Mark Ruffalo is all set to make an appearance as the green smasher Hulk in Marvel Cinematic Universe's "Thor: Ragnarok" alongside Chris Hemsworth, who plays the titular character.
The movie will be directed by "What We Do in the Shadows" director Taika Waititi and is scheduled to be released on 23 November, 2017. The plot of the movie is yet to be revealed.
As reported by Entertainment Weekly, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said that the movie will be a major game-changer for the character of Hulk.
"Ragnarok is a very important word, which means essentially 'the end of all things.' It's a very important movie for us in our Phase 3 time-line, changing everything that comes after it," he said.
Feige also confirmed that Tom Hiddleston would be reprising the role of iconic antagonist Loki in the movie.
"Thor: Ragnarok" will pick up immediately after the events of "Avengers: Age of Ultron", which featured Thor witnessing an apocalyptic vision in a cave.
Hulk was last seen in "Age of Ultron", where he flew in Avengers' Quinjet into an unknown location. He was not mentioned afterwards in the movie and no information was given regarding his whereabouts.
Ruffalo has expressed his interest to play Hulk and his alter ego Bruce Banner whenever possible. Robert Downey Jr. persuaded him to make a cameo in the post-credits of "Iron Man 3" when they were at the backstage at the Oscars 2013.
However, it seems a standalone Hulk movie will not see the light of the day soon due to the not-so-well performance of Ang Lee's 2003 "Hulk", starring Eric Bana, and Louis Leterrier's 2008 "The Incredible Hulk", which starred Edward Norton.
Since 2012, Ruffalo has been playing Hulk, who appeared for the first time in "The Avengers". Since then, fans have been asking for a solo movie of Hulk. However, Ruffalo said that there are a number of obstacles in doing a Hulk-only movie.
In a previous interview to Entertainment Weekly, he said: "It's a particularly hard character to make a movie about, because he doesn't want to be there, generally. He doesn't want to do the very thing that you want him to do. So it gets a little frustrating as an audience, and there's only so much of that."
Ruffalo also said that a Hulk movie will be difficult due to the right issues with Universal Pictures that made the previous two movies.