The superhero franchise wars took a serious turn today when Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo (Down and Ruff: Superheroes in the daytime, super 1970s homicide detectives in the nighttime) engaged Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen in the theater of SRAFTBFF (Super Rich and Famous Thespian Best Friends Forever) selfie adorableness combat.
After there is jumping, there shall be pictures!
For the most part giving the same impression as Scarlet Johansson last week, Mark Ruffalo recently spoke to MTV about The Avengers: Age of Ultron and shared his thoughts on Joss Whedon‘s script, (more…)
Mark Ruffalo got a lot of positive reaction to his portrayal as Bruce Banner/The Hulk in last summer’s The Avengers, and while some have said that his iteration of the character is “The Best” ever put to screen, is Ruffalo truly the best Hulk?
Well one other actor who played the Hulk is staking a claim. Lou Ferrigno played the Green Goliath in the 1977-82 TV series The Incredible Hulk, as well as in a number of follow-up TV movies. Ferrigno says that no one can play the Hulk like he could because Eric Bana, Edward Norton and Mark Ruffalo’s Hulks were all brought to life through CGI and motion capture, and not because the actors themselves bulked up and slathered on green pant. The difference, according to Ferrigno, is that feeling of reality.
“I was the first to bring superhero muscles to the screen and to make it more believable. There’s still people who prefer to watch the old show over the newer things because it’s real, not CGI,” Ferrigno told The LA Times. “The Hulk was the beginning of me, a platform as an actor to grow. I don’t think anybody else can play the Hulk like I could. I was able to show emotions even with all of the makeup. I don’t think it can be duplicated.”
He may have a point, but then again ask anybody if motion capture can’t render (pun intended) a great performance and they’ll point you to Andy Serkis as Gollum in the Lord of the Ring movies among others. Still, Ferrigno deserves some credit for being the first live-action Hulk, and for doing it without computer graphics assistance.
What do you Bastards think, is their a better Hulk than Ferrigno, or is it reality for the win?
Source: Comic Book Movie
Can Joseph Gordon Levitt grow convincing facial hair? This is the question on everyone’s mind following the latest Doctor Strange rumor, but as Marvel readies for it’s next phase, some people are wondering when The House of Mouse and The House of Ideas will let the Hulk smash in his own solo adventure film.
Sadly, we’re no close to knowing when that time will come (yet), but there is a new RUMOR today, coming from Comic Book Movie that may shed some light on the possible direction of this film, and if true, that direction should sound very familiar to fans of the current Marvel comic series, Indestructible Hulk.
In the comic, Bruce Banner decides to use himself as a weapon for good, cutting a deal with S.H.I.E.L.D. that will allow him to run a research lab with a staff of his choosing and the goal of innovating. In exchange for this, Banner lends the Hulk to S.H.I.E.L.D. for deployment against the biggest of the bads. It’s a Mark Waid creation, so you know it’s good and meaty, and it really could make for an interesting concept for a film if they go this way.
An Indestructible Hulk film could also open up a few other speculation windows, like: would Maria Hill appear (she’d sorta have to), and could this very S.H.I.E.L.D. based project loop in ABC’s upcoming Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show in some way?
We’ll have to wait to find out anything tangible on those questions and if this is really the road that Marvel wants to go down with Mark Ruffalo’s first standalone Hulk film, but for now, we should all just be devastated that Science Bros the cinema film seems so very far away.
Source: Comic Book Movie
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.
Marvel‘s Cinematic Universe is a big hit, yes? Judging by all the box office records broken by The Avengers, now only to be re-broken by Iron Man 3 with its $700 million+ earned so far, it’s safe to say there’s no franchise bigger or more profitable than Marvel’s. And at this point, you have to wonder how much of this franchise’s success is from love of these characters, or was it the performances of Roberty Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth that made Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor mega-stars?
By now, Marvel’s got themselves a reputation of tying actors into long contracts for little pay – obviously, we’re talking comparatively, whatever an actor makes can never really be called “little pay” – which works out great for Disney and Marvel when they’re looking to make at least two or three sequels. Evans’ is current signed into a six-picture deal, after renegotiating down from nine, and Mark Ruffalo is signed on for six, Avengers being his first. And what their paid is a pitiful fraction of their film’s earnings.
Not so for RDJ. He, smartly, had his agents renegotiate his contract after the first Iron Man which is what allowed him to take home over $50 million from The Avengers‘ haul. And he’s doing so again, because officially RDJ doesn’t have to put on the metal suit even if Tony Stark/Iron Man are an integral part of The Avengers 2. So the question is, how much will Marvel have to pony up to re-sign RDJ? And is that an option? I know, I know, it’s unimaginable to think they’d ever recast Tony Stark but if a company believes they can make a good enough product for cheaper, they will. Let us not forget, as Screen Rant rightly reminds us, Terrance Howard was the highest paid actor in Iron Man and look how quickly they recast him once he asked for more money.
Now, yes, Howard is no RDJ, but what of his Avengers‘ co-stars? How will they fare in their contract negotiations? Deadline is reporting they are rallying behind RDJ, who with his success both at the box office and in negotiations, has become something of a leader.
He’s the only guy with real power in this situation. and balls of steel, too. He’s already sent a message that he’s not going to work for a place where they treat his colleagues like shit.
