Mark Ruffalo Teases The Tug Of War Between 'Banner' & 'Hulk' In AVENGERS: AOU

Mark Ruffalo Teases The Tug Of War Between 'Banner' & 'Hulk' In AVENGERS: AOU

We heard from Robert Downey Jr. yesterday, and next to be interviewed in Empire's series of Avengers: Age Of Ultron exclusives is Mark Ruffalo, who plays Bruce Banner/The Hulk. Click on to find out what he says about the amount of control the human side has over the monster, and vice versa.

By MarkCassidy - Feb 17, 2015 08:02 AM EST
Source: Empire
When the release of a massive movie like Avengers: Age Of Ultron draws near, it's inevitable that the multitude of interviews conducted with those involved are going to lead to some old ground being covered. For the most part, that's the case with Empire's latest chat with Mark Ruffalo... though there are some very interesting new details about the relationship between Bruce Banner and his slightly grouchier alter ego.

Ruffalo describes the Hulk as the "atom bomb" of the team, and though it seemed that Banner was able to assert a modicum of control over the Green Goliath towards the end of the first Avengers movie, it actually becomes more of a two-way battle in the sequel, with Hulk always seeking to become the dominant personality. He says the group had prepared for this eventuality (which seems obvious given the fact that Tony Stark built himself some Hulkbuster armor), but that it was actually Banner who came up with the "contingency plan". The actor also mentions a scene in the sequel which will see the Hulk willingly transform back into Banner, though he doesn't reveal why!

"There’s a battle going on between these two opposing egos that live inside him. He’s definitely worried that the day is going to come when the Hulk gets the best of him, and maybe won’t release him, maybe won’t give him back. The Hulk knows this too. There’s a moment in here where he, begrudgingly, decides to go back to Banner. Who knows where these things will go, but as Bruce is able to impress his will on the Hulk, going into The Hulk and being inside the Hulk when he’s raging, The Hulk’s will is also growing and able to impress upon Bruce. That makes for some wild things. We’re laying the groundwork for that here. It’ll be interesting to see if that ends up being what would be the next Hulk movie."

And what about that solo Hulk outing? Ruffalo still doesn't know much more about it unfortunately, but though nobody at Marvel has spoken to him yet, it sounds like he's definitely on board if they decide to make it. "I can make The Hulk as real as any other character I’ve ever played and in ways more nuanced, more interesting. It’s boundless." Ruffalo also talks about working with green screen and motion capture, which animals influenced his take on the Hulk, fan-reactions to his casting and more -- so be sure to click on the link below to check it out.
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XelCorp - 2/17/2015, 8:06 AM
FINALLY. Part of what makes the Hulk really really interesting.. The only time that we ever had a TEASE of the "Tug of War" aspect was in 2003's Hulk (As the piece of garbage that that movie was). especially in that dream sequence when Bruce is shaving and he see's the Hulk in the mirror "Puny Human". We need more of that for sure. Where Hulk actually feels like something seperate from Bruce, but they are still one in a way
TheLight - 2/17/2015, 8:06 AM
Bill Bixby would've been proud to see this.
LEVITIKUZ - 2/17/2015, 8:07 AM
It would be cool if Whedin used Hulk as a character instead of as a plot device....
GhostDog - 2/17/2015, 8:08 AM
@Doopie yeeees. Exactly. EMH vibe should display itself. A face to face with banner and hulk. them arguing I side his head or banner seeing illusions of hulk speaking to him
GhostDog - 2/17/2015, 8:09 AM
Ang Lee did tackle this in his hulk film and o liked it. Have them battle for control...Banner seeing g illusions of hulk taunting him and hulk seeing illusions of banner begging for control.
Ghostyy - 2/17/2015, 8:09 AM
Kinda spoiler-ish imo.Hopefully he get's as much screentime as possible if hes not in some more future movies but im pretty sure he is.
GhostDog - 2/17/2015, 8:10 AM
EMH really established this well and I hope AOU uses it as a reference
McGee - 2/17/2015, 8:10 AM
NovaCorpsFan - 2/17/2015, 8:12 AM
I forget the name of the story now, but it featured Banner really battling the Hulk on a mental level to the point where bits of him were Hulking out while others were still Banner.
NovaCorpsFan - 2/17/2015, 8:13 AM
Silent Screams, that was the one.

If they're going to take Hulk anywhere, I'd like to see that.
Highflyer - 2/17/2015, 8:14 AM
I never really thought avengers was the absolute first time that Banner had the hulk under control. Didn't Bruce do that in The Incredible Hulk movie?
NovaCorpsFan - 2/17/2015, 8:15 AM
But Thanos never even appeared in EMH, did he?
GhostDog - 2/17/2015, 8:16 AM
A moment where hulk begrudgingly turns back to in EMH??? Can't wait to see that. maybe hulk speaks and the team is surprised and they tell him they need banner. And he angrily turn back. Jaw drop moment for the team hearing hulk speak
Highflyer - 2/17/2015, 8:17 AM
I think they need to actually show that Hulk is a different entity and personality. The only movie where the hulk even referred himself as 'Hulk' was in TIH and now that they've made Hulk look so much like Banner, they need to do even more work to signify the difference.
sKeemAn - 2/17/2015, 8:18 AM
Good stuff. I was hoping they would go more into the psyche of the Banner/Hulk struggle. I feel like this should be done in a Hulk solo movie. It feels cheapened a little by forcing all of his development in Avengers.
SimplyAz - 2/17/2015, 8:22 AM
Highflyer - 2/17/2015, 8:22 AM
He's talking about moving like an Ape again...
MisterBatfleck - 2/17/2015, 8:23 AM
YES this is exactly what I wan to see! EMH did this perfectly and this is going to be so cool watching it actually happen like this panel.


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