The Hulk's verbal skills may improve according to 'Thor: Ragnarok' director

By Wade Sheridan  |  Feb. 1, 2016 at 3:03 PM
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PARK CITY, Utah, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has revealed some ongoing talks within Marvel about expanding the Hulk's verbal range.

According to Waititi, Hulk may be able to communicate more in the upcoming Avengers team-up film that brings together Chris Hemsworth's god of thunder Thor, and Mark Ruffalo's giant transforming Bruce Banner.

After Ruffalo recently teased a more conscious Hulk for the film, Waititi explained to HitFix during the Sundance Film Festival that "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," he continued. "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 director also revealed that Thor's mischievous brother Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston would be making his return in the film. " "He's such a big part of it," he said. "And he's such a great part of it. My focus really is making sure that Thor is the best character, though. He's got to be. And it should be that way."

In January, Ruffalo referred to Thor:Ragnarok as a "universal road movie," comparing it to Charles Grodin's and Robert De Niro's Midnight Run.

Thor: Ragnarok is due out in theaters Oct. 27, 2017.

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