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

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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.

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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    They should have a line referring to the actor change like they did in IM2. Something like someone who knew him saying “Wow Bruce, you look different.” Also I think making banner a little less miserable works, especially with the ending of “Incredible” and the possibility that he’s starting exceed a bit of control over the monster to make him a hero.

  • ULIK

    I think Banner having more dimensions to his personality is key and that’s why I DO comprehend what they mean. Bruce also has to be a noble guy with personality who sincerely wants to help. A great sequence I had in my head was a scene I thought for the Avengers where Bruce is hitchhiking in a rural area and Bruce is given a ride. A car accident occurs behind them that Bruce hears & sees in the passenger side mirror,the driver tries to call 911 but he gets no signal in the rural area. Bruce tells the driver to stop and turn around then runs out of the other car to go help while the people in the other car are not hurt the person in the other car is hurt and is losing a lot of blood. There’s blood all over the person’s face. Then as groggy as the person is, they says “Bruce,is that you, I know that voice”. Bruce wipes the blood off the person’s face and says “Oh my God,Oh my God,Jenny!” Bruce pleads with the driver to let him take her take to either get help or to a hospital as the driver says “the closest hospital is 20 miles away,as Jenny’s starting pass out. Bruce becomes innovative and takes things in his own hands as they find a house close by. He performs a blood transfusion to save Jenny’s life as they just so happen to have the same blood type and are cousins.(For those who don’t know)

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      ULIK, ULIK, ULIK!!!! Here comes your wish list again. LOL. I actually think She-Hulk would fit the Avengers roster and films better. That way you wouldn’t have to explain how the Hulk is in control, or give him a different personality or whatever. Or they could just play Hulk as heroic. Either way I think that’d be an awesome inlet for She-Hulk.

      • ULIK

        Yeah, I would just leave it as a cliff hanger there and quickly leave that part and move on as the police and ambulance finally arrive but Bruce is gone by the time they arrive. But it’d be a cool set up for an intro to She-Hulk.

      • ULIK

        Yeah, I would just leave it as a cliff hanger there and quickly leave that part and move on as the police and ambulance finally arrive but Bruce is gone by the time they arrive. But it’d be a cool set up for an intro to She-Hulk.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s hope the humor and charm is imparted solely on Ruffalo-as-Banner, because a quippy and easy-going Hulk is basically Shrek, although that still wouldn’t stop me from seeing this movie.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s hope the humor and charm is imparted solely on Ruffalo-as-Banner, because a quippy and easy-going Hulk is basically Shrek, although that still wouldn’t stop me from seeing this movie.

  • Brad_Bane

    Ultimately, they should’ve kept Eric Bana and Jennifer Connelly for “The Incredible Hulk,” but I liked Norton’s performance, and Liv Tyler was pretty nice to look at.

    Ruffalo will do a good job here, but my question is why was Tony Stark recruiting for the Avengers in “Incredible,” but not being chosen for the team in “Iron Man 2?” Kinda of a plot hole, and one I’m sure won’t be addressed at all in “The Avengers.”

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Well they did say they wanted to have him on as a consultant or such. Plus he was using his contact with Ross to try an find him.

    • Jlonmadison

      I see what your saying there, but honestly, there’s no direct timeline between the films. Just because Iron Man 2 came after Incredible Hulk, doesn’t mean one came before the other story wise. The way I see it: the “recruitment thing” in incredible Hulk actually takes place AFTER Iron Man 2 (and besides, maybe Tony THOUGHT he was recruiting for the avengers, only to find out that he was approved later.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

        Actually there IS a timeline and you are correct. It’s why the Hulk footage from the news report at the university is playing on the S.H.I.E.L.D. screen at the end of IM2. Marvel has gone on record as saying such as well.

  • Khilunwen

    Iron man 2 took place before incredible hulk, Jon Favereau mentioned that before IM2 came out

  • The Strongest There Is

    To be Frank, I’m not a fan of Whedon as a whole. I liked Firefly once it got going towards the end and Dr Horrible was entertaining. I like how he incorporates the cheesy 80s action one liners and character archetypes but I’ve never been impressed with his back catalog of work. Having said this, so everyone knows where I’m coming from, I like the idea of incorporating the Bill Bixby Bruce Banner, but the Hulk is a Dark Character! The man lives on the run for a living and carries the most destructive power on Earth within him. Leave the one liners to Stark and Thor and Antman. If I had to put up a model for how the Hulk should be in the Avengers movie, I say look to the new Avengers animated show. So far its been perfect. Hulk has been perfect, and its the first time I’ve been able to say that in a long time without bringing up the comic book side of things. If Hulk is going to talk, The new animated show is doing just fine. Take pointers Whedon. We haven’t had too much luck with people trying to “re-invent” things with the Hulk in mind. Robert Downey Jr didn’t reinvent the Iron Man/Tony Stark presence. HE IS IRON MAN. He is a wealthy, back on the rise star that almost ruined his career because of drugs alcohol and complete lack of respect for his peers. He was Tony Stark before he was cast to play the part.

    The last time people started reinventing for the Hulk, Absorbent man became Hulks father, Mutated poodles graced the big screen, and Abomination became Doomsday.

    I dont think its silly to have a downer in a group movie. It works better because the Hulk has to be reluctant or he’s not the Hulk. Reluctant to join, reluctant to stay, reluctant to care about the people who have done nothing but hunt him from day 1.

    Wish List for this movies Hulk:
    1. Hulk screaming, “Hulk Strongest There Is!” – The animated show gave it to me.
    2. Captain America lying to the hulk to focus his rage on the foe and not the team, i.e. the comic where Cap told hulk that the aliens called him a pussy homosexual and the hulk flipping out and killing everything, then finding out its a lie and turning on cap once the day is saved.
    3. HULK SPEAKING in more than 3 word burst.
    4. Simon Pegg as Ant Man lol!

    • ULIK

      Well said TSTI, well said! That always bugged me too Abomination looking like Doomsday. Letterier deciding to take of The Abomination’s SIGNATURE ears made him look NOTHING like Abomination. His explanation for doing it “I just kept thinking that the Hulk would rip off or bite off his ears like Mike Tyson” So what if the Hulk DID do that,that would’ve been BADASS to see that! Or they could have just gave Abomination healing factor where the ears just grow back because there was reptilian blood in the serum. Or they could have made it so the ears flap snug to his head. There’s just some things you don’t mess with and that was one of em. Everything else I agree on but Simon Pegg as Hank Pym hmmm, I don’t know about that one, I don’t want Pym to be comical(I know Pegg can do serious roles).There’s gotta be some comical moments like Iron Man the movie but NOT a comedy whatsoever besides that Simon Pegg doesn’t look like Hank Pym at all but SIMON BAKER does.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

        They shoulda given Abomination skrull ears, and yes I approve of Simon Baker as Pym

        • Ironfist1#fan

          OMG I thought Baker should play hank pym aswell

  • The Strongest There Is

    The Simon Pegg thing was more of a joke. I would rather see him continue doing what he’s doing. Also I agree with Simon Baker.

    As most can tell by the name. I dont like when people start talking about reinventing anything that has to do with the Hulk. You have to get the material RIGHT before you start making changes. I still believe that Between Hulk and Incredible Hulk lived a perfect Hulk Film, with more being taken from TIH of course. Get him right, and then talk to me about variations. The only people who has earned the right to speak of changes in the film business, in regards to comic films, are Zack Schneider and Christopher Nolan. Case closed.

    • ULIK

      I can’t argue with that.

    • ULIK

      I can’t argue with that.