Thor: Ragnarok spoilers follow.
The last time that Hulk and Thor were seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – with the exception of the post-credits scene in Doctor Strange, which actually takes place during the events of Thor: Ragnarok – was in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Thor: Ragnarok confirmed that two years have passed since then. We’ve already discussed what Thor got into during those intervening two years, but what about the Hulk?
As Kevin Feige explained previously, Marvel Studios actually slightly retconned the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron to accommodate the fact that Hulk would be a part of Thor: Ragnarok. Where the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron was meant to imply that the Quinjet the Hulk had stolen did not break orbit, but Thor: Ragnarok reveals that the ship did indeed leave for outer space and eventually crash-landed on the planet Sakaar, ruled by the Grandmaster, where Hulk quickly became Grandmaster’s prized champion in the arena.
For the entire two years since leaving earth, the Hulk has been in total control of Bruce Banner’s body. When Banner eventually reemerges during Thor: Ragnarok, he tells Thor that the experience has been different than before. In the past, he and the Hulk have shared control, each with a hand on the wheel. Since leaving Earth, the Hulk took total control, locking banner “in the trunk.” Banner feared that if he transformed into the Hulk again he would never turn back, but he does just that to help save the Asgardians and, by the end of the movie, it's still the Hulk standing next to Thor on the throne.
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Thor: Ragnarok opens is in theaters now. Other upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movies include Black Panther on February 16, 2018, Avengers: Infinity War on May 4, 2018, Ant-Man and the Wasp on July 6, 2018, Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019, the fourth Avengers movie on May 3, 2019, the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 5, 2019, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in 2020.