Mark Ruffalo: AGE OF ULTRON Is An 'Existential Crisis' For THE AVENGERS

The Incredible Hulk actor explains the many struggles that Earth's mightiest heroes will be dealing with when they return in Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, and more. Check it out after the jump!

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 7/21/2014


Thanks to San Diego Comic-Con this week, we've been learning quite a bit about Marvel's most-anticipated outing next year, Avengers: Age of Ultron. Among the things revealed last week was that some of Earth's mightiest heroes want a break from saving the world, which will ultimately set their newest foe in motion. However, Mark Ruffalo recently explained a bit more of what the Avengers will be going through next summer. "Joss [Whedon] is in his full height of his powers," the Incredible Hulk actor told USA Today yesterday. "This movie is much more sprawling and epic than the first one. They’re really in an existential, dire crisis. It has a darker quality. The Avengers are really struggling with their own shortcomings and the dissolution of S.H.I.E.L.D. and where they go and who they are in the world. There’s a lot of negativity towards them."

In seperate interview with Entertainment Weekly, the subject of doing another standalone Hulk movie came up yet again, but Mark Ruffalo responded with a bit more of what Bruce Banner will be dealing with in Avengers: Age of Ultron.  "I think they set it up nicely now that Banner’s turning 46 years old, and there comes a point where it’s like 'how much more running can I do for myself?'" He was then asked how getting older changes Banner. "Whatever you hate about yourself or you don’t like, when you get to be 46 years old, you start to say 'okay, no.' Obviously, you can never really get away from yourself, so you start to live with some of the things you think are so bad," he replied. "And maybe they’re not that bad. Maybe those things are what you need to do whatever you were never able to accomplish. I think that’s the ticket forward for Banner, to start to figure out where we go with him, keep that story interesting. I think there’s a whole relationship with Banner and Hulk that needs to be discovered. There’s a very cool thing happening: Hulk is as afraid of Banner as Banner is afraid of Hulk."

He continued, "It’s in the comics. But because you haven’t really been able to get inside of Hulk’s head, because the [cinematic] technology wasn’t available to make it nuanced enough to do that, and now it is. So now I think there’s a way to do it. Both of these guys are obviously the same guy, and they have got to come to peace somehow with each other. And I think that this confrontation is building along the lines of this film." 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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0megaDaGod - 7/21/2014, 5:53 PM


AlexLaChiusa - 7/21/2014, 6:03 PM
"There’s a lot of negativity towards them."

That might explain the rioting we have seen in some of the set videos.
Jollem - 7/21/2014, 6:04 PM
"This movie is much more sprawling and epic than the first one. They’re really in an existential, dire crisis. It has a darker quality. There’s a lot of negativity towards them."

so, basically...transformers 4
AlexanderLykins - 7/21/2014, 6:06 PM
@Jollem

Jollem - 7/21/2014, 6:06 PM
or g.i. joe 2
Starfox - 7/21/2014, 6:07 PM
"Joss [Whedon] is in his full height of his powers,"
AlexLaChiusa - 7/21/2014, 6:07 PM
@Jollem Yes I'm sure it'll be just like Transformers 4. Joss has even said [frick] you to his feminist ways and it'll be nothing but ass and boob shots for Black Widow and Scarlet Witch.

Expect Cap to be racist also.
EzioKenway1225 - 7/21/2014, 6:07 PM
it definitely seems like they have been AVENGING for a while now..i wonder how much time has passed since Winter Soldier?
CaptainObvious - 7/21/2014, 6:08 PM
Except Transformers 4 deserved all the negativity it got.
EzioKenway1225 - 7/21/2014, 6:09 PM
Whedon has described the film has " a little more grownup, a little scarier, a little funkier , but it will still have great characters, lots of humor and yes....there may be some punching"
dethpillow - 7/21/2014, 6:10 PM
he's got some cool ideas about his take on Banner. i like what he has to say.
Jollem - 7/21/2014, 6:10 PM
@AlexLaChiusa - i'm expecting ass n' boob shots for cap, myself
MrCBM56 - 7/21/2014, 6:11 PM
SDCC will kill me.
EzioKenway1225 - 7/21/2014, 6:12 PM
MrCBM56-me too......
AlexanderLykins - 7/21/2014, 6:12 PM
I'm glad Mark is having such a good time with the role.



