One of the most interesting characters in the movie Avengers has to be Hulk, Bruce Banner, played by Mark Ruffalo. The actor finally nails the character in the movie and yet still is kept for only the movies – so far – where the who team comes together.
As such, we have me Iron Man, Captain America and Thor again since the first Avengers movie, plus a whole new team in Guardians of the Galaxy, but are left to wonder what Banner has been doing since he threw Loki around like a rag dog.
Talking to Total Film, Ruffalo has filled in a few of the blanks: “Banner’s been living in Stark Tower. They’ve been working side by side and Bruce has his own lab now. He’s doing work that augments Tony’s own, which could lead to an experiment going wrong…” Could this be part of the reason why we saw that battle between Hulk and the Hulkbuster in the trailer? We’ll have to wait and see, but Bruce will be getting a lot closer to at least one of his fellow Avengers! “His relationship with Natasha deepens. There’s something similar about the two of them. I see them as lost souls. They’re kindred in some ways.”
So he’s more at home with who he now is, but surely that won’t last – we’ve seen Hulk and Iron Man stand off in the trailer, so it’s safe to assume all is not well in the sequel: “He does feel more comfortable with himself. His confidence is getting better. But, you know, that gets shaken. His ability to handle the Hulk really gets thrown into question in this film. The hard part is coming back. Hulk doesn’t want to cede his place. It’s much harder to come back from being Hulk than it is to get into him.
“I think there’s a whole other chapter we haven’t seen yet where you find the other nuances within him. The battle of identity going on between him and Banner is all about establishing dominance. The only thing that Hulk is really afraid of is Banner. That’s an interesting dynamic.” Oh, and for those of you worrying that Avengers: Age of Ultron will be too dark, Ruffalo promises: “What Joss is going after is really big. But there’s still lots of laughs. There’s some goofy stuff. I mean, it’s Whedon!”
It certainly seems like director Joss Whedon aims to push the Hulk to the fore this time around. Which can only be a good thing.