For the past little while there has been a lot of speculation (and fear) over Marvel Studios ability to conquer The Avengers scariest foe yet, contract negotiations! Can The House of Ideas and Disney re-assemble Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for future installments? I’m sure you’ve heard a few times over already that Robert Downey Jr. has gone on record saying that he and his movie teammates deserve a pay raise and that Marvel Movie head honcho Kevin Feige has quipped about possible recasting as the franchise moves forward.
Well, Moviefone caught up to Mark Ruffalo and asked him about the rumors and speculation. I’m guessing since he’d be the expert on Marvel Movie recasting at this point. So what did the third Hulk have to say?
Moviefone: Are you back for “Avengers 2?” There’s been a lot of talk about the salary negotiations.
Mark Ruffalo: I assume so. I haven’t been let go yet.
MF: Are you definitely signed on for it?
Mark Ruffalo: Oh, yeah. I’m signed for — oh my gosh — six movies altogether. Five now [after "The Avengers"].
MF: So, all this speculation about recasting Thor and The Hulk is just that, speculation?
Mark Ruffalo: That I know of. I haven’t caught wind of any of that. I was surprised to hear it, because I don’t even think anyone’s really started negotiating yet.
MF: So there’s no reason to panic?
Mark Ruffalo: No. [Laughs] Maybe people should panic, but I don’t see a reason to panic.
That’s the thing, Ruffalo, we’re nerds, we’re always panicked! *changes into Hulk, sits back down to internet*
It is also worth mentioning that it is really early to start worrying about a movie that is still two years away from release, not to mention that so far the Marvel Movies have proven to be money earners so there is a fair chance that that the studio is willing to spend a little on the principle characters to keep the cash register ringing.
Marvel’s The Avengers 2 is set to hit theaters May 1st, 2015.