Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk Will be More Robert Downey Jr., Less Ed Norton

That is to say, you can expect a lot more humor and charm to Mark Ruffalo and Joss Whedon’s version of The Hulk aka Bruce Banner than, say, the miserable, running-for-his-life Bruce Banner that showed up in Edward Norton’s portrayal of the character in “Hulk”, or the somber, father issues suffering of Eric Bana in Ang Lee’s version.

Ruffalo tells Digital Spy:

We want him to be an everyman, not so dour. A little more charming or accessibl. We’re still sort of working it out with the script. I’m not exactly sure what it’ll end up being but we’ve talked quite a bit about the Bill Bixby version of the Hulk.

I have a feeling there’ll be a little nudge, nudge, wink, wink. I think [Robert Downey Jr.] sort of reinvented that genre in a way and I talked to him quite a bit before I took the part, how it works and how to do it. He said, ‘C’mon we’ll have fun, we’ll work it out.’ I trust him a lot so I think we’ll have a good time playing with it.

This is certainy in line with Joss Whedon’s style, who is writing the script and will be directing for Marvel Studios. Whedon can get pretty dark at times when the need calls for it, but I’d say anywhere from 80-90% of his scripts are usually about the characters being charming or having fun. When you’re doing a movie about a group of superheroes fighting (from some rumors, possibly aliens from outer space), going “dark” is sort of silly.

“The Avengers” invade in 2012.