‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is still nearly a year-and-a-half before it’s released and we already have been receiving great info for this third film in the Thor franchise. It’s been almost two weeks since the confirmation of several additions to the cast, including Cate Blanchett (Hela), Jeff Goldblum (Grandmaster), Karl Urban (Skurge), Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie) and Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner/The Hulk confirmed to appear. That right there is a great indicator that this film will be more of a team-up film than a solo story. Now we are hearing that this movie has some great surprises lined up for fans that will further establish the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (more…)
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 Inhumansin 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. (more…)
After Mark Ruffalo‘s superb performance playing the Hulk in Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers(2012), his incarnation as the green-monster-with-anger-issues became a fan favorite; leading to the ultimate question “When will Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) be getting his own film.” Thusly, when Marvel Studios started rolling out Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor standalone movies, the Hulks absence from Marvel‘s release schedules became more apparent. Mark Ruffalo has appeased fans slightly by promising that the Hulk has a much bigger role in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but will this suffice? It actually turns out there is a reason the Hulk has not been included in Marvel’s scheduling for a solo outing in the Cinematic Universe, and although you may be disappointed at first, it’s actually a really cool reason. We will leave you to judge for yourselves. (more…)
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.
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.
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?
In what’s either going to be extremely awesome, or extremely disappointing news depending on whether or not it’s true, El Mayimbe at Latino Review has dropped a very interesting piece of scoopage.
First, a preamble. You may have noticed that the Hulk has been mysteriously absent from the development slate of Marvel Phase II. True, Guillermo Del Toro and David Eicke were developing a live-action TV series based on the Hulk, but del Toro himself has confirmed that those plans more or less ground to a halt a year ago. It’s also true that Mark Ruffalo, who played the character to some acclaim in The Avengers, is signed on for five more Marvel films under his contract, and doesn’t it seem rather unlikely that Marvel would keep Ruffalo in the back pocket until Avengers 2 in 2015?
So could Marvel be planning something big in Hulk’s future? More than another solo film, but an event that ties together all the characters introduced and not yet introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What possible, Hulk-centric story could possibly do that?
If you said Planet Hulk, then you get the prize.
In the comics, Planet Hulk is a storyline where in a group of the world’s most powerful heroes called The Illuminati – which is made up of Iron Man, Mr. Fantastic, Black Bolt, Professor X, Namor the Sub-Mariner, and Doctor Strange – send the Hulk into space after one too many rampages. Hulk crash lands on the planet Sakaar, where after leading a rebellion against the tyrants that rule the planet, the Hulk finally manages to find peace, even taking a mate. But when the ship that carried him to Sakaar explodes, and kills his pregnant wife and many of the planet’s inhabitants, the Hulk leads his army home to get revenge on the heroes that sent him to space in the first place in the storyline World War Hulk.
So how could this breakdown in movie form? Mayimbe reveals that Avengers 2 will feature a Hulk gone wild, and the end result will be a decision by multiple power players in the MCU deciding to cast the Hulk out into space. This would lead to a solo Planet Hulk movie to be released sometime between Avengers 2 and Avengers 3, which would then be followed by a full-on World War Hulk that would make up the storyline in Avengers 3.
Impressed yet? That would be a bold decision on the part of Marvel to pursue this plan. It would definitely require a degree of inter-connectivity rarely seen across franchises, even more than Marvel’s dipped their toe in thus far. But given Ruffalo’s popularity as Bruce Banner/the Hulk, and the characterization by Joss Whedon in The Avengers, Marvel would have to be crazy not to want to capitalize on that. And doing Planet Hulk would give a lot of meat for an actor like Ruffalo to chew on while doing something completely different than watching Bruce Banner on the run from Thunderbolt Ross for another 90 minutes.
Phase II kicks off later this year with Iron Man 3, and continues on through Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers 2. Phase III will feature Ant Man and rumored projects like Doctor Strange, Black Panther and more. The Avengers 2 is scheduled for release on May 1, 2015.
The Avengers will be available on DVD and Blu-ray next month. To whet the appetites of nerds everywhere, Marvel has released a deleted scene featuring Bruce Banner.
Memba that scene where Bruce Banner fell from the S.H.I.E.L.D. hellicarrier crashing into an old abandoned warehouse? The same one where Harry Dean Stanton wakes him up and has a bit of sage-like moment?Yeah, that scene was actually 56 seconds longer.
Well, here’s the full scene, as it was intended:
As you can see, Joss Whedon intended this moment to play up Banner’s “Who am I?”struggle. However, you can see why it was cut. It’s rather awkward.
The clip will be included in The Avengers Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and DVD which will be available on September 25th, 2012
Joss Whedon has quite the ensemble on his hands for The Avengers. A Norse God, an American super-soldier from WWII, a playboy millionaire who cruises around in what’s basically a very personal jet, a giant green monster-sometimes scientist, some dude with arrows and a hot, Russian chick whose plan to fight aliens includes a pistol. Seriously, what’s up with the gun Black Widow has in that group, 360 shot from The Avengers trailer? What is she going to be able to accomplish with that!? Chick deserves a bigger gun, is all I’m saying.
Anyway, Whedon was interviewed for the newest issue of SFX Magazine and we’ve got a few quotes to share where he specifically talks Hulk,
QUESTION: This is Marvel’s third shot at bringing the Hulk to the big screen. What did you need to get right?
WHEDON: So much. A Bruce Banner who’s not obsessed with his own problems. A Hulk who not only feels flesh and blood, but is clearly an extension of Banner himself and not just a CGI thing that roars. A Hulk who feels dangerous, who might actually hurt someone we care about, who belongs in a classic horror film. And much more. He’s the hardest character by far, and ended up being the most fun.
QUESTION: What does Mark Ruffalo bring to the role of Bruce Banner?
WHEDON: Mark is such a delightful mensch it’s stupid. His Banner is a bunch of contradictions: graceful and awkward, meek and confident, erudite and working class, funny and sad. And contradictions are what the Banner/Hulk dynamic are all about. Also, Mark kinda looks like the Hulk. So we got to build our Hulk from him.
QUESTION: We’re missing such classic Avengers characters as the Scarlet Witch and The Vision from this line-up. Are there other Avengers you’d love to bring to the screen?
WHEDON: A boatload. Pretty much everyone but Wonder Man. I never did figure out what he was for.
Ha! Sucks to be Wonder Man.
I am really interested to see Ruffalo’s take on the character, and how we’ll see his performance come through in The Hulk. Personally, I loved Edward Nortons’ Bruce Banner so having yet another actor step into the role will be weird. I don’t think anyone woulds say they’re really excited to see Banner on screen. Changing the actor portraying Banner has hurt any kind of bond the audience might have formed with the character. The Hulk on the other hand, well, I think we’re all excited to see him wreckin’ stuff, but hopefully he’ll demonstrate other assets besides, “HULK SMASH!”
The issue of SFX with Whedon’s full interview goes on sale Wednesday, March 7th.