June 1, 2016
'Thor 3' Could Feature 'Planet Hulk' Armor Along With Pieces Of 'World War Hulk' And 'Planet Hulk' Within 'Ragnarok' Storyline

Thor 3 is giving fans what they want by bringing back the two Avengers inexplicably missing from Captain America: Civil War. They will instead both show up in Thor: Ragnarok in late 2017 for a space-based, interplanetary buddy movie. The best thing yet revealed about the film is that Hulk might wear his Planet Hulk armor. He wore it in the comics when he became a gladiator on another planet, but then still kept it when he returned to Earth in a fury during World War Hulk.

In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Hulk became more and more out of control. By the movie's end, he was sent off. It's similar to how Planet Hulk played out in the comics, except that he was expelled from Earth by the Illuminati in conjunction with Nick Fury, whereas in the movie, he sent himself away. In the Planet Hulk story, as in Age of Ultron, Iron Man fought the Hulk with his Hulkbuster armor. Since that has already happened in the movies, and Iron Man's next appearance will be in Spider-Man: Homecoming, it probably won't be repeated in Thor: Ragnarok.

Thor was not a part of Planet Hulk or its follow up World War Hulk. In the Planet Hulk animated movie, Thor's look-alike adversary turned friend Beta Ray Bill appeared and had to fight the Hulk in a gladiator battle. Maybe Thor will play that role in the live movie version. But since Ragnarok is the big opponent, not the Red King or the Illuminati, Marvel Studios is likely putting together a combination of Hulk's most beloved storyline and Thor's most tricky opponents. Not only will Ragnarok show up, but Thor 3 will also feature the villainous goddess Hela. No wonder Thor will need Hulk by his side. He wouldn't otherwise stand a chance.

And just when you thought Ragnarok couldn't get any bigger, it's bursting at the seams with heavyweight characters, not the least of which is the Grandmaster. As ComicBook reports, Jeff Goldblum will play the role after his Independence Day: Resurgence sequel duties. The Grandmaster is the brother to the Collector, who was featured at the end of Thor: The Dark World and in the main storyline of Guardians of the Galaxy. The difference is that the Grandmaster doesn't collect things, he plays the universe like a game. He toys with reality. If the Hulk and Thor can't get it done, then the Grandmaster is perhaps the only other option, if he ever feels it's necessary to help.

Thor: Ragnarok will have Taika Waititi as its director. He plans to make this Thor funnier than the previous two, which were relatively light on humor compared to other Marvel Studios movies. The first Thor was directed by highly decorated Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets actor and Shakespearean legend, Kenneth Branagh. For Thor: The Dark World Marvel chose Alan Taylor, who had most of his success in TV directing. The Thor movies thus far have brought in decent box office income for Marvel, but still fall short in critical reviews. Hopefully, with the added humor and bolstered cast, Thor 3 can push the franchise to its full potential.

One character rumored to meet his demise in this film is Heimdall. As Cinema Blend reports, the character is portrayed by Idris Elba, who has made comments in the past that indicate he didn't really enjoy making Thor 2. Though Heimdall is a character central to Thor's mythology, Idris Elba will appear as the main villain in Star Wars Beyond and probably has bigger dreams for his career than Marvel can fulfill. Despite his death, in Thor 3 he should get more screen time and a role more central to the film than in the previous two movies.

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