'Thor: Ragnarok' cast, release date news: Mark Ruffalo thrilled to play Hulk again, says it has space 'to grow'

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Fans of Mark Ruffalo’s portrayal of Dr. Bruce Banner and his alter ego, The Hulk, will be delighted to know that the actor recently confirmed that he will be in “Thor: Ragnarok.” After months of speculation and rumors, the actor finally set the record straight.

In an interview with The Huffington Post during GQ’s The Gentlemen’s Fund Awards in New York City, the 47-year-old actor said that he is excited to return as the superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “I am excited to keep coming back to this role. I see a lot of space for it to grow. I feel like there’s a lot of cool stuff to explore still, especially the relationship between Banner and Hulk. Hopefully, we’ll see the two of them in a scene together. That would be cool,” Ruffalo explained.

Having Bruce Banner and the Hulk in a scene together suggests that the two may be separated from each other. According to Comicbook.com, this was made possible in the animated film “Hulk vs. Thor.” Released in 2009, the movie was written by Christopher Yost and Craig Kyle.

In the animated movie, Loki separates the Hulk from Banner by using Odin’s regenerative sleep. He then sends the green monster rampaging through Asgard to attack Thor knowing full well that the realm’s defense is at its weakest when the All Father slumbers.

As suggested by Comicbook.com, this plot for “Thor: Ragnarok” is possible since Yost and Kyle are also the writers of the upcoming sequel.

Meanwhile, asked if he will continue playing Banner/Hulk, Ruffalo said, “I don’t want to overstay my welcome and I hope I never do. If I do, I’ll be the first one to bow out.”

Scheduled for release on November 3, 2017, pre-production of “Thor: Ragnarok” will begin in January 2016 in Queensland, Australia, while filming will start in June 2016.