The director of Thor's next adventure is hinting that the God of Thunder's new bestie the Hulk might have a few more things to say than usual the next time he's on screen.
As we all know now, Thor: Ragnarok will feature the Hulk/Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) joining the Odinson (Chris Hemsworth) on a galactic road trip of sorts as they try to save the entire cosmos from a menace to be named later. While details are just starting to come into focus now, director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) has suggested in an interview with Hitfix that the big green guy might be a bit more loquacious in this outing:
"At the moment, there’s a big conversation that’s happening about how far to push that. Whether or not The Hulk should be (verbal/conscious)...I think a lot of those conversations have more to do with what’s going to come up in future movies. So I think a lot of those decisions are larger group decisions, rather than anything to do with just me or the writer. They have a lot of stuff that they have to consider. But I do think that’s the best way to track it. I think we all want that. I think we all want to see that development and the evolution of that character. I also think you can do it in a fun way."
The Hulk has had a checkered history with speech. Sometimes he has been able to talk and communicate fairly intelligibly in the comics, while at other junctures he's been reduced to grunts and roars. In his four big-screen appearances so far (including the non-Marvel Universe Hulk back in 2003), he's only uttered words once -- when he called Loki a "puny god" in 2012's The Avengers.
But with Mark Ruffalo suggesting recently that we could see the Hulk and Banner sides of his personality begin to merge, it would make sense that the Hulk would start to verbalize more. We don't expect him to start reciting the Gettysburg address or be invited for a TED talk, but it would certainly be an evolution for the character that would add an interesting new wrinkle to him.
Thor: Ragnarok is set for a Nov. 3, 2017, release date. Do you want to hear the Hulk speak? Or should he stick to growls and bellows?