the movie.
We have seen glimpses of some wisecracks before...
Such As The Hilarious "Puny God" Comment In 'Avengers' (2012)
But, Generally, The Character's Dialogue Is Limited To A Few Sentences
Should Hulk Be Conscious?
Although Waititi confirmed that Ruffalo's Hulk is evolving, how that translates to the screen is yet to be decided. Essentially, there are a lot of hoops to jump through when changing character traits of a Marvel character.
Talking to HitFix at the Sundance Film Festival, the 40-year-old director said:
"There's a big conversation that's happening about how far to push that. Whether or not The Hulk should be [verbal/conscious].
"I think we all want to see that development and the evolution of that character. I also think you can do it in a fun way."
A "Different Spin"
Part of the challenge is also balancing light relief with a serious plot, something that Waititi is keen to get right, especially considering the storyline centers around the apocalypse, which the Vikings referred to as Ragnorok.
There's no doubt Waititi is a funny man; as well as directing and writing comedies for the screen, he has also performed comedy off screen. In 1999 he won New Zealand's highest comedy accolade, the Billy T award, for his double act with Jemaine Clement, called 'The Humourbeasts.'
Waititi's previous films have had modest budgets, making the direction of Ragnarok a step up. His breakthrough hit, Boy (2010) cost just $16,000 to make, while 2014's What We Do in the Shadows cost $1.6 million. In comparison, Thor: The Dark World cost $117 million.
However, producers were clearly confident in Waititi's ability to add a new angle to the series. He added:
"It's not going to be a crazy comedy, like over the top. But that’s definitely my strength and that's what they were looking for when they approached me.
"So, I think that is the thing I can bring to it to give it a different spin and freshen it up a bit."
Feels Like Hulk Is Being Watched
One possible fragment of the Hulk's demeanour that could be freshened up would be adding more dialogue. Recent incarnations have seen the character limited to a few mumbles, or a few poorly strung out sentences per movie.
However, early additions of the character depicted him talking much more. Above is a strip from The Hulk Annual 5, made in 1968.
That being said, let's not forget that this is Thor's movie, something else that isn't completely lost on Waititi. His main challenge? Making Thor the most interesting character:
"Yeah, well that is my goal! Because he's got to be. And it should be that way."
We'll be able to see just how talkative the Hulk becomes when 'Thor: Ragnarok' is released on November 3, 2017.
Source: Comic Book