The director of Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi, was interviewed during the Sundance Film Festival, and the subject of the Marvel movie was discussed. Things like an idea of a more “conscious” Hulk and some brief information entailing Hela and Loki came to light.
Director Waititi was asked about the Hulk’s intelligence level in the next movie, and the director talked about how there are discussions going on about this very topic. This conversation entails on “how far to push that” in Thor: Ragnarok.
“It’s interesting, because at the moment, there’s a big conversation that’s happening about how far to push that. Whether or not The Hulk should be [verbal/conscious].”
If anyone has followed Bruce Banner from the previous Hulk movies until now, one may have taken notice of the green beast’s evolution.
This includes the end tease to The Incredible Hulk, where Banner attempts to control the beast with meditation out in the wilderness, and his demonstrated ability to change into the Hulk on a whim in the Avengers: Age of Ultron because, according to Bruce, “I’m always angry!”
In Thor: Ragnarok, there had been rumors going around regarding the Planet Hulk story arc being an inspiration to the threequel. According to the Inquisitr, there are theories and speculative thoughts regarding all of this. There is an implication, according to Comic Book Movie, that Taika mentions this would likely be more prevalent in Avengers: Infinity War. Although the Thor: Ragnarok director doesn’t mention the Russo brothers’ project by name, he does tease the idea of the character’s development being a part of “larger group decisions.”
“They have a lot of stuff that they have to consider. But I do think that’s the best way to track it. I think we all want that. 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.”
The Thor: Ragnarok director also addressed the rumors involving Cate Blanchett as Hela. He did mention she’ll be in the movie, but as far as confirming the rumors about her playing Hela, he remained tight-lipped and cited having “said way too much,” according to Comic Book Movie.
He wasn’t sure to what end Blanchett’s involvement would entail but did have this to say.
“Look, it’s so early I’m not sure exactly what the extent of it is, but it’s looking good, which would make me very happy.”
The director also addressed Loki’s involvement in Thor: Ragnarok and if it is even necessary. Fans would imagine that it would make sense because he was heavily involved in previous movies up until this point. Waititi concurs the sentiment but also would focus more on the Thor character being the best the director can make him.
“He’s such a big part of it. And he’s such a great part of it. My focus really is making sure that Thor is the best character, though.”
At this point, Taika mentions what everyone thinks when it comes to what Loki could be up to in the future and how beloved he is.
“At the moment, everyone’s trying to figure it out, like ‘What’s he going to do?’ Everyone loves that character.”
It was interesting to note that the director did some research regarding Norse mythology regarding the “Ragnarok” portion of Thor: Ragnarok. With that said, it seems Waititi is implying and one can only speculate from the director’s words some kind of inspiration from the actual Norse belief system by stating how much different he plans on making the third movie. So different that he wants to “treat this as if it was the first Thor film,” according to Heroic Hollywood.
Considering that Mark Ruffalo had talked about the Marvel movie being a non-classical road flick similar to that of the 80s film Midnight Run, according to the Inquisitr, that does propose an idea of its uniqueness.
The Thor: Ragnarok movie is slated for November 3, 2017.
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