Mark Ruffalo Comments on THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Script and a Possible Standalone HULK Movie

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While making the rounds at Sundance for his film, Infinitely Polar Bear, Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers) commented about some of his more high-profile works, namely The Avengers: Age of Ultron and a possible standalone Hulk movie.  He shared his thoughts on writer-director Joss Whedon’s script for the sequel, and attempted to assure fans that Banner/Hulk would get to add on to his scene-stealing performances from the original film.  Ruffalo, an outspoken environmentalist, also expressed his intent to bring an eco-friendly message to a standalone Hulk movie, if it ever gets off the ground.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

the-avengers-mark-ruffaloIn an interview with MTV while at Sundance, Ruffalo said the following about The Avengers: Age of Ultron’s script:

“I would say that it’s better, it’s cooler, it’s more awesomer. It’s a little bit darker, but also really has Joss Whedon’s incredibly, witty and sly sense of humor … [Bruce Banner] gets to do such great stuff.”

In a more eloquent moment recorded by Total Film, Ruffalo also talked about the responsibility he felt as an artist:

“As artists we have an ability to reach a lot of people in a deep way, and we have a responsibility. What we have to do as storytellers is to take science and make it relatable.  I think we have to tell the story of the positive and what we’re going to try to do. Give them alternatives but don’t make it a polemic.”

avengers-2-sequel-mark-ruffalo-hulkRuffalo’s vision is to bring this pro-environment idea to the forefront, not in the Avengers sequel in which he shares quite a bit of screentime with his assembled cast, but in a possible Hulk film:

“I think that’s the way to go, and it’s a trend that’ll start to develop. As a culture, when we latch onto a fad, we’re actually working something out in the creative subconscious. The fact that all these doomsday and end-of-times movies are coming out is because we’re actually working that out in the culture … I’m in The Avengers, but if you took my screentime it would come to about ten minutes, along with the 12 other people I’m sharing the screen with, so my input’s kind of limited on that. But if we get to a standalone Hulk movie, I’ll have a much better chance to do that. I’m just learning now how to find my voice and bring it into the studio world.”

Head to the comments and be sure to let us know your thoughts about Ruffalo staring as a “green” Hulk in a standalone film.

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  • the ghost of nordburg

    SPOILER:: hulk gets sent to camp chipowa and spends a good two thirds of the film singing michael jackson in the harmony hut! (renner has a cameo there too)
    Comes out all earth song! Uh oOOO oOOOOO OOO oo OOO oo uh uhh UHH!!

    Spader-tron mark 5, having decimated iro… sorry war patriot by reminding him this aint 12 years a stark. teams up with electro and they assemble the sinister 6, 7 or 8! hell a crap load of villainy (dr dooms in there too… as well as venom.. cos you know, the fanboys got to have themselves some venom!) (SPOILER NOTE: vince vaughn and owen wilson are secretly attached to play doom and venom as studios are hoping to team them up for a buddy comedy spinoff the following summer)

    you might be wondering at this stage where is thor and cap etc, well theyve already been taken out by redfords autumn leave acting chops! (MEGA SPOILER: incidently turns out this is the 4th infinity gem)

    so yeah, seems pretty depressing as the world is apparently doomed… however the films climax only serves to deliver the final heartstopping twist!!!
    a time travelling xmen team from the future appear just as the end credits roll!
    (note: xmen “team” will be wolverine (played by hugh jackman)

    avengers 2

    • DNAsplitter

      Cool story bro…

  • The Flobbit

    Kudos to Mark Ruffalo for being the first relatable and awesome Hulk. Eric Bana suffered from terrible CGI butchering, as did a miscast Edward Norton (although TIH *did* feature the best superhero brawl ever).

    However, I think a standalone Hulk movie is a bad idea. Hulk did his best when he had other Avengers to spar and quip with. As history has shown us…Hulk does not fare well on his own. Looking forward to Age of Ultron!

