Marvel really does know how to keep things fresh.
After Captain America: Civil War bucked the city-destroying trend to spotlight personal relationships as its central spectacle, the promises teased by the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok are nothing short of utterly tantalising.
"It's an intergalactic buddy road movie with Banner and Thor," Mark Ruffalo told Entertainment Tonight, though he clarified that there would be plenty of screentime for his big, green alter ego. "I think it will be smashing. You'll see a lot more Hulk... the Hulk gets Hulk-ier. The Hulk Hulks out. Hulk-ier and bigger."
Which, perhaps, isn't of great surprise with What We Do in the Shadows' director Taika Waititi on board; whose other buddy road movie Hunt for the Wilderpeople, starring Sam Neill and newcomer Julian Dennison, gets its UK premiere at the upcoming Edinburgh International Film Festival.
To add to all that intrigue, Marvel recently confirmed both Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth will indeed be joined by the rumoured Cate Blanchett, playing the villainous Hela (otherwise known as The Death Queen). "She plays the worst of the worst. So evil," Ruffalo said. "She is going to kill us. It's such a great part she gets to play."
On top of returning cast members Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Idris Elba (Heimdall), and Sir Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Ragnarok will feature the talents of Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, and Karl Urban as Skurge.
Thor: Ragnarok is set to start production in July, and will hit UK cinemas 27 October 2017.
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