Mark Ruffalo Comments on “the Next Hulk Movie,” Science Bros Chemistry
Hulk SMASH puny box office.
Mark Ruffalo tosses around highly-charged fan expectations like the Hulk tosses around… literally anything.
In an interview with Empire, Ruffalo discussed Bruce Banner/the Hulk’s character development as one of the few major players without a currently-relevant solo movie, which makes him a “wild card” in more ways than one. Ruffalo said,
Hulk is the kind of wild card. He’s the loose cannon of the group. He’s more like an atom bomb. You could guess where he’s going to go but he could go either way. I think that there is, obviously, the day when everyone expects it to go wrong and that day comes. And they’re ready. And Bruce designed the contingency plan. As much as you feel Bruce has some mastery over it—certainly, with ‘I’m always angry’ and he can turn into it at will—I still feel that there’s some part of him that doesn’t completely trust it and doesn’t completely trust himself.
“Bruce designed the contingency plan”? And so the big mystery continues of whether the Hulkbuster shots in the Ultron trailers are as straightforward as they seem.
But elaborating on that, he certainly made it sound like, despite no solo Hulk movie plans announced for Marvel’s Phase 3, Banner’s development over the course of the Avengers movies may go somewhere for the character in the future—with a solo outing not entirely out of the question:
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.
He went on to say the special effects improvements allow them to do a lot more with the performance and character than before, but that it’s still tough to base a 2-hour movie around a guy who desperately doesn’t want to do what the audience is there to see.
For now, though, he’s just enjoying the Science Bros dynamic as much as the rest of us. And again, yes, he’s seen what we’ve all been doing with that on Tumblr:
I get a kick out of it, I didn’t think it was going to turn into that. Robert has been a friend of mine before these movies, I’ve worked with him before. He has been very supportive of me, and kind of like my big-brother-older-actor friend. I felt really comfortable shooting that stuff with him, and that was kind of my meat of the movie. We worked really well together and the dynamics of that relationship are kind of the dynamics of our relationship, in a weird way. And so it worked. I had no idea it was going to pop in the way it did and the funny ways it spun off. It’s become quite a, let’s say, fetish for some folks. Science Bros Plus.
Science Bros validated. Just saying, Marvel, the entire Internet probably wouldn’t be opposed to a Science Bros spin-off as that “next Hulk movie” if you’re worried about the big guy carrying his own enormous weight for two hours. Downey Jr. is already getting his feet wet with taking a back seat in other heroes’ movies with Captain America: Civil War, telling Empire, “Ultimately it’s Steve’s story; it doesn’t say ‘Iron Man 4: Civil War’. I think that’s great too.”
So we’ll be waiting for Science Bros: The Movie—if rabidly writing our own fan scripts can be construed as waiting.
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