It’s a safe bet Hulk will smash when he appears in Thor: Ragnarok, but how much will Marvel’s big green guy talk in the upcoming sequel?
Ragnarok director Taika Waititi spoke with HitFix about that very subject, discussing whether the Hulk will make the jump to fully conversational or still pipe in only via a few words at a time, as he did in one of The Avengers‘ most memorable scenes.
“I think a lot of those conversations have more to do with what’s going to come up in future movies,” Waititi said to HitFix. “So I think a lot of those decisions are larger group decisions, rather than anything to do with just me or the writer.”
Throughout his comic book and animated history, the Hulk has been depicted with various degrees of speaking ability, though the Marvel CInematic Universe so far has depicted the character with a relatively slim vocabulary. But there is room for the character to expand, and even though Waititi explains that decision isn’t his alone, the What We Do in the Shadows director certainly wants to push the Hulk into a somewhat more talkative state.
“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,” he said.
And fun looks to be one of the key words going into the third Thor film, as Waititi has said he has plans to make Ragnarok funnier than its predecessor, Thor: The Dark World. And while Waititi clarified that it won’t be a “crazy comedy,” he insisted humor is “definitely my strength and that’s what they were looking for when they approached me. So, I think that is the thing I can bring to it to give it a different spin and freshen it up a bit.”
For more from Waititi on striking the right balance of Loki and Thor in the film, as well as making the jump from working as an independent director to working within Marvel, read HitFix’s full interview with Waititi. Thor: Ragnarok will hit theaters on Nov. 3, 2017.