The Hulk himself Mark Ruffalo celebrates his final days on set of Thor: Ragnarok with some fun-filled photos. Read more after the jump.
Captain America: Civil War has arguable been the most successful superhero movie this year. Suicide Squad looks like it may be following in Batman v Superman’s footsteps by dividing fans and critics down the middle. Civil War may not have had the most shock and awe, but it ended up being a solid addition to the Marvel Universe. As a result there’s a lot of pressure on Thor: Ragnarok to dazzle us with a Hulk and Thor buddy story for the ages. The only two avengers who didn’t turn up in Civil War will be palling around the realms to save Asgard from certain doom. There are still a lot of mysteries surrounding the plot, particularly how big a role the Planet Hulk story components will play. What seems to be clear is that filming has been a whole mess of fun, especially according to Mark Ruffalo’s recent social media rampage.
The news from Screenrant is that the Hulk himself took to social media to declare he was done filming on Thor: Ragnarok. This was surprising news considering that filming has only been going on for about a month. There are still a good few months of filming left to go before the director Taika Waititi calls cut. Does that mean Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner plays a smaller role in Thor: Ragnarok? If so, hopefully there’s more than enough Hulk to go around.
It definitely looks like everyone had fun with Mark Ruffalo on set. With Waititi directing that was bound to be the case, and there have already been suggestions the film will be light-hearted. Let’s hope we get more snaps from the set soon.
Thor: Ragnarok hits theatres on November 3, 2017. Watch this space for all the latest Thor: Ragnarok movie news.
Hulk’s role in Thor: Ragnarok could finally introduce the Planet Hulk storyline to the Marvel Cinematic Universe…or not.
Here at Spaghetti Red we’re not huge fans of baseless rumours. Oh sure, it’s fun to let yourself believe that they’ll do a Thundercats/ He-Man cross-over movie, or that Quentin Tarantino is taking on Shakespeare’s As You Like It. But that’s not news, and we wouldn’t waste your time with it. That being said, we’re also huge fans of The Incredible Hulk, so any rumour to do with him may be given a little more wiggle room on the site. Given that Hulk is one of the more enigmatic characters in the MCU, it happens a fair bit. So there’s this rumour going around about Planet Hulk‘s involvement in Thor: Ragnarok. It’s probably got a lot of holes, but we like it and we’re going to speculate on it at length. See what you think.
The news from Latino Review is that Thor: Raganarok will finally introduce the concept of Planet Hulk. The storyline of The not-so-jolly green giant travelling to a new planet to become a gladiatorial warrior has been hinted at before. Now the rumours are saying that we’ll finally get to see it in the latest Thor outing.
We already know that Hulk will playing a big part in Thor: Raganrok, although the deails up until now have been sketchy. We’ve heard word that it would be a buddy adventure of sorts, and given the fact that the film was deliberately made less dark this fits in nicely.
But how the heck does Planet Hulk fit into this? An excellent question. Here’s how Latino Review explain it:
In the current script for THOR: RAGNAROK, a portion of the plot will center on Thor (Chris Hemsworth) being banished from Asgard and sent to a neighboring planet where he ends up competing in gladiatorial battles. He handily beats a few intergalactic warriors, and seems a shoe-in to win…until he’s thrown for quite a loop. The overlord of the bouts decides Thor needs to be humbled and destroyed, so he calls upon their champion. And take a nice big guess who walks through those gates to meet Thor in the center of the arena?
The answer is Hulk in case that wasn’t clear.
Notions of a Planet Hulkmovie have been in the air supply for some time. When Thor: The Dark World came out, hints of Planet Hulk characters included in the storyline sparked some of the first rumours. After that, once people got wind that Hulk would end Age of Ultron leaving in a quinjet the rumours started up all over again.
So here we are again, hoping that Mark Ruffalo will take Hulk into the arena so we can enjoy some Hulk-Smashing without the worry of civilian casualties.
Are these rumours baseless? It’s unlikely, but that doesn’t mean that they’re anything to go on. It’s very early in the game to start predicting what the storyline for Thor: Ragnarok will involve. Even if there is some plan to include a story, that could very easily disappear by the time the film comes out. Also, you know, we have no real sources.
Thor: Ragnarok will hit theatres 3rd November 2017.
Watch this space for all the latest Thor: Ragnarok movie news.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Hulk is very much the aloof older brother of the group. Sure he’s there for family gatherings and gets on with everyone, but he’s got his own stuff going on and doesn’t feel the need to draw attention to himself. Since no standalone movies have been announced for the mean green machine in Phase 3, it seemed as though we wouldn’t see the Hulk until the next reunion in the two part Infinity War. But there are growing whispers and evidence that Mark Ruffalo will be making an appearance in Captain America: Civil War. Continue reading Mark Ruffalo Spotted in Berlin – Is Hulk Gonna Show Up in “Civil War”?→
Sometimes JJ Abrahms gets a little stressed and boxed in when he’s working in various Wars and Treks, so when things get a little too much he’ll pack his bags, kiss his house trained pot-bellied pig Tonto goodbye and take a producer gig on a drama. That may sound like just as much work, but there are far fewer fanboys in mainstream drama, which means far fewer millennium falcon dioramas crammed in his letterbox. Hey, did you notice how it’s called the Millennium Falcon but you don’t see any actual falcons in the films? Food for thought.
