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.

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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.
 

Source: Indiewire
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Pasto - 7/1/2014, 6:42 AM
"If we could find a story that's compelling enough to hold people's interest for the two hours -- that is essential."


Planet Hulk
World War Hulk

Pick one Mark...
JoeMomma29 - 7/1/2014, 6:51 AM
Marvel Studios does not have enough faith in a Solo Hulk movie, even though all the fans want it after that awesome performance in The Avengers.
Maxi91291 - 7/1/2014, 6:53 AM
@Joe

Youre right .. thats why they are putting Batman un the next Hulk movie :D
ATrueHero1987 - 7/1/2014, 6:54 AM
No to Planet Hulk or WWH! There are other stories you could adapt from Stan Lee's run, Bill Mantlo, Peter David's run, or even Dogs Of War.
blackandyellow - 7/1/2014, 6:54 AM
I'm content with the Hulk just being a supporting character in ensemble movies.
MrNiklander - 7/1/2014, 6:55 AM
You do realise that Planet Hulk or World War Hulk wont happen.Poor Rufallo he is never gonna get his solo movie
SuperCat - 7/1/2014, 6:56 AM
Planet Hulk sucks! Hulk's big ass belongs on Earth.

blackandyellow - 7/1/2014, 6:59 AM
The reason the only Hulk story arcs people mention are Planet Hulk and World War Hulk are because they're the only interesting Hulk ones. He's just not interesting.
Jollem - 7/1/2014, 7:01 AM
actually, planet hulk was a great story. better than world war hulk. i did like jrjr's art in wwhulk
JoeMomma29 - 7/1/2014, 7:02 AM
@ Maxi

LMAO!!!!! Hate to say it but Batman fixes everything..........

But I have to agree with blackandyellow Hulk is not very exciting, and I would have to say that about Superman as well before MOS was released.
Jollem - 7/1/2014, 7:02 AM
GIVE HULK BACK TO MARVEL STUDIOS!!

or...just give him to somebody that will make a hulk movie
Gusto - 7/1/2014, 7:03 AM
Jesus, actors should just keep their traps shut and collect their dumptrucks full of mone.
TheAbaryMan369 - 7/1/2014, 7:03 AM
Hm... so I guess this sorta matches up with the earlier rumor...
ruadh - 7/1/2014, 7:03 AM
One of my favorite Banner moments in the comics that I can remember is where Abomination was trashing a town and Bruce parked on the outskirts, changed into his xxxl pants, and just walkedinto town holding the pants cinched in a fist. Just awesome.
JoeMomma29 - 7/1/2014, 7:04 AM
We need to ad Spidey to the mix and we are all good.

MrSotoMan - 7/1/2014, 7:05 AM
Does everyone forget Mr. Fixit?
Doopie - 7/1/2014, 7:05 AM
Misdirection aplenty
MrSotoMan - 7/1/2014, 7:09 AM
How about Incredible Hulk: Regression which is essentially the character arc that looked like on what was coming next after Incredible Hulk.

Shit how about The Leader? Does every Marvel movie need to be based on a specific comic book run?
JoeMomma29 - 7/1/2014, 7:10 AM
@ MrSoto

Sad to say but we may never see the return of The Leader.
MrSotoMan - 7/1/2014, 7:11 AM
@JoeMomma29- Or any Hulk villain out there, cause writers are not clever enough in Marvel Studios to give us a Hulk movie, at least a solo-Hulk movie.
AlmightyD - 7/1/2014, 7:12 AM
Wonder why they don't touch on Banners fractured psyche due to child abuse...
TelaVizion - 7/1/2014, 7:12 AM
Having Banner work for SHIELD (b4 it ended) would have been the perfect formula for a 3rd solo Hulk flick.
JoeMomma29 - 7/1/2014, 7:12 AM
Does anyone know if Marvel Studios have the full rights back to Hulk or are they shared?
Maven - 7/1/2014, 7:15 AM
I want a Hulk film just as much as everyone else, but if such a move is announced for Phase Three, the people that are currently calling Marvel dumb for not giving him one (until that point in time) will reignite the "where's my Black Panther/Ms. Marvel/Inhumans movie" crap. Or they'll go on with the "took them long enough" bs.

Then if Black Panther is announced

JoeMomma29 - 7/1/2014, 7:17 AM
@ Maven

I really really want a BP movie but I am not sure if Marvel Studios has faith in that character carrying a whole movie without another supporting characters like IronMan etc........

marvel72 - 7/1/2014, 7:17 AM
don't care if its planet hulk,world war hulk or any other hulk storyline,i just want more hulk movies.
MrSotoMan - 7/1/2014, 7:19 AM
Hopefully Marvel Studios shocks me with Black Panther.......I doubt it but who knows
JoeMomma29 - 7/1/2014, 7:21 AM
@ Soto

If Marvel does not announce a BP at SDCC then I am certain he will just become another side kick in the MCU like War Machine and Falcon.
EzioKenway1225 - 7/1/2014, 7:23 AM
i would love a black panther movie to be announced at comic con,i have a feeling it will but i could be wrong but them not announcing it doesnt mean it will never happen or he will become a sidekick..i saw a interview with feige back when avengers was coming out that they had a draft of black panther
MrSotoMan - 7/1/2014, 7:23 AM
@JoeMomma29- That would be the utmost [frick]ery in my opinion.
MrSotoMan - 7/1/2014, 7:24 AM
@EzioKenway12125- They have a draft for every character they have, does not mean it is well written or cared for.

Its just there so when they pitch it to a director, this would be their foundation for their movie.
Nomis - 7/1/2014, 7:25 AM
@ joe - LOL!!!!!!!

They don't call him the INCREDIBLE Hulk for nothing!
EzioKenway1225 - 7/1/2014, 7:26 AM
mrsotoman-true but him not being announced at comic con for a movie doesnt mean they are going to make him a sidekick, not to me atleast
MrSotoMan - 7/1/2014, 7:27 AM
@EzioKenway1215- He could be honestly.
JoeMomma29 - 7/1/2014, 7:27 AM
Well at least at this point Marvel is doing better than Lucas ever did with black characters........

SW- Mace and Lando

MCU - Nick Fury, War Machine, and Falcon.
JoeMomma29 - 7/1/2014, 7:29 AM
OH yeah to be fair.....

DC - 0! Unless you count Tim Burton's Batman where Harvey Dent was play by Lando C!
Doopie - 7/1/2014, 7:31 AM
No way should BP ever be a side-kick. In fact he should have a white guy as his side-kick
JoeMomma29 - 7/1/2014, 7:31 AM
@ Doopie

No argument there!
Doopie - 7/1/2014, 7:35 AM
Really hope a BP movie is announced though. I'd prefer new characters to old ones although let's be honest Hulk could do with a definitive blockbuster of a film
0megaDaGod - 7/1/2014, 7:36 AM
Yea, this is becoming obvious misdirection

The guy has displayed too much knowledge of recent Hulk stories for those stories to not be on the table right now
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