Just how in the world did the Hulk end up in Thor: Ragnarok? There could have been a dozen other ways Hulk could have continued on in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and yet, they chose to send him over to Thor.
Speaking with Screen Rant, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige explained why they chose to adapt Planet Hulk for the flick:
“Because when we were thinking about what other Marvel players to bring into Thor’s story, which was important to us, it was important to Chris [Hemsworth], he had looked and seen Captain America get Black Widow and Iron Man, and all of these other players and he goes, “Mate, who’s coming into my movies?” And as we were thinking about that, number one, with Thor, more so than any of the other players, he’s got an amazing cast of characters in his books. So certainly, one of your questions about Sif, I’m jokingly pushing aside, but really it was we wanted to see Valkyrie in this movie. We wanted to introduce Hela in this movie, and there’s Balder and there’s Beta Ray Bill and there’s still people we haven’t done yet because he’s got such a great cast of characters. But in terms of other Marvel characters we kept thinking about how fun it would be if we took our two most heroic, most powerful characters, Thor and Hulk. Pit them against each other, but also play the humor and the fish out of water humor between Thor and Banner. And that lead us to, maybe that plane at the end of Ultron did go into space, and maybe this is a chance to see Gladiator Hulk.”
It all certainly makes sense at just about every level. As the films have gone on, the connectivity between the Avengers has gotten more fluid. As such, it’s nice that although Thor is galaxies away, that he’ll actually still be interact with a pretty prominent Avenger. Plus, ever since that first Avengers film, audiences have been wanting to see Hulk play a secondary role in another film.
We think, from the looks of it, it all seems to have worked out.
Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3, 2017.
SOURCE: Screen Rant