Mark Ruffalo says Avengers cast is going to SDCC and they're bringing Hulk
I don't think it's any secret that AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON will have a little something to show us come this year's San Diego Comic Con. With the film opening in May of next year, that means this will be the only SDCC before the film's release to show us what Marvel and Joss Whedon have up their sleeves in regards to the sequel of the highest grossing comic book film of all time. Mark Ruffalo recently had a little chat about SDCC and while confirming that the cast will be flying out of London to visit the masses and that we may see some "Hulk-a-phernalia", he also has a few more things to say about his character going forward.
In regards to the difficulty of a stand alone Hulk film:
Hes a tough nut to crack of all of them, I think. Hes the one person who doesnt want to do the very thing that all of us are dying to see him do and hes the one person who doesnt want to be there, and so it can get very maudlin. It could get very boring to watch the guy whos moping around who doesnt want to do the very thing that were all dying to see him do. And so I think thats the tough part of cracking that nut. I think thats whats made it problematical in the past.
But I do feel like weve gained some ground on this new version of him, which has hes sort of turning to face himself, and I think the relationship between Banner and The Hulk as a conscious conflict, it could be really interesting. The one thing that I think The Hulk is terrified of is Banner, and thats never really been mined. And now with this new motion capture technology, we can do something really exciting with Hulk that weve never been able to do performance-wise that I am hoping when were talking about doing a new version of this, that were really talking about having a relationship between these two entities that is conscious of each other and in conflict with each other in a really cool, interesting way.
In regards to the technology used to transfer is performance to the Hulk:
Were a little bit behind on the motion capture technology as far as facial recognition in real time. Now we have, when I put on my motion capture suit, I look in front of me and theres me as The Hulk. Theres The Hulk. Every move I make, The Hulks making it and so you have this immediate feedback like almost looking in a mirror, but instead of seeing myself, I see The Hulk, but they havent come up to speed on the facial recognition that way. They can capture the facial the new technology is we can shoot the body recognition and the facial recognition at the same time, so now you can integrate performance, physical performance with the actual face and voice, but by the time were ready to probably if we do another Hulk that technology will be in real time and once that happens, thered be no limit to what you can do creatively as far as your physical being is concerned. I can play a freakin parasite in the ass of a worm if I so decided to play it!
Its so exciting. Theres no limit to where we can go. I hope to be a pioneer in this space with Andy Serkis. I worked a lot with him on this. Im very excited by what hes doing. We are retraining the studio to see this as integral a part as the first unit. This is not second or third unit or motion capture unit. This is first unit. This is performance. Its completely driven by the actor and it has to be honored as much as anything else, so thats kind of where were heading with this technology and its very exciting.
There were so many things to look forward to in the AVENGERS film that Hulk almost blindsided us with how awesome he was. I've always enjoyed the character of the Hulk in theory, but agree that they just haven't been able to get it right on his own just yet. The Avengers films have a huge advantage in that there are so many characters to jump around to. That keeps the pace going, the interest going, and one never feels the fatigue of being with the same character too long if the story falters. I'm happy that Mark Ruffalo is excited to move forward with the Hulk, and I look forward to seeing what Whedon and Co. have in store for us at next month's Comic Con.
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON will arrive in theaters May 1, 2015.
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