The new trailer for Thor: Ragnarok released at Comic-Con International was packed with crowd-pleasing moments, from gun-toting gods of thunder and mischief to the reveals of Fenris Wolf and Surtur. But one of the biggest moments is reserved for the end, where Thor and the Incredible Hulk hold an actual conversation.
That's right, no more "Hulk smash!" but instead, "Yeah, same. Hulk like fire, Thor like water." OK, it's not exactly Shakespeare, but the point is, Hulk is talking in sentences, even if it's like "a 2-year-old." But why, and why now?
"I was always fascinated by the duality of Hulk and Banner, and seeing how their brains could be interconnected," director Taika Waititi told IGN at Comic-Con International. "Could we sometimes see Hulk and could we have a bit of Banner's voice in there? Could we see Banner and have Hulk's personality through there? And I think in this film we're going to see that for the first time, where the two are fighting -- really fighting this time -- for control of the body. And Hulk talking, this idea of a more cognitive Hulk who can say sentences -- that obviously has existed in the comics, but I think it's something the fans want to finally see. [...] It's exactly what fans want to see, and what I wanted to see too."
The film, which incorporates elements from Marvel Comics' popular "Planet Hulk" storyline, finds Chris Hemsworth's Thor banished to the barbaric world Sakaar, where he's pitted against his fellow Avenger the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in a deadly gladiatorial contest. Facing a ticking clock, the thunder god must fight his way back home in time to stop Hela (Cate Blanchett) from destroying Asgard.
Arriving Nov. 3, Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Karl Urban as Skurge, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/the Hulk and Anthony Hopkins as Odin.