'Thor 3' Will Likely Transform Hulk And Increase His Brainpower Before 'Infinity War'

Colin Fredericson

Thor 3 will take blooming best buds Thor and Hulk on a space adventure. Thor 3, officially titled Thor: Ragnarok, is going to sweeten the fortunes of Marvel's least successful solo movie characters by teaming them up. Both characters have performed better in Marvel movies when alongside other Avengers. But Thor 3 director Taika Waititi has plans to thrust Hulk into a storyline that will carry him through both Avengers: Infinity War movies.

As usual, Marvel Studios has yet to reveal anything specific. According to HitFix, Waititi indicated that producers are still pondering how to empower Hulk in new ways. Interviews with Waititi point to a more intelligent Hulk. In comics, Hulk isn't always the brute savage that beats anything that moves. He's managed to calm down and maintain his intelligence while in Hulk form in some of his comics storylines. It would only be natural that some variation of that occur in movies, since a smarter Hulk can be a better good guy, and can work together in a more controlled manner with his Avengers teammates.

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If Thor: Ragnarok is going to have the sense of humor that a director like Waititi could possibly give it, then it makes sense for Hulk to start speaking and telling jokes in Hulk form, and not be limited to just physical humor. But with Hulk's huge presence positively confirmed, some other residents of Asgard are unsure of their return. The Warriors Three, Thor's Asgardian brethren, might not be present. At least Volstagg has confirmed that a return is questionable.

Ray Stevenson, the actor who played Volstagg in Thor's previous two adventures, told Reel Film News his doubts.

"Until you [as the actor] sign the dotted line or know that it's actually a reality, it's up to the 'powers that be' to decide if your character is right for the story [of the new film]...At this point, I don't know."

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The only Marvel movie between Thor 3 and Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1 is Black Panther. But Black Panther was stated to be an origin story, so it's not yet known how it will connect into Infinity War. If the story consists of Black Panther recollecting his past while in the present, then it could safely follow Thor 3 without breaking MCU continuity.

Thor 3 will probably make Thor cool again, but not until November 3, 2017.

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