While the comic book version of Bruce Banner gears up for a new beginning later this year as part of the All-New Marvel NOW event, we sadly aren’t likely to see his big green alter ego on the big screen for some time. Mark Ruffalo has confirmed in the past and has said that the Gamma Radiated Gladiator won’t be seen until ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’, but that doesn’t mean that he wouldn’t be down to bring the other guy into the spotlight at some point.
Recently, Ruffalo opened up to some outlets about his work with Marvel Studios while he was promoting his new film ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’. First, in an interview with MTV, he gave an update on his part in Joss Whedon’s follow up to ‘The Avengers’:
“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.”
Then, while talking to Total Film, he went into more detail about his approach to Banner in general and spoke about his responsibility as an artist portraying such a beloved character:
“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.”
Finally, he commented on what he imagines for another Hulk movie. Rather than bringing up the notion of a ‘Planet Hulk’ or ‘Indestructible Hulk’ adaptation again, the actor instead mentions that he’d love to get his pro-environment message across in huger Hollywood movies in the future by possibly applying it to a solo film for the Hulk:
“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.”
Are you excited to see Mark Ruffalo return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’? What do you think about the Hulk potentially tackling these issues in his next solo feature film? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ assembles in theaters on May 1, 2015.