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Joss Whedon has landed his biggest directorial gig in Marvel’s dream-team superheroes movie, ‘The Avengers‘. While you’d expect the first questions he’d be fielding would be in regards to what approaches he’ll be taking to helm the massive epic. The first questions to come up have been about casting. MTV News caught up with Whedon to talk about adding Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) and Mark Ruffalo (Shutter Island) as Hawkeye and The Hulk to “The Avengers” team.

After the very public spat between Marvel and Edward Norton’s agent a couple of weeks ago, actor Mark Ruffalo, took over the role of Bruce Banner. Whedon has been singing the man’s praises, telling MTV:

Mark was my first and only choice for Bruce Banner. I’m stunned that we landed that, just stunned. He has what I remember loving about the show, that quality of, you just look at him and you go through it with him, he invites you in in a way that [no] other performer has since Bill Bixby. He is a guy who’s been beaten up by life, but not defined by that. That’s what I want from Bruce Banner, is a guy who’s still getting it done, even though he has his problem.”

And with respect to Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye: The thing about Hawkeye, he’s got his bows and arrows, you need somebody who’s very very down to earth, who’s very grounded, and who’s going to be the kind of guy who, you see him, and you understand why he likes to be far away from things and then shoot at them.

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