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(Warning: The following contains potential - albeit theoretical - SPOILERS for future movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as actual ones for a handful of old Marvel comic-books. Proceed with whatever level of caution won't make Hulk angry. After all, you wouldn't like Hulk when he's angry...about SPOILERS.)

Now, there are a whole lot of reasons to be massively over-excited by the prospect of 2017's Thor: Ragnarok - not least the fact that it boasts the sort of ridiculously talented cast that you'd normally expect to see in high-level Oscar bait - but in many ways, we only needed the one: It's going to be a Thor/Hulk team-up movie.

After all, with the prospect of us seeing a Hulk solo movie anytime soon seeming as distant as ever, the idea of Bruce Banner and Thor teaming up for a space-hopping adventure is inevitably appealing - especially since Mark Ruffalo (who plays Hulk/Puny Banner) recently revealed - during a press stop for Now You See Me 2 - that:

"You’ll see a lot more Hulk in...[Thor: Ragnarok]...The Hulk gets Hulk-ier. The Hulk Hulks out. Hulk-ier and bigger."

Which, it seems, means we'll be seeing a lot more Hulk - and accordingly less Banner - than in previous Marvel movies featuring the hero.

The even bigger question, though?

What Does a 'Hulkier' Hulk Mean For Thor: Ragnarok...and The MCU As a Whole?

Well, let's take a look, shall we?

Note: SPOILERS prevail after the below eternally unmissable clip...

Ready to rock 'n roll? Well then, let's start with...

3. We Could See a Very Different Version Of Hulk

Now, Ruffalo's teasing of a 'Hulk-ier' version of the hero may well suggest that we'll be seeing an 'amped-up' take on the green goliath - something akin to the wild Hulk we saw back in Avengers: Age of Ultron - but it might also suggest something else entirely.

Marvel's comic-book history, after all, holds all sorts of alternate Hulks - including an extra-strength, not-at-all-minty-fresh version named The Maestro (above). Incredibly powerful, notably dastardly and virtually unstoppable, The Maestro is, in some senses, the 'Hulk-iest' Hulk there is: A malevolent force of nature that takes Bruce Banner's psychological trauma to a destructive extreme - just with brains as well as brute strength. Could we see a version of The Maestro turn up in Thor: Ragnarok, thus giving Chris Hemsworth the chance to beat up Hulk that he's apparently been dreaming of?


2. We Could Finally See Planet Hulk

After all, a 'Hulk-ier' Hulk could well describe either the wild Hulk that was once cast out into space by several of Earth's superheroes, or the gladiatorial Hulk who emerged from that decision upon crash-landing on the battle-obsessed planet of Sakaar - as seen in the classic Planet Hulk story-line.

Were we to see Hulk and Thor lose an early skirmish against Cate Blanchett's Hela, for instance, it's easy enough to imagine that Hulk could find himself - perhaps alongside Thor - thrust onto the gladiatorial world of Sakaar. After all, Guardians of the Galaxy has already introduced the Sakaarans (they were the ones aiding Ronan), so the idea of Hulk battling his way through their gladiatorial arenas isn't exactly out of the question. Similarly, being forced to battle for his very life for an entire montage sequence could well provoke a transformation into a 'Hulk-ier' Hulk, thus fulfilling Ruffalo's promise. All of which would, albeit in a reduced fashion, finally give us the chance to see the iconic Planet Hulk on the big screen - and make for one hell of a set piece or two.

What's more...

1. We Could See World War Hulk In Avengers: Infinity War

Or, rather, we could see elements of the comic-book storyline World War Hulk - a direct follow-up to Planet Hulk, in which Hulk returns to Earth to get revenge on those who sent him away in the first place.

With Infinity War Pt. 1 apparently set to be a distinct - and very different - movie to Pt. 2, it's not impossible that we could see an angry - and either newly intelligent, or fundamentally rampaging - Hulk return to Earth in the first installment, and keep our heroes busy in the lead-up to Thanos' arrival. After all, the Sakaarans were likely in need of a new boss after Ronan's death - could the gladiatorial pits of Sakaar, the Thor: Ragnarok-set machinations of Hela and some sort of manipulation of Hulk all prove to be part of his larger plan? A plan that features an Avengers-v-Hulk set-piece battle that could dwarf both Captain America: Civil War and Age of Ultron's Hulkbuster fight in terms of scale and intensity?

And, if so, is there anyone out there who wouldn't be totally up for seeing that happen?

What do you reckon, though?


What do you think a 'Hulk-ier' Hulk means for the MCU?

via ScreenRant


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