We know that we’re not going to get another solo Hulk movie till sometime after 2019, which means that The Avengers and any other movies between now and The Inhumans in the summer of 2019 will be the only places to see the character get all green and angry. That’s okay, there’s plenty of action for the Hulk to smash through, and from the sounds of previous statements of the cast and crew, Avengers: Age of Ultron will another – ahem – banner moment for grumpy green goliath. The guy that plays the Hulk, Mark Ruffalo, agrees and has added his two cents about where the Hulk’s mind is at, and where he’ll be going next in a new interview.
While talking to Empire, Ruffalo discussed a number of Hulk-related issues including the internal dynamics of the Bruce Banner/Hulk relationship, how they’re basically two people sharing the same body, and how the day may come when the two may not be able to keep the relatively cordial relationship they have right now:
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.
So they are thinking about the next Hulk movie! Or maybe Ruffalo is. Either way, since Ruffalo took over the role in The Avengers a lot of fans have been looking forward to a new solo Hulk adventure, so what are the odds Ruffalo?
Who knows, really? That’s such an amorphous thing. Nobody has talked to me about that yet. It seems people want it, but it’s tough. They’ve already done two of ‘em, and they’ve only done two Thors, they had a nice run on Iron Man. I feel like they have their plates full. There’s probably other people they’re keen on doing but I think people have shown that they’re ready to see another one.
For now though, we know as an absolute fact that the Hulk will appear in Age of Ultron, and his participation in Avengers missions will be tested when, at some point, the Hulk goes off script and is taken under hand by Iron Man using the Hulkbuster armor. Ruffalo teases that moment below saying:
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.
So does “designed the contingency plan” mean that Banner is the creator of the Hulkbuster armor? Intriguing implications if true as it suggests further that some of the main themes of Age of Ultron will be doubt, doubting yourself and being your own worst enemy. Definitely, more intriguing hints of what’s to come.
Avengers: Age of Ultron opens on May 1.