If you thought Captain America: Civil War wasn’t quite enough Avenger-on-Avenger action, November’s Thor: Ragnarok is taking it up a notch. The official synopsis for the third Thor film from director Taika Waititi reveals that the son of Odin (Chris Hemsworth) will be forced to fight his fellow Avenger, the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), in galactic gladiator combat. Place your bets now!

In Thor: Ragnarok, Thor somehow finds himself lost without his hammer Mjolnir and must return to Asgard to prevent the evil Hela (Cate Blanchett) and Ragnarok — the mythical Norse apocalypse — from destroying his home. But before that, Thor will find Bruce Banner, who has been missing since the end of 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, as a gladiator on an alien planet, in a plot partly inspired by Greg Pak’s 2006 comic book Planet Hulk. Waititi’s Ragnarok will likely reveal what these two have been up to during the cataclysmic events of Captain America: Civil War.

The fight also sounds like a rematch of sorts from their stalemate back in 2012’s The Avengers, when the Hulk was under the influence of Loki’s control.

A new behind-the-scenes photo from Marvel featuring Waititi and Hemsworth (in full Thor gear) also accompanies the synopsis. There’s still no trailer, yet, but there was a hilarious mockumentary from Comic-Con to whet appetites until it premieres.

Check out the official synopsis is below, along with the picture from the set of Thor: Ragnarok.

Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger the Incredible Hulk!

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Here’s Waititi directing the almighty Thor and his almighty biceps.

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Thor (Chris Hemsworth) gets direction from 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' filmmaker Taika Waititi.

Thor: Ragnarok will smash into theaters on November 3.

Photos via Slashfilm, Marvel Comics