But Abrahms doesn’t want to leave the fanboys to far behind him, so the drama he’s currently producing is Infinitely Polar Bear, starring Marvel stars Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana. So the deal with this project is that Ruffalo is a husband and father who chooses to abandon his bipolar disorder medication and tackle his intensive moods alone. In the process his wife played by Saldana leaves and the film ultimately centers around Ruffalo trying to overcome his own mind whilst forming a stronger bond with his children. We have a trailer for you, courtesy of Empire News, so check it out below:
This film looks to have quite a refreshing sensibility. Often characters with conditions like Bipolar disorder are kept in the supporting circles, maybe for a surprise third act dramatic turn. So it’s refreshing to see the disorder looked at with greater depth and consideration.
Infinitely Polar Bear has a limited US release set for June 9, and should be appearing nationwide after that.
It’s fair to say that last week was officially the week of Ant-Man, as we received magazine covers, art work, teaser trailers and then the premièring of an official trailer. But just in case you’re not a huge fan of the super strong shrinking man, you’ll be happy to know that this week Avengers: Age of Ultron is officially riding shotgun again. Of course if you don’t like Marvel movies at all, then I really don’t know what to tell you.
Following on from the first trailer we got last year, Slashfilm reported a follow up that was released yesterday. It’s a little shorter than the first, but it packs a lot into 100 seconds. Along with some more demos of Ultron’s army, his firepower and his smouldering, sexy voice (what?), we get some extended looks at the fight between Hulk and Tony Stark’s Hulkbuster – not to mention some peculiar medical experiments? Have a look for yourself, courtesy of Marvel:
How mnay times did you pause that one? In a nutshell, this second trailer goes for action and fast paced spectacle (Thor shoots hella lightening) instead of revealing anything more about the plot or any characters that we didn’t see in the first trailer e.g. Vision. So with this trailer we get an action rush but we really don’t have anything more than what we had last year with the first trailer. But then again I’d rather be surprised and blown away by the film itself than by a trailer.
Between all of the phases we have seen in Marvel’s universe and the 10 or so Marvel Studios movies we will be seeing in the next few years, it seems as though every hero with movie potential has been accounted for and is being accommodated into the ongoing continuity. But as can be the the case when parents have a large number of children, sometimes kids can be left out or forgotten from time to time. In the Marvel family, that child is The Incredible Hulk. Sure, he’s one of the older kids and he developed early, but one too many slip-ups and he’s just not a priority anymore when you’re picking where everyone’s going out to eat on Sunday night. Nowadays, the not-so-jolly green giant is one of the only characters in the Marvel Universe who has been deliberately demoted to an ensemble player.
To be fair, Hulk has had his fair share of chances. First there was Ang Lee’s Hulk, which with perfect hindsight was never going to work in the current continuity – if only for it’s soft and at times quiet intensity. There were teasers and posters and famous actors galore but in the end it didn’t wow the kids, and that matters. So Hulk peaked too soon, so what? That sort of thing can easily be remedied with a reboot. Dump damaged Eric Bana and morose Jennifer Connelly and give us Edward Norton and…Liv Tyler, as a physicist? Really? Ok, whatever. Well Louis Leterrier was directing with a few Transporter films under his belt, so balls-out action wouldn’t be a problem. No, the problem was once again timing. The Incredible Hulk hit theatres a month after Iron Man. In a direct comparison – and be honest, how could there not be in such a small time span? – Hulk just couldn’t cut it. Also, Liv Tyler was supposed to be a physicist. Just saying, it’s weird.
So we have one Hulk film that went for critical acclaim and lost popular appeal, and a second film that opted for action and lost to Iron Man. The continuity for the reboot could have been salvaged if talks hadn’t broken down with Norton. Don’t get me wrong, Mark Ruffalo is an impeccable Banner, but where does that leave our favourite gamma-giant?
Looking back on it, it’s not hard to see why Marvel would be more than a little gun-shy with the Hulk property. Whether they like it or not, a Hulk movie would always be in direct comparison with another Marvel movie a few months before or after. Well we know for a fact that the risk isn’t planned for the next four or five years since Hulk didn’t make an appearance in the run-down of upcoming Marvel films. The question becomes, is it worth taking the risk again in the future?
There is a lot more working in Hulk’s favour now. For one, we have the makings of a Robert Downey Jr. factor with Mark Ruffalo. Say what you will about the popularity of Iron Man, if an actor even 10% less charismatic than Downey was wearing the suit then the glaring flaws in Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3 may not have been so compassionately overlooked. The character is as popular as the actor, and that balance is what we could see in mark Ruffalo. Sure, he was a little quiet at times in The Avengers, but he got his hands dirty when it was needed and a fair few scenes were based entirely around him. When you compare how much attention and plot was shared out between Hulk and, say, Thor, it’s pretty even – maybe even a little more for Hulk.
