Published On: Thu, Dec 22nd, 2016

‘Thor Ragnarok’: Director Taika Waititi talks ‘Planet Hulk’ connections, Sakaar

Earlier this year at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel unveiled props from Thor: Ragnarok in the form of “gladiator Hulk armor” pieces, confirming that a portion of the storyline would be an infusion of Planet Hulk. Now, director Taika Waititi has revealed another major piece from the well-known comic book storyline.

In the latest issue of Total Film (photographed by MCU Exchange), the filmmaker said Sakaar, the titular Planet Hulk, will be featured in the film.

“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.”

In Planet Hulk, Bruce Banner’s alter-ego found himself on Sakaar when it was ruled by a corrupt empire led by the Red King, whose forces subsequently captured Hulk and made him into a gladiator in the Imperial Arena.

S.H.I.E.L.D. had planned to shoot Hulk off into space to a lush, uninhabited planet, but his ship got sucked into a wormhole, leading him instead to Sakaar. Perhaps the same will befall Mark Ruffalo’s Banner.

Total Film notes that Sakaar will be where Thor reunites with Hulk, who has “made a name for himself as a gladiator.”

Ragnarok also stars Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster, which seems like a likely replacement for the Red King in this scenario. Cate Blanchett (Hela), Karl Urban (Skurge), and Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie) join returning cast of Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Anthony Hopkins (Odin), and Idris Elba (Heimdall).

Just like the mid-credits scene from Ant-Man was connected to/lifted from from Captain America: Civil War, it seems fair to assume this was done for Doctor Strange, which confirms Benedict Cumberbatch will appear in Ragnarok.

Thor: Ragnarok is scheduled for release on November 3, 2017.

Will fans get to see a “Planet Hulk” in the new Thor film?




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