While he very much would like more Bruce Banner screen time, he understands the need for the Hulk.
0megaDaGod - 7/21/2014, 6:13 PM
Yea, it does sound like they've been a team for a minute in this one. Hopefully we fet a montage of some sorts in the beginning
AlexanderLykins - 7/21/2014, 6:13 PM
In honor of our other MCU Banner:



Never forgotten and regrettably so.
Spidey91 - 7/21/2014, 6:13 PM
other better movies that are example of that are: Spiderman 2, The Dark Knight, Empire Strikes back, The Winter Soldier, to name the ones at the top of my head...of course, anyone can cherry pick the sh*tty options if they want.
ALegendaryPanda - 7/21/2014, 6:13 PM
This honestly has a chance at blowing the first Avengers completely away. Like everything I'm seeing and hearing about this movie sounds amazing. Except for Quicksilver's outfit
AlexanderLykins - 7/21/2014, 6:14 PM
@0megaDaGod
It'll be interesting to see how it all plays out. The fact that we're getting a full Avengers movie with no S.H.I.E.L.D. always helps a bit.
AlexLaChiusa - 7/21/2014, 6:14 PM
@Jollem Ooooooh. Switching it up. I like the way you think.
EzioKenway1225 - 7/21/2014, 6:15 PM
still.. remember, even though this movie is still going to be a little darker.its still Whedon and this is the guy who said this quote “Make it dark, make it grim, make it tough, but then, for the love of God, tell a joke.”
dethpillow - 7/21/2014, 6:16 PM
@Jollem - i think actually Joss has been taking directing tips from Singer, and by epic and sprawling he means blowing wind at actor's faces while they crawl on the ground, reaching at the sky and screaming...

"Charles!"
and "Eric!"

so probably that's what he means by epic. and then i heard that he'd been also taking lessons from Snyder, so maybe also he means maybe take a little Jesus Christ pose and spread it around between them all... there's plenty to go around and the more the epicker.

Vision will have biggest Jesus Christ pose tho, that's gonna be epic. and then Ultron will do it right back at them. and they'll both be scowling at each other like weird robotic Jesus Christ's and everyone will be watching and there will be buildings falling down in fast edits and lots of epically bad dialogue too.

and then Vision will just out Jesus pose Ultron and Ultron will melt into a pile of diet Sprite. which Tony will jump down on the ground crying and lap up with his tongue. and he'll scream at the air, he'll scream...

"MUNT!"
EzioKenway1225 - 7/21/2014, 6:17 PM
Alex-yeah Avengers in a world without Shield, they are the only line of defense now..very interesting
Jollem - 7/21/2014, 6:18 PM
@AlexLaChiusa - wait...i do remember boob and butt shots for black widow in the avengers. joss is sympathetic with the females, but still remembers that your average teen/adult fanboy is terminally horny
AlexanderLykins - 7/21/2014, 6:20 PM
@Jollem

dethpillow - 7/21/2014, 6:20 PM
Jollem - i like that idea about Cap.
i heard they are gonna make it where Cap just refers to his naked ass as "Cap".

like that's his nickname for it.
"Cap" and "Boobs". and "Boobs" is his nickname for his penis, too.
Jollem - 7/21/2014, 6:21 PM
@dethpillow - yes, i know. x-men sucks. spider-man sucks. nolan sucks. man of steel sucks. the only good cbms are from marvel studios. i get it
EzioKenway1225 - 7/21/2014, 6:22 PM
anyway: 8 MINUTES UNTIL GUARDIANS LIVESTREAM PREMEIRE!!
0megaDaGod - 7/21/2014, 6:26 PM
@Alex

Yea, this is what we need

SnapperCarr - 7/21/2014, 6:26 PM
Good. I love what I'm hearing.
AlexanderLykins - 7/21/2014, 6:27 PM
@EzioKenway1225
I have it up right now!
AlexanderLykins - 7/21/2014, 6:28 PM
@0megaDaGod
Get that terrible CGI away from Liv Tyler now!
dethpillow - 7/21/2014, 6:31 PM
@Jollem - but do you reeallly get it?

HypeMusheen - 7/21/2014, 6:40 PM
@dethpillow hahahaha mad props.
dethpillow - 7/21/2014, 6:43 PM
bears v juggalos
TheRaven20 - 7/21/2014, 6:46 PM
One thing that bothers me about this film is the Banner and Widow romance. I've always viewed Banner as being very loyal to Betty and I think its a shame that she hasn't even been mentioned. Even worse is it seems Widow has had a brief relationship with every one of the Avengers from Cap, Hawkeye, and Iron Man and her with Banner just seems odd to me.
TheRaven20 - 7/21/2014, 6:47 PM
Maybe I'll change my mind when the film is released.
Omarvls - 7/21/2014, 6:49 PM
@Jollem chocking on his own vomit every time there is EPIC news from Marvel
Just relax DCWB news is on its way
Pasto - 7/21/2014, 6:52 PM
Collab between DethPillow and Tucks aka 'ExMusheen' incoming.
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