Mark Ruffalo Says Hulk Is “Bigger, More Complex” in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

     June 5, 2014


The Avengers provided the best big-screen adaptation of Bruce Banner/Hulk thus far, but he was evenly spaced out with the other Avengers.  But when The Hulk was let loose, he was a scene stealer.  He was so good that he reignited talk of wanting another stand-alone Hulk film.  While Marvel has yet to announce plans to give Hulk his own movie again, he will be getting a beefed up presence in Avengers: Age of Ultron according to Mark Ruffalo.

“[My role's] even bigger than last time,” says Ruffalo, “and it’s more complex and it has more layers and a bit more arc.”  Hulk is so much more than smashing.  Hit the jump for more.  The film also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, and James SpaderAvengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

avengers-2-hulkRuffalo also told Total Film that the motion-capture technology has evolved to where he finds it more amenable to his performance for the sequel:

“I’m really tripping on the technology of this motion-capture stuff… now I just completely embrace it and see it as this other exciting place we can go as performers.”

Returning to his comments about giving Hulk a bigger, more complex role, it’s interesting how Whedon is choosing which characters to beef up.  We’ve heard that Hawkeye (Renner) and Black Widow (Johansson) are also getting expanded roles, and then there are the introductions of new characters Scarlet Witch (Olsen), Quicksilver (Taylor-Johnson), Vision (Bettany), and Ultron (Spader).  It’s possible that by virtue of a sequel expanding on the world every returning actor thinks their role is bigger.  It’s also possible that Whedon just wants to play his cards a certain way, and since Hulk and Hawkeye haven’t received any attention in Phase Two thus far, he wants to make sure they’re not forgotten in Age of Ultron.

  • Royale With Cheese

    The secondary characters who haven’t gotten a solo feature film thus far will be highlighted in Avengers 2 so they can go on to get solo films themselves. It’s a good strategy and to be expected from Marvel at this point.

  • Doug

    As long as Neil Blokamp directs the next Hulk movie, I will die a happy man.

    • Jan

      Wouldn’t that be something? When you die, fifty years from now in 2064, your eulogy will include some random phrase like “…..Doug died a happy man because decades ago, in 2018, Blomkamp directed an above-average Hulk movie…..” and everyone will be exchanging looks, like ‘dafuq’?

      • Doug

        If I see a district 9 type Hulk film before I die I will give zero fuqs what’s on my tombstone.

  • axalon

    It’ll never happen, but there’s a part of me that just for parody wants an actor to say “pff, my character blows in this movie…nottt looking forward to this one coming out…”

    • Lex Walker

      This has happened before in the world of Hollywood, not in the MCU, but in other big franchises. Not always well received. Weird.

    • Daniel O’Reilly

      Pretty much what happened with Jim Carrey on Kick Ass 2.

  • hulk in the bed baby


    • Lex Walker

      Someday. I hope.

  • eternalozzie

    Cool … Hulk was one of the things I enjoyed in the avengers.
    This movies is going to be a hot mess but will make a ton of money :(

    • Roy J

      Why would it be a mess? The first was so good and well made. I only expect it to be better.

      • Conor

        Well-made, not “so good”. Generic plot sustained by a combination of sporadically witty dialogue & CGI grandeur.

      • observer

        Pfft… Dream on, hater, it was superb.
        Great chemistry, pacing, writing, with classic Marvel plot.
        Not all good movies have to low budget indie art films.

      • Person

        Kinda with you on this. I enjoyed it, but it’s way too long, the plot is thin, and the big final battle is lifted straight out of Transformers 3. I’ve only been able to sit through it once on Blu-ray, and that was with Whedon’s commentary.

        Avengers 2 sounds great so far, though. Hopefully it won’t be too overstuffed with characters and sub-plots, and will be a little darker than the first.

  • The Flobbit

    The Hulk has the potential to be an interesting, compelling character, but Marvel would be wise to be hesitant of making an entire movie of Hulk smashing things given the recent (fully justifiable) criticisms.

    • DNAsplitter

      He’d honestly be better served to have a film where he shares it with another Avenger – maybe Dr. Strange or another scientist type. He’s a tough character to crack when it comes to onscreen adaptions.

      • SenorApplesauce

        I said that above.

        I loved the Dr. Strange Hulk crossover (early Defenders) where Strange is investigating the cult of the Undying ones while at the same time they are trying to capture Banner to fight the Night Crawler. Both get captured and have to help each other get free of their realms.

        You’d just have to cut out Namor and tweak the story, which all movies do anyways.

    • Ruprect

      That’s why the two previous Hulk films did not shine. Hulk’s greatest foe is not Abomination, not the almost-Absorbing Man and certainly not Mutant Dogs. His greatest foe is The Leader. Brains vs Brawn (whos alter ego is also brainy) is a much more compelling story than two behemoths beating the crap out each other.

  • jk

    Hmm… Sounds like Cap, Ironman, and Thor will be less than front and center in this movie?

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  • AdamShitwood

    Sure he is. That’s what they’ve said about every version of Hulk. The common person doesn’t give a shit. They just want to see him go ape shit and break stuff.

    Same buzzwords every actor uses for every character they play because they are all curing cancer somehow.

    • The Flobbit

      I absolutely agree. Everyone’s been saying it’s bigger, darker, and more compelling. Quite frankly, it’s all smoke blowing.

  • cezar211091 .

    i can’t wait…

  • LEM

    I’d love them to do Planet Hulk as the next standalone Hulk movie.

  • Guest

    I really wish Whedon would have brought in better Avengers than Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. I think Cloak and Dagger would have been awesome. Add some gender and color to the mix. Them being experimented on in the end of Cap 2 would have gone a little better with C&D’s backstory as well.

  • je

    the appeal of the Hulk to people is the revenge concept/theme…everyone who’s ever been bullied. kicked, stepped on…in life wishes they had the momentary strength to Hulk out & smash their tormentors. If Marvel writers are smart they’d be wise to explore & exploit this theme in a Hulk film. Meaning feature a tie-in with kid(s) being bullied, common people being stepped on…& incorporate it within the story. You can even introduce she hulk as a balancing force in Bruce’s life. A well written & clever story involving the leader as villain pushing the Hulk to physical limits-(amongst a backdrop of a greater planetary scale threat…)-where even a fraction of his real power is shown–will convince N Fury to bring him into a team structure to protect the earth from existential threats.–This is the reason why the character doesn’t fare well at the box office..they miss the Hulk’s appeal & how it ties in to today’s societal issues.

  • Faptain America

    His role will be bigger because Ultron will mind-control him, I think.

  • SenorApplesauce

    After the Dr Strange intro movie (assuming is an origin story movie), I want a Hulk-Dr Strange movie set to their storyline with the Undying Ones/Nameless One.

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