Thor: Ragnarok, the 17th installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is currently filming in Australia and one of its primary actors just wrapped filming. Mark Ruffalo who plays scientist Bruce Banner and green-meanie Avenger Hulk wrapped production this week after a month into filming.
This film, the third in the franchise, will unite the God of Thunder and the Hulk in a "road-trip" style adventure to save the universe from total destruction while also encountering new adversaries. Villains revealed to appear in the film include Surtur the fire demon (announced via concept art at Comic-Con), The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), Hela (Cate Blanchett) and Karl Urban as Skurge.
Bruce Banner/Hulk, played by Mark Ruffalo, will have a major part in the film, as he will not only aid Thor when trouble comes knocking, but will also incorporate one of the Hulk's most famous comic book storylines: "Planet Hulk." Mostly confirmed by the presence of the Hulk's gladiator armor at Comic-Con, an outfit he dons in "Planet Hulk."
Thor: Ragnarok doesn't hit theaters until November 3, 2017 but, fortunately for us, Marvel has not been shy in giving us details on Thor's third solo outing. One such example is Mark Ruffalo's blatant announcement of finishing his role for the film. Through his official Instagram page, the actor has shared several pictures while filming, including the one below with director Taika Waititi, where he announces his completion of his role in the film.
Tessa Thompson, who will be playing the legendary Asgardian Valkyrie in the film, showed her aversion to seeing Ruffalo go by also posting to Instagram. Ruffalo is no doubt a pro when it comes to motion capture filmmaking and his insight for Thompson was probably abundant.
It's safe to assume, after only a month of filming, that Ruffalo as Bruce Banner will not be seeing a considerable amount of screen time in the film. The Hulk is more likely to have a prominent role and much of his presence onscreen will be added in post-production.
Even if further motion capture is required, many of those scenes could potentially be shot without Ruffalo using a stand-in and a motion capture suit, or as Ruffalo calls it, a man-cancelling suit. Because Lou Ferrigno does the voice of the Hulk, Ruffalo may not be needed even for voice work in post-production.
Directed by Taika Waititi, Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Tessa Thompson, Tom Hiddleston, Jeff Goldblum and Cate Blanchett and will hit theaters on November 3, 2017.
What do you think our Bruce Banner to Hulk ratio will be in Thor: Ragnarok?