Joss Whedon On His Approach To The HULK In THE AVENGERS

Joss Whedon talks about his approach to the Hulk and the other AVENGERS members he'd love to adapt which apparently includes all of them.....except Wonder Man.

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By Mark Julian - 3/6/2012


More from SFX Magazine's chat with Joss Whedon and this time, he's focusing specifically on The Hulk:

QUESTION: This is Marvel’s third shot at bringing the Hulk to the big screen. What did you need to get right?

WHEDON: “So much. A Bruce Banner who’s not obsessed with his own problems. A Hulk who not only feels flesh and blood, but is clearly an extension of Banner himself and not just a CGI thing that roars. A Hulk who feels dangerous, who might actually hurt someone we care about, who belongs in a classic horror film. And much more. He’s the hardest character by far, and ended up being the most fun.”

QUESTION: What does Mark Ruffalo bring to the role of Bruce Banner?

WHEDON: “Mark is such a delightful mensch it’s stupid. His Banner is a bunch of contradictions: graceful and awkward, meek and confident, erudite and working class, funny and sad. And contradictions are what the Banner/Hulk dynamic are all about. Also, Mark kinda looks like the Hulk. So we got to build our Hulk from him.”

QUESTION: We’re missing such classic Avengers characters as the Scarlet Witch and The Vision from this line-up. Are there other Avengers you’d love to bring to the screen?

WHEDON: “A boatload. Pretty much everyone but Wonder Man. I never did figure out what he was for.”

To read more from Whedon order issue 220 of SFX, on sale Wednesday 7 March.





The Avengers is an upcoming American superhero film produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It is the sixth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film is written and directed by Joss Whedon and features an ensemble cast, which includes Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson. In The Avengers, Nick Fury, director of the peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D., recruits Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Captain America to save the world from destruction.

Development of The Avengers began when Marvel Studios received a grant from Merrill Lynch in April 2005. After the success of the film Iron Man in May 2008, Marvel announced that The Avengers would be released in July 2011. With the signing of Scarlett Johansson in March 2009, the film was pushed back for a 2012 release. Whedon was brought on board in April 2010 and rewrote the screenplay that was originally written by Zak Penn. Production began in April 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before moving to Cleveland, Ohio in August 2011 and New York City in September 2011. The film was converted to 3D in post-production.

The Avengers is scheduled for release on May 4, 2012 in the United States in 2D and 3D.









Running Time: Unknown
Release Date: May 4 2012 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG 13 for for intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images, and language
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner, Clark Gregg, Stellan Skarsgård, Mark Ruffalo, Amanda Righetti, Scarlett Johansson and Lou Ferrigno The Incredible Hulk (voice) .
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Written by: Zak Penn (initial screenplay), Joss Whedon (revised screenplay)



Source: SFX Magazine
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Wildaniel - 3/6/2012, 6:47 AM
I hope The Hulk will have actual conversations and not just mumble words, lol.

And there better be more Avengers in future movies!
TheAmarilloBlack - 3/6/2012, 6:48 AM
HEY! Simon Williams played a significant role in early Avengers lore, Whedon! Read a book!

TheAmarilloBlack - 3/6/2012, 6:50 AM


Great battle with Goliath in that one, I own it and still read it from time to time.
AlanWarlock - 3/6/2012, 7:01 AM
Every time I get excited about this movie, Whedon says something to snap me back to reality and remind me that HE wrote and directed it. *Sigh*
dahamma - 3/6/2012, 7:02 AM
Heck yes!! i really like this part

"A Hulk who not only feels flesh and blood, but is clearly an extension of Banner himself and not just a CGI thing that roars."