And everyone loved Ruffalo as Banner, in many ways because is anti-Iron Man. A soft spoken, fidgety, unstable man with unmatchable power that is completely out of his control – a destroyer to Stark’s creator. So what we see happening is a bedrock being established that may not have as much money, love or attention behind it from Marvel as Iron Man does, but whether intended or not there’s a popularity that’s getting some muscle to it.
So a Ruffalo/Hulk film is definitely something that the audience wants to see. the question becomes how feasible it is. For one, expectations from story-lines are not what they used to be, back in the day, you could just have a dude with superpowers figuring stuff out and end it with a huge testosterone-charged fight. But with more films comes more variations, and with more variations comes more expectations for something new and daring. Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy have a similar team-up premise, but could they be more structurally different? And despite being the classic action hero, Captain America: The Winter Soldier was as much an espionage film as an action flick. Bottom line, you can pick any number of early Hulk story-lines and throw a dart at one and you’ll come up with a big green dude not wanting to be a big green dude and fighting against another big green dude. Or a green dude with a big head. And as much as we’d like to see a Planet Hulk film, what are the chances without a heck of a lot more foundation that just isn’t there?
Maybe it’s stupidly simple. Maybe it’s just Hulk’s affiliation with war and the justification of wild violence that Marvel just doesn’t want to probe to closely – unless he’s a cartoon where it’s easier to write off destruction. The phrase “today’s political climate” is one that I’d like to punch repeatedly in the face, but it’s something that a big studio has to have a ten minute conversation about every month. So is Hulk only a hero when he’s around other heroes who can point him in the right direction and tell him what to smash?
Bottom line, Hulk is the kid that Marvel just can’t deal with right now. They have to make sure that the more well behaved kids are eating right and have the support they need to get onto college. Once all the other kids have flown the nest and can make it on their own, then they can turn their attention to Hulk. Maybe by that point the landscape will be more accepting of alternative, darker story-lines in the Marvel continuity. It’s definitely going in that direction, so perhaps 7 or 8 years down the line, we’ll want to see banner when he’s angry.
It’s pretty common to get an advanced warning that a trailer is going to be released, usually in tandem with a film release or a new TV show in the same vein (any chance of either of these Ant-Man?). It’s even more common for superhero movies. But it’s a little less ordinary for us to get a trailer that announces the release of another trailer. While we were expecting Ant-Man to be the next Marvel installment to get a trailer, it seems more likely that given its summer blockbuster they’ll wait until a closer to the season to get that momentym going. So what do we have instead? It’s an Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer…trailer. It’s only 16 seconds long, although given that the video its announcing will only be a few minutes then it sort of makes sense. But it does reveal the release date of the next trailer on Januray 12th – which will definitely be a “trailer” trailer and not a trailer-trailer like this trailer-trailer…my head hurts. Don’t expect any footage, as this isn’t really a teaser, more of a spot. Check it out, courtesy of Screenrant:
So…yeah. There’s not much to really say about this since nothing is revealed apart from the January 12th release of the next trailer. But that in itself is enough to make this newsworthy. Considering all of the reveals that we got with the first trailer, it would have been reasonable enough to assume that that would have been the end of the trailers and we would have TV spots alone leading up to the big day. But the fact that we have another trailer coming means that there must be more to reveal. Will we see more of Iron Man’s hulk-buster armour? An invading army of Ultrons? Or maybe another slicing James Spader monologue. The first trailer focussed a lot on Tony Stark feeling a little down on himself for the whole Ultron thing, so hopefully we’ll see more of the other avengers and the complex emotions that they’re going through. Or instead of that we could see Vision…yeah, that would be way cooler. Definitely the best trailer-trailer of 2015 so far.
What do you want to see in the new Age of Ultron trailer?
With the teaser still getting hit after hit and the official site up and running, you’d think we’d be content with all we’re getting in anticipation of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Well, you’d be wrong! So it’s a good thing that some behind the scenes footage has been included in the Guardians of the Galaxy DVD of some behind the scenes footage for the superhero sequel. Just click on the link for a snippet of what you can see, as included on the Guardians Facebook page:
Now it’s unlikely that we’ll be seeing extra finished footage any time soon, or at least until the full trailer appears. But this is a nice little addition to what we have so far. With a few words from director Joss Whedon and other crew members, it’s a good reason to buy the Guardians DVD – that and the fantastic feature film itself!
After its record for most viewed trailer of 2014 being blitzed by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it’s no surprise that Avengers: Age Of Ultron is looking to gain back some of its hype. Well an Official Website can go some way to doing that. Well, I mean a full fifteen minutes of unseen footage could do the job a lot better, but hey I’m not greedy.
The site is really an offshoot of the Marvel website, so most of the links for videos, games and characters will take you out of Avengers territory and into general marvel-land. The teaser is up on the site, along with a decent enough synopsis for the film. It reads as follows:
Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, the epic follow-up to the biggest super-hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
Arguably the best new material that appears on the site is the soundtrack sample that plays in the background. It’s a far-cry from the Alan Silvestri orchestral flurries of Avengers Assemble , and is a handy nod to the techno-thriller edge of the sequel.
So what do you think of the site? What would you like to see on it next?