Joss Whedon Talks Ruffalo’s Hulk

Joss Whedon Talks Ruffalo’s Hulk

There’s a lot riding on Joss Whedon’s upcoming adaptation of Marvel’s The Avengers, but for the most part, we know the drill with our heroes — Iron Man, Thor, Captain America — we’ve already seen these guys in their own movies. However, with the addition of Mark Ruffalo, there’s been some concern as to how the actor will come off on screen as Dr. Bruce Banner. Well, Whedon’s here to tell you there’s no need to worry:

“Mark is such a delightful mensch it’s stupid,” Whedon told SFX. “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.”

But perhaps even more nerve-racking is the film’s depiction of the Jade Giant himself. The character’s track record has been a mixed bag over the years. What did Whedon’s Hulk need to get right?

“So much,” the director continued. “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.”

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