13echo - 3/6/2012, 7:06 AM
Simon must be blacklisted in Hollywood! He's been trying to break into the movies for years!!!
capMO - 3/6/2012, 7:10 AM
I got faith in you Whedon, do not disappoint me and the rest of the millions of people looking forward to The Avengers, we'll never let you hear the end of it ;)

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chuckg313 - 3/6/2012, 7:12 AM
Like what im hearing
Happy11 - 3/6/2012, 7:12 AM
I'm glad the hulk is getting the attention he deserves but personally I liked the way they portrayed the hulk in the last film
Happy11 - 3/6/2012, 7:15 AM
I hear the running time for the film is 150mins which if correct is fantastic
Happy11 - 3/6/2012, 7:17 AM
I should clarify what I meant when I was talking about the hulk I liked the way he looked I prefer the darker green tone
Kayo - 3/6/2012, 7:20 AM
Whedon's version of HULK is great.
Name - 3/6/2012, 7:21 AM
What are those things on wondermans hips?
blvdnoise - 3/6/2012, 7:30 AM
The more Whedon interviews I read, the more I like this guy..
LAXtremest - 3/6/2012, 7:32 AM
I got no problem with the way the Hulk looks in this. Joss jokes around a lot in his interviews too. Keep that in mind. So far I haven't seen anything to make me think this movie won't give me everything I ever wanted.
Ranger14 - 3/6/2012, 7:34 AM
MrNoFear@ That's your opinion. Firefly and Serenity are far from Subpar and had it not been for Fox screwing up the scheduling and moving the show around it would have had a longer life, but that's a moot point now.

People here have already done side by side CGI comparisons of the Hulk in prior films and this film and the CGI is clearly better in this version of the Hulk. I think it is fantastic that the Hulk is actually going to carry some characteristics of Banner. It only makes sense to do so. Without Norton we have an ensemble cast that gets along well together and doesn't have a dominating ego that wants to take charge, change things and run the whole show. Much better off without him. My opinion.
blvdnoise - 3/6/2012, 7:34 AM
@MrNoFear That's the one line I absolutely want in this film: "Hulk's the strongest there is" I've heard enough about his smashing, and not liking his being angry IMO.
beetheb - 3/6/2012, 7:37 AM
I think it's essential that Hulk have real lines of dialogue, and a back-and-forth with the other Avengers. I think there were some interesting character moments (mostly using Hulk's eyes) in past films, and that worked to an extent, but the only thing that's really and truly going to elevate him above a 'CGI roaring monster' is getting him more vocal. It's why we bought into Gollum as a character; it's a certain connection that can only be borne by spoken communication.
NeoBaggins - 3/6/2012, 7:40 AM
Yeah, I'll watch the movie to judge. The actors and directors are bound to saying what they think people want to hear.
Ranger14 - 3/6/2012, 7:41 AM
...and there are far more important and better characters to bring into future Avenger films than Wonderman. Antman (Giantman), Wasp, Black Panther, Ms. Marvel, Luke Cage, Vision and the list could go on quite a bit prior to getting to Wonder Man.
silverpaladin - 3/6/2012, 7:46 AM
With Hulk and Captaian America. I hope there is a scene that lets us see a Captain that inspires Hulk to help despite the fact that "Puny Humans. Hate Hulk." This exhibits Captain's basic strength Leadership and the ablity to inspire others to help and the Hulk would be the hardest to convince.
I really think the movie would benefit from this. The Hulk in the Damage department is a Force of Nature.
sarahsatire - 3/6/2012, 7:48 AM
Whedon cares about his characters, and it majorly works in his favor that he is a fan of comics. This guy wrote the first run of Astonishing X-Men (and did it well), so it is not like he is a fish out of water when it comes to comic related material. I'm looking forward to his rendition of the Hulk, and hopefully the Avengers will lead to another Hulk movie (locking down the same actor, of course!)
Amazo - 3/6/2012, 7:51 AM
The Hulk is never angry enough for me.He never really lets go.And considering the whole point is that Bruce looses control and out comes the Hulk,I'm always left a little disapointed.He should be pulling peoples heads off and smashing anything that moves! Being calm enough to hold a conversation and partner up with other heroes goes against the basic tennants of the character.He's never angry,just mildly ticked off.
Still,we'll see I suppose.
mrHJK - 3/6/2012, 7:55 AM
Gotta see Giantman, Wasp, Black Panther, Ms. Marvel, Vision, Luke Cage would be interesting... And eventually I'd love to see Spidey and Wolverine appear
GodzillaKart - 3/6/2012, 8:01 AM
Awesome. His comments make me realize why the Hulk FINALLY seems to have been done right. I'd love to see a ton of more characters in the future. I have no hate for Wonderman, but would never miss him. He is kind of a throwaway, generic strong man.
GodzillaKart - 3/6/2012, 8:03 AM
@Amazo: I want to see that part of Hulk as well, but he has also had a history as a team mate, be it a loose cannon. Whedon's comments about the danger of him hurting a friend seem spot on.