    • Chris Beveridge

      But as we see the movie universe side grow, it would be a Hulk movie but more of a buddy movie? Obviously we’d love it to be a Tony & Bruce kind of flick, but surely there’s someone else that could work off of the two characters well enough?

      • The Flobbit

        I think that is an interesting and viable prospect heretofore not thought of. I think Thor 2 paved the way for that with having that Captain America cameo, and this may very well be happening in the future.

    • DNAsplitter

      I agree in the regards that even w 2 films from the past has shown us that the Hulk is just not a fun hero to watch as he’s really more of a monster out of control. He’s just not that relatable. But if Marvel could have other heroes in it (Stark, Black Widow, Other Shield agents, etc.) and have the focus point being on the Hulk then maybe I think people would watch it. But I am suprised Marvel hasn’t gone forward w a sequel as TIH left us on a cliffhanger w Tim Blake Nelson’s character and the fact that General Ross was no where to be seen during the Avenger’s battle in NY. I just can’t believe that it hasn’t been addressed in any of the other Marvel films. I feel Marvel has just ommited that from their Phase I and acts as though it didn’t happen.

      • The Flobbit

        Marvel really wants to forget The Incredible Hulk. It’s not canon, and with the exception of Samuel L. Jackson, that cast has only been used once, and the tone was very different. Honestly the movie was pretty bad, the one redeeming feature being Hulk and Tim Roth bashing each other up at the end.

      • TrekBeatTK

        Sam Jackson doesn’t appear in TIH. It is still considered canon (it’s the Bana Hulk movie that isn’t), despite the fact they recast Banner (I really liked Norton in the role). But yeah, Marvel would rather focus on Iron Man than try to figure out how to make a Hulk movie work.

      • The Flobbit

        He has an after-credit scene, I believe. They recast Banner, but they also never mentioned the entire cast of the movie again. Iron Man and Cap had characters like Pepper Potts and Agent Carter carried over, but nobody from TIH is mentioned in The Avengers or any other Phase 2 films.

      • TrekBeatTK

        There’s no actual “after-credit” scene in TIH. But there is a scene with Tony Stark talking to General Ross about the Avenger Initiative. There are actually one or two brief references to the film in other movies, including in Iron Man 2. Also, there was a Marvel One-Shot called “The Consultant” which set up that final scene in TIH.

      • thefinalword

        You know I don’t really see the reasoning behind your logic. If Marvel didn’t want to consider it canon then they would abandon it in all forms, yet references to the abomination have been made, the leader was already given an origin, a news report about Hulk from The Incredible Hulk movie was seen in on one of Tony Starks screens in Iron Man 2. Most of the cast was meant to be specific to the settings it took place in. Aside from Betty, Blonksky and Thunderbolt Ross, how many major characters would you consider to have played major roles in the film? Any of these characters could return but it would probably be only when they are needed. For the moment, they aren’t. Mostly I’m curious to see if they will recast Liv Tyler or not when the time comes.

      • thefinalword

        Uh, I think it is canon. I’m pretty sure I heard Phil Coulson say something about Blonsky being in the fridge while threatening someone on Agents of Shield.

      • The Flobbit

        Sure it’s canon, but nobody wants to bring it up again.

      • TrekBeatTK

        I keep hoping that someone at Marvel will remember the cliffhanger and follow it up on Agents of SHIELD. Then Hulk could make an appearance on the show for sweeps and boost the ratings. I want that stuff resolved too.

    • Leo Spaceman

      I’ve been saying it for years, Hulk and Thor: Lets have an adventure!

    • cezar211091 .

      usually,i agree with you,but a hulk movie would be awesome

  • Josh

    I would love to see a stand alone film, but come on, we don’t need to have a political message into our movies, the marvel franchise isn’t something I want to go to and leave thinking “hmmm, solar panels are the way to go”.

    • Ruprect

      These things can be done well. Trek 4 did not just have a “Save the Whales” message, it was part of the PLOT. Still an enjoyable film.

