Mark Ruffalo: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Sets Up 'New Ground' For HULK/Banner Relationship
Seemingly adding credibility to recent spoilers regarding the character's fate in The Avengers sequel, Mark Ruffalo reiterates what's needed for the Incredible Hulk to go solo again, and more.
While still making rounds for his new film, Begin Again, Mark Ruffalo also talked with Indiewire about his return to Bruce Banner/Incredible Hulk in next year's Avengers: Age of Ultron, and where he'd like to take the character afterwards. Possibly confirming recent rumors that indicate where the Jade Giant will likely end up before The Avengers 3, Ruffalo was asked if he was dying to do a new standalone film. The actor also says he wants to be the "leading edge" of motion-capture.
"If we could find a story that's compelling enough to hold people's interest for the two hours -- that is essential," he reiterated. "It's a tough nut to crack and I see it as a tough nut to crack. I think it's tougher than the other superheroes because you have a guy who essentially doesn't want to be there doing the thing that you want him to do more than anything. So it can be frustrating as an audience member. It could become a little mirthless. I think that Joss [Whedon] is trying to set it up enough so that we can strike out new ground on that relationship. With the new technology there's a lot to do in Hulk-land that we haven't done yet that is really exciting. So you could have a balance of the two. And I've been finding this relationship between Banner and the Hulk and Hulk and Banner is equally compelling -- it's been explored in the comics, but never in the movies. It's always been Banner's relationship to this sort of lump, this unknowable very two-dimensional thing. But there's also something really interesting about Hulk's relationship with Banner. The only thing that scares Hulk is Banner. It's not some bigger, scarier, huger thing -- it's this frail man. And it terrifies him and it angers him. It's such an interesting relationship that no one has cracked. I feel like that would be an interesting place for us to go. That might hold people's attention." Be sure to read the full interview with Mark Ruffalo over at Indiewire where he talks mo-cap. What do you think?
Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Cobie Smulders Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, with Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, and James Spader. The film is set for release on May 1, 2015.
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