It’s not hard to think that Hulk had some of the best moments in the original Avengers. From his battle with Thor, to one-punching the giant metal dragon, to saving Iron Man, there was a lot of epicness for him to have. With Age of Ultron coming though, it appears as though the true struggle between Bruce Banner and Hulk will be brought to bear, at least according to Mark Ruffalo.
“There’s a battle going on between these two opposing egos that live inside him,” says Ruffalo. “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.”
But wait, WILL there be a Hulk solo movie? Ruffalo notes how it may be better for Banner/Hulk to remain a part of the Avengers…and not much else…
“It’s a tough nut to crack,” he admits. “Traditionally you’re watching a guy who doesn’t want to do the very thing that you want him to do. It’s hard to take for two hours. I don’t know how many times you can use that same framing for it, but now he’s maturing and there’s a cool dynamic growing between Banner and The Hulk. And the CGI is so much better. The stuff we can do now, you can do a real performance. I’ve been working with Andy Serkis [at his Imaginarium studio] and he has it set up where you go in there and you just start working on a character. It is so exciting to me, because I can do whatever I can imagine, with a team of people of course.”
So there you go. Oh, and did I forget to mention that Banner is actually the reason the Hulkbuster armor exists? Well…he is!