There are some superhero friendships that just stick in your mind. Steve/Bucky, Tony/Bruce and Clint/Natasha are all significant relationships which play a major role in the lives of each character.
Up until now, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) have arguably appeared as acquaintances rather than friends, with their interactions being severely limited compared to those around them.
That’s all set to change however, as Thor: Ragnarok sees the unlikely pair forming a team and, as a result, becoming closer than ever before.
Both characters have been absent from our screens since Age of Ultron in 2015, and so we are beyond excited to find out what two of our favourite Avengers have been up to.
We’ve taken a look at Thor/Hulk’s history across the franchise so far, from punches to fist bumps, as well as their bromantic potential in future instalments.
Avengers Assemble (2012)
With all of the Avengers being introduced within a short period of time, there’s not much room for Thor and Hulk’s friendship to blossom in our first official outing with the team. However, early encounters don’t offer much in the way of optimism, given that very few friendships evolve from fights as intense as this.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Bruce was preoccupied by his blossoming relationship with Natasha/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) for most of the film, whilst Thor was undertaking a solo quest following the vision planted in his mind by Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen).
On the plus side there is no fight between them this time around, which surely counts as a win? There is definitely room for Thor to be more sensitive to Hulk's inner turmoil though.
Team Thor (2016)
Neither Bruce or Thor was invited to be a part of Civil War, in spite of the already impressive superhero line-up.
In the following short parody first played to audiences at San Diego Comic Con, it is revealed that Thor has in fact been living in Australia with a new roommate.
In amongst his research and attempts to reunite Steve and Tony through the magic of email, we find out that Thor has been making time for coffee catch-ups with Bruce! When he’s not distracted by phone calls from Tony, that is.
As the two most glaring omissions from Civil War, it just feels right that these two had each other to fall back on.
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
From the moment Thor first sees the Hulk in the arena, we’re struck by how much their friendship has grown.
Yes, it could just be that Thor was in desperate need of a familiar face, but from the trailer alone we can see how well the two get along now. Even if Thor does feel the need to exaggerate his own strength when competing with the Hulk, it looks as though Bruce may be just what he needs to defeat goddess of death Hela (Cate Blanchett).
Given that Hulk now possesses a limited vocabulary, Thor is now the first of the Avengers able to hold a two-sided conversation with Hulk as well as Banner. Like we said: bromance.
With everything they’re set to go through in Thor: Ragnarok, we’d like to believe that Banner and Thor’s friendship will be stronger than ever.
Stars Hemsworth and Ruffalo seem to have an equally delightful friendship off-screen, and it would be a shame if this were to be pushed aside following their reunion with the rest of the team in Infinity War next year.
What are your thoughts on the budding bromance between Hulk and Thor? Tweet us @Cineworld and don’t miss your chance to experience it on the big screen as Thor: Ragnarok hits our screens on 27th October.