What if RDJ holds off on resigning in order for his fellow Avengers to get better deals? Will Marvel play that game, or will they simply recast and possibly downsize his role? Honestly, I think it’s tough to tell what they’ll do, but I, like many of you, can’t see anyone besides RDJ in the role. And I’d figure Marvel and Disney will be checking these box office figures, collected again by Screen Rant, showing the gross of the Marvel films with and without RDJ,
$585 million – Iron Man
$624 million – Iron Man 2
$1,512 million – The Avengers
$711 million – Iron Man 3 (in less than two weeks)
$263 million – The Incredible Hulk
$369 million – Captain America: The First Avengers
$449 million – Thor
Soo, where do you think this leaves us? Can Marvel re-assemble The Avengers?
For those unfamiliar with Science Bros., it’s one of those Internet things, created by fans of the science tag-team that is Tony Stark and Bruce Banner. Naturally, since Robert Downey, Jr. and Mark Ruffalo played those iconic characters in the films, they’ve ended up as the staple faces of said Science Bros. phenomenon. This fan-love graces the digital airwaves in many forms, from depicting the pair as science-wielding bad-asses to…er, showing some more intimate moments between the two (mainly with each other). Apparently, Mark Ruffalo knew nothing about the trend and was asked about it in an interview with vulture.com. Check out the actor’s rather amused response below.
As quoted from vulture.com, Ruffalo’s response was as follows:
“Are you joking?” he asked as he began scrolling through the images. “There’s all this art of me and Robert?” Giggles gave way to full belly laughter. A concerned publicist came over, though Ruffalo was laughing so hard that he could barely explain himself to her.
“Is that a cartoon of you?” she asked.
“Yes! It’s me and Robert! Look at this! There’s thousands of them!” Ruffalo tried to contain himself. “It’s called the Science Bros. This is awesome. I’ve never heard of it. Why hasn’t anyone told me about that?”
So, what was Ruffalo’s final judgment?
Yeah! I love it; it’s awesome. I endorse it 100 percent. You know what it is? It’s open-source creativity. I’m going to call him [Robert Downey, Jr.] and tell him, and he’s going to laugh his ass off. He’ll love that.
Well, it’s always nice to know that the actors portraying our super hero favorites have a sense of humor. Hopefully we’ll get to see more of Ruffalo as The Hulk in the near future. And hopefully the Science Bros. trend can avoid any homoerotic pairing between Stark and Banner in his big green form. I mean, ouch.
Thanks to vulture for the interview.
The Marvel movies have made it more rewarding to sit through their lengthy credits with the post-credits scene. First seen at the very end of Iron Man, the short sequence between Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) was the beginning of what would become known as Phase 1, the creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the first step towards The Avengers. In that film they changed things up even a little more by including a mid-credits scene in addition to the now infamous, post-credit Shawarma scene.
Iron Man 3 continues this tradition and since the film has already held a premiere in Paris there are those – like the attendee who gave this description to Latino-Review – who are willing to share just what the new post-credits sequence is. Want to know? Hit the jump for their description. Obvious SPOILER warning, is obvious.
The Internet is a hot bed of rumors and wishful hopes for Marvel fan-boys and girls and the latest round of Hulk movie rumors are a fine example. Ever since Mark Ruffalo‘s fantastic version of the Hulk (Along with the terrific special effects of ILM) hit the big screen in Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers, Hulk fans have been hoping for a stand alone Hulk movie that would make the hero shine.
Planet Hulk and World War Hulk are recent Hulk stories that fans would love to see on the big screen and I include myself in that group of Hulk fanatics. El Mayimbe of The Latino Review reported that there was a Hulk movie in the mix, but soon Whedon and now Ruffalo both have pretty much squashed that rumor.
Ruffalo took on the rumors when asked on Twitter late last night.
So we’ve got the Director and the lead actor both shooting down rumors of a stand alone Hulk movie. It is interesting that both Whedon and Ruffalo’s denials are for a stand alone Hulk movie before Avengers 2. Which makes sense and yet it still allows room for a Hulk movie in Phase three. El Mayimbe did day that the Hulk movie would take place after Avengers 2 when the threat of the Hulk is too much to allow him to remain on Earth.
What do you think? Do these two denials mean it won’t happen?
Everyone loved Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk in The Avengers right? So why can’ t The Hulk seem to work in a film of his own?
Well, Avengers director Joss Whedon has some thoughts about that at a recent Q&A. And via Geek Chocolate, here’s what he said about whether or not it’s possible to make a good Hulk movie:
“Yes. But it would be very, very hard. Hulk is a tricky son of a bitch. He’s the Claudio of superheroes. Because the problem is it’s a very popular character, but it’s not a superhero. Half of it’s a superhero, half of it’s a werewolf. And you can’t structure it like a superhero movie, you can’t light it like a superhero movie. How do you develop that? It would be extremely difficult. The one thing you would have in your favor would be Mark Ruffalo. But right now I don’t know if they have plans to do that or not, because he works so well as part of a greater whole, but by himself, it’s tough. I don’t envy the guys who went before.”
Whedon forgot to mention that any Hulk movie is also part-Fugitive, so that’s at least three different genres you have to mesh together into order to create a decent Hulk flick. I think The Incredible Hulk came pretty close to getting that mixture right, but it wasn’t perfect.
What do you Bastards think? Did Whedon nail it on the head, or is he way off?