That said, I want to see him go balls out on a super powerful baddie.
GodzillaKart - 3/6/2012, 8:03 AM
@mrHJK: Spidey and Wolverine would be awesome, but I think we just have to accept that it will never happen.
Ranger14 - 3/6/2012, 8:04 AM
I want to clarify that the names I listed were names I saw as either more important OR better characters. Wonder Man may have had his place in Avenger lore, but I don't see him as that marketable in the big scheme of things when it comes to the Avenger films. The names I listed are more recognizable and better marketable names and characters. That doesn't make him unimportant, but it doesn't make him the best character to throw in a film.
InFamouslyCool - 3/6/2012, 8:05 AM
that hulk is almost better looking than Ruffalo.
HavocPrime - 3/6/2012, 8:07 AM
Awesome, love the Hulk :) wonder if Ruffalo will do the TV series that Del Torro is working on.
BillyBatson1000 - 3/6/2012, 8:07 AM
As Shakespeare once wrote: "Hulk bash, Hulk smash . . . " What else do we need to know?
thisheart - 3/6/2012, 8:07 AM
Yeah, I liked Norton's BANNER, but the Hulk was nothing like him. Same with Bana's. This time they got it right, at least it looks like it. Crossing fingers. Pumped for this movie.
ThaMessenger07 - 3/6/2012, 8:09 AM
I honestly hope that for the next film they Change The Avengers Lineup a bit or a lot for the Second film.

He was joking and he's semi right. I enjoy Wonder Man as an Avenger and a Hero but much Prefer him as a Villain turned Hero.

Don't tell teabag I said that! Or all the strawberries and whip cream I bought will go to waist tonight!

Shaman - 3/6/2012, 8:10 AM
Whedon doesn't "get" Wonderman??? Teabag's gonna shit a turkey!!! And i'm talking "butterball" girth here!
Amazo - 3/6/2012, 8:10 AM
@Godzillfart
That's what I'm talking about.Let him off the leash!
GodzillaKart - 3/6/2012, 8:13 AM
@Amazo: I think we'll get it.

I'm glad to see the Hulk look so beastly! He looks like Ruffalo's Neanderthal relative!
mctrinket - 3/6/2012, 8:20 AM
I liked the Wonderman version they had in the new Avengers animated series. Seemed far less goofy than classic WM. He has had some ridiculous looks. If Whedon ever used him I hope he would use the really weird '70s look with the red coat, ha ha!
dahamma - 3/6/2012, 8:25 AM
Come on guys, wonderman is not gonna happen anytime soon.
nld3 - 3/6/2012, 8:29 AM
Giant-Man please.
hoodedjester - 3/6/2012, 8:41 AM
I think each director will always bring a different version of the Hulk to the screen. I'm looking forward to hopefully seeing a more Banner controlled Hulk while still mixing in the raging beast. I have a feeling that aside from the dealing with Steve adjusting to the new world, Banner trying to control the Hulk will be another sub-plot - at least I hope.
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