9:45 pm EDT, October 15, 2015

Mark Ruffalo confirmed to co-star as the Hulk in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

A recent rumor suggested that Mark Ruffalo would be appearing as the Hulk in the third Thor film titled Thor: Ragnarok. Now a new report has confirmed Hulk will co-star with Chris Hemsworth in Thor 3.

Deadline reports that Marvel is nearing a deal with Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo, who will be co-star in Thor: Ragnarok, which should lead to a very interesting storyline in Thor’s third film starring Chris Hemsworth.

The film will be mainly taking place on a “distant planet” that won’t be near Asgard or Earth, so we’re guessing this could open the storylines up to Planet Hulk’s comic book story. Thor and the Hulk together will definitely be an interesting combo, and it’ll be great to have Loki back in the films since it’ll be a few years since he’s been involved by the time Ragnarok hits theaters.

Related: Thor: Ragnarok will introduce two new female superheroes

Director Taika Waititi has reportedly signed on to direct Thor 3 recently, which is certainly a unique choice considering Waititi isn’t a name we’d been hearing much about, but Marvel is known for choosing surprisingly talented directors, and it’s exciting to learn that Mark Ruffalo will be joining Chris Hemsworth in the third Thor film.

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If you’re unfamiliar with Taika Waititi, he is a veteran TV director, having directed episodes from Flight of the Conchords, The Inbetweeners, and more recently What We Do in the Shadows.

Thor: Ragnarok’s plot is still a bit of a mystery, considering we don’t know where all the Avengers will be once the film hits theaters, but the story is reportedly about a world-ending event that will obviously now involve the Hulk.

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During the end of the final battle sequence in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, we saw the Hulk in a spaceship where Scarlett Johansson tries to talk him into turning off his cloaking mechanism so they can track him, but he turned the screen off and flew away. This leads well into him showing up in Thor: Ragnarok, away from Earth.

This will be the final film before Avengers: Infinity War Part 1, which means it should include quite a bit of the overall story as we head into the final two Avengers’ films. We look forward to finding out how the Hulk will be involved in Thor: Ragnarok’s story.

Thor: Ragnarok will be released in theaters on November 3, 2017.

Source: Deadline

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