      I do agree that a Ruffalo Hulk movie would be terrific.

  • Oolie zool

    not sure what solo Hulk story there is to tell at this point, but i’d probably watch it because Ruffalo was that good with the character.

  • TigerFIST

    Hope we get one

  • Ben Wigler

    I was one of the people ultra skeptical of Ruffalo. He naaailed it, as so many have said. I’d be totally okay with him making an ecological point with a standalone Hulk, but I’ll also take a standalone Hulk with him in the role any way I can get it ;)

    • The Flobbit

      Ecological standpoint? Clearly you have no idea what the word means.

  • Jeffo

    So long as the love story angle is downplayed, I’m for a Hulk movie. I can’t sit thru all that suffering, lovey-dovey stuff played out again, even with this terrific actor and great special effects. Please give us a good story !

  • Theodore Trout

    Nice, maybe the ecological defender thing would make the Hulk more relatable , it worked for Swamp Thing in the comics. Anyway back in the seventies there were all kinds of anti-war and pro-ecology Hulk stories.

  • Jon

    Good God, just go have sex with Ed Norton and call it a day. F’ing actors…

    • Star_Girl

      hey, that’s lame. Why diss Ruffalo? He is a good actor in my opinion. Gosh.

  • ʝoe ßloggs

    He just got green…and now he REALLY wants to go green !?

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  • deprogrammed black

    The issue of unrelatability can easily be solved;

    Write a screenplay where other aspects of the Hulk character are introduced

    the grey Hulk, Joe fixit, a banner controlled hulk etc.

    A talking, reasoning hulk, is betrayed by the avengers, hurled in to space (a territory which marvel is now exploring in Guardians of the galaxy). This Hulk ends up on a gladiator planet where he leads a revolution and then returns home with revenge on the avengers and shield in mind.

    Canon: The Incredible Hulk #1, #123, #377, Planet hulk, world war hulk

    Done well this would make at least three awesome movies

  • Ref

    I wanna see a big-screen version of the Planet Hulk/World War Hulk storylines. They don’t have to follow the comic arc exactly, but they could use the Planet/World War comics as a base and go from there. Basically….. Hulk get banished because he is too dangerous. They’d have to figure out a way to fit banner into all that, but I’m sure they could.

  • orianalianna

    ‘That’s my secret Captain’…. *shoulder glance* ‘I’m always angry…’ *SMASH!*.

  • Freedom from sanity

    Whats this about a Solo Hulk movie. I know Marvel and Star Wars are both Disney but I never saw this coming. But maybe…..

    Hulk, after being banished and Planet Hulk is done, investigates a ship that has crash landed on the planet with and ageing Solo and Leia etc on board. They are closely followed by an army of imperial sympathisers. The Hulk decides to help our rebel friends in the fight against the imperial army before heading off to Earth for WW Hulk.

  • cezar211091 .

    why not.hulk was created at the height of nuclear paranoia of the 60s

  • cezar211091 .

    elaine,actors should have the right to bring their contribution to the creative process,not just read some lines.

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  • Guest

    Well if Ruffalo says that Whedon has had a hand in making it funny, I am looking forward to Avengers 2 all the more.

    The leader should make a return for a Hulk film. I never liked him, but maybe Whedon can make him a campy scheming evil villain that’s likeable/hateable in some way or another, or take him out in some plot driven surprise. I think if he has a moment to realize his demise is imminent, it could make the movie.

    • thefinalword

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  • thefinalword

    Well if Ruffalo says that Whedon has had a hand in making it funny, I am looking forward to Avengers 2 all the more.

    The Leader should make a return for a Hulk film. I never liked him, but maybe Whedon can make him a campy scheming evil villain that’s likeable/hateable in some way or another, or take him out in some plot driven surprise. I think if he has a moment to realize his demise is imminent, it could make the movie.

    Mark Ruffalo should get his own Hulk movie, most definitely, no matter what it is. I’m open to hearing ideas about it.

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