By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
Marvel Studios has come a long way from single standalone movies with hints to other films, to major characters sharing the screen and developing complicated relationships with each other. Not long ago it was exciting just to see Agent Coulson show up in Iron Man and Thor, whereas now we’ve already had everyone meet up in two Avengers films. Three if you count Captain America: Civil War.
As we continue along Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it seems that the new normal for the standalone movies is pairing up the title hero with another Avenger. Thor: Ragnarok will see Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk co-star with Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, and for a long time it has been rumored we’ll see the live action adaptation of the Planet Hulk storyline that takes place on a world called Sakaar.
In an article with Taika Waititi over at Total Film, the director has finally confirmed that we’ll indeed be seeing the planet in Thor: Ragnarok. Here’s what he said:
“Sakaar was just an insane, far-off, futuristic place which was the biggest shift for the film and these characters…I was really excited when Kevin [Feige] and the rest of Marvel jumped on board with the idea to use [Jack] Kirby as a big influence in the design of the film. What’s really hard is staying authentic.”
Up until now, there have been ample hints that they would be adapting some of Planet Hulk for Ragnarok. Hulk’s gladiatorial armor has already been revealed this past summer, while Thor’s new costume has a very Roman gladiator look to it as well.
Possible Thor: Ragnarok spoilers beyond this point!
Even though it sounds like they’re trying to be as true to the aesthetic of the comic book storyline there are also going to be some major differences. For instance Jeff Goldblum will be playing a character called the Grandmaster, who is overseeing the gladiatorial game,s rather than the despotic ruler of Sakaar in the comics named the Red King.
Total Film also notes that Sakaar is where Thor will find Ruffalo’s Hulk who has “made a name for himself as a gladiator,” although it’s unclear how the character ends up there. Last we saw the Hulk was at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, as he was heading off on his own in a Quinjet — which isn’t exactly capable of deep space interstellar travel.
Thor: Ragnarok will premiere in theaters on November 3, 2017.