Filming is finally getting underway for Thor: Ragnarok and in addition to the return of the god of thunder, this also means we'll be seeing Mark Ruffalo's Incredible Hulk once again. While we're not sure this is really what the actor looks like when doing his motion capture work for Avengers movies, he certainly appears to be having a fun time with his giant Hulk hands.
You can get pretty far with me by quoting Kermit the Frog, so this post is already entertaining for that alone. Add in Mark Ruffalo and his life-size Hulk arms and it's a good time. If, for any reason, you were curious what the actual scale difference was between Mark Ruffalo and The Incredible Hulk, now you've got it. The only problem is that since Ruffalo's arms aren't long enough, what should simply be the Hulk's forearms actually devour all of Ruffalo's arms nearly to the shoulder.
Via MCU co-star Josh Brolin, we learned recently how embarrassed Mark Ruffalo felt while filming the first Avengers movie. He looked fairly ridiculous as compared to his fellow cast members dressed for motion capture. While he has apparently gotten over that feeling, if these are legitimate props that he needs in order to pull off the Hulk, we can totally understand why creating the character can feel a bit silly. Although, they do look to be a bit more legit that the ones you can buy at the toy store.
Seeing Mark Ruffalo goofing around is hopefully a good sign. One of the major things that Marvel was looking to accomplish with Thor: Ragnarok was to make the movie a little lighter and funnier. Director Taika Waititi, who is quite funny in his own right, was brought in at least partially for this reason. Since the mood on the set seems to be perfect for goofing around, it likely means we'll be getting the best possible performances from the actors from a comedic standpoint.
Of course, exactly how funny Mark Ruffalo will be while covered by CGI green is unclear. While we know that The Incredible Hulk will be a major part of Thor: Ragnarok, exactly how big a part Bruce Banner will be is still less than clear. The movie has been described as basically being the two characters taking a galactic "road trip" together, which is fine, but we're pretty sure that Bruce Banner would get himself killed traveling through the realms like that. We're guessing that Ragnarok will require a lot of CGI work by Ruffalo.
With both Thor: Ragnarok and Spider-Man: Homecoming currently filming, Marvel is running at full speed through the current phase of their storylines. Thor will be the third MCU movie to his screen in 2017, following Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which recently wrapped up its filming. Which one are you most looking forward to?