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The Avenger's Joss Whedon says his Hulk belongs in a classic horror film

Mar. 6, 2012by:

In the latest issue of SFX (which hits newsstands tomorrow), director Joss Whedon discussed his version of the Hulk and how actor Mark Ruffalo tackled the role.  Some interesting tidbits, especially the "classic horror film" comparison of Hulk, who has much more in common with the Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde character than any other horror character. 

Here's what Whedon had to say:

This is Marvel’s third shot at bringing the Hulk to the big screen. What did you need to get right?


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.

 What does Mark Ruffalo bring to the role of Bruce Banner?


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.

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?

A boatload. Pretty much everyone but Wonder Man. I never did figure out what he was for.

Marvel's THE AVENGERS unleashes The Hulk yet again on May 4th, 2012.

Extra Tidbit: I'd like to see a throwdown between the Hulk and Mr. Hyde from The League of Extraordinary Gentleman. Who would you like to see Hulk "smash?"
Source: Comic Book MovieSFX

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5:49AM on 03/07/2012
Hulk vs. Apocalypse
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9:52PM on 03/06/2012
Hulk vs. Solomon Grundy
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6:10PM on 03/06/2012

good news!

Glad to see Hulk getting the much attention he deserves! and i hope he's the key in this film!

Tidbit: Id like to see Hulk take on MARVEL!! in Incredible Hulk v2 #300. He destroys SHEILD, and all the Avengers it's epic!! In World War Hulk #1 Hulk Beats down Iron man! I would love to see Hulk vs The Marvel Universe, its a great testament to how powerful Hulk really is!
Glad to see Hulk getting the much attention he deserves! and i hope he's the key in this film!

Tidbit: Id like to see Hulk take on MARVEL!! in Incredible Hulk v2 #300. He destroys SHEILD, and all the Avengers it's epic!! In World War Hulk #1 Hulk Beats down Iron man! I would love to see Hulk vs The Marvel Universe, its a great testament to how powerful Hulk really is!
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1:27AM on 03/07/2012
What IF #45, awesome ish.
What IF #45, awesome ish.
6:02PM on 03/06/2012
Hulk smash Justin Bieber!!!!!
Hulk smash Justin Bieber!!!!!
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3:46PM on 03/06/2012
Out of all of the characters we are going to see again and for the very first time, I think seeing the Incredible Hulk has to be the most exciting. I really, really hope they keep true to Banner/Hulk, because I have always been a die hard fan of Hulk ever since I watched the cartoon as a little kid and just think it sucks us fans can't get a proper franchise for the beloved character.

Since this is a sort of another "re-imagining" of the character, it should be great to see how he
Out of all of the characters we are going to see again and for the very first time, I think seeing the Incredible Hulk has to be the most exciting. I really, really hope they keep true to Banner/Hulk, because I have always been a die hard fan of Hulk ever since I watched the cartoon as a little kid and just think it sucks us fans can't get a proper franchise for the beloved character.

Since this is a sort of another "re-imagining" of the character, it should be great to see how he differentiates from Norton's Hulk. I was one of the people who was pissed that Norton was replaced, but I have now accepted that Ruffalo is the new Banner/Hulk and can't wait to see what he brings to the role. I am sure he will do a fantastic job.

I just sometimes get the impression that people don't give The Incredible Hulk and Norton the credit they deserve for bringing the big green guy back to the big screen and breathing new life into the character.

Iron Man still remains the best solo Avenger movie, but The Incredible Hulk (I think), gives it a run for its money.
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3:44PM on 03/06/2012
The Hulk NEEDS to fight Thor in the movie. It HAS to happen, no choice.
Hell, it should be an extended 20-30 min fight scene on the blu-ray.
The Hulk NEEDS to fight Thor in the movie. It HAS to happen, no choice.
Hell, it should be an extended 20-30 min fight scene on the blu-ray.
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3:31PM on 03/06/2012

really really really really

hoping that they still do the classic Avengers storyline with this movie. I realize because it's a two hour feature they have to expand it (and obviously it looks like they're doing that) but I really hope they have the whole evil-Hulk thing who the Avengers have to stop first, then turn him to the good side, THEN take on Loki... fingers crossed!
hoping that they still do the classic Avengers storyline with this movie. I realize because it's a two hour feature they have to expand it (and obviously it looks like they're doing that) but I really hope they have the whole evil-Hulk thing who the Avengers have to stop first, then turn him to the good side, THEN take on Loki... fingers crossed!
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2:46PM on 03/06/2012
looking forward to The Avengers, especially The Hulk. hoping to avoid the previous portrayals of the Green Giant yelling and looking sad.
looking forward to The Avengers, especially The Hulk. hoping to avoid the previous portrayals of the Green Giant yelling and looking sad.
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2:35PM on 03/06/2012
I don't think we need to jump down Whedon's throat about his first comment here. What I take away from it, is that we've already seen Banner/Hulk fighting what's inside him... do we really need that yet again? Besides, in the Norton/Hulk film, Banner was working on controlling it, which he seems to have accomplished by the end. It's refreshing to see a Banner that has accepted it instead of him in a lab trying to find a cure.
I don't think we need to jump down Whedon's throat about his first comment here. What I take away from it, is that we've already seen Banner/Hulk fighting what's inside him... do we really need that yet again? Besides, in the Norton/Hulk film, Banner was working on controlling it, which he seems to have accomplished by the end. It's refreshing to see a Banner that has accepted it instead of him in a lab trying to find a cure.
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2:33PM on 03/06/2012

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Hulk needs to have a brawl with Thor in the Avngers. It just has to happen
Hulk needs to have a brawl with Thor in the Avngers. It just has to happen
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1:42PM on 03/06/2012

tidbit

hulk vs. predator
hulk vs. predator
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1:36PM on 03/06/2012

It's not easy being green!

Well at least it's not for the Hulk! Color me excited. I cannot wait for this movie!!

And I agree, there is nothing wrong with the Ed Norton Hulk. It's one of my top 3 favorite Marvel movies (speaking of the Marvel Studios released on their own).
Well at least it's not for the Hulk! Color me excited. I cannot wait for this movie!!

And I agree, there is nothing wrong with the Ed Norton Hulk. It's one of my top 3 favorite Marvel movies (speaking of the Marvel Studios released on their own).
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1:33PM on 03/06/2012
Visually this really does look like the best on screen iteration of the Hulk to me.
It'll be interesting to see if character matches.
Visually this really does look like the best on screen iteration of the Hulk to me.
It'll be interesting to see if character matches.
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1:30PM on 03/06/2012

This big headed asshat....

never read a hulk comic, it's just obvious, because for years Banner was only obsessed with the monster and getting rid of it, and the events of Incredible Hulk are not that far along in the timeline. And, by the way, Wonder-Man, while being very one-dimensional, was a dependable save the day type, much like Cage was at the start of his run, not too powerful, but dependable. Go read some Hulk you moron.
never read a hulk comic, it's just obvious, because for years Banner was only obsessed with the monster and getting rid of it, and the events of Incredible Hulk are not that far along in the timeline. And, by the way, Wonder-Man, while being very one-dimensional, was a dependable save the day type, much like Cage was at the start of his run, not too powerful, but dependable. Go read some Hulk you moron.
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4:50PM on 03/06/2012
/rolls eyes/
/rolls eyes/
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1:26PM on 03/06/2012

Wonder woman?!

Wonder Woman=?! *facepalm*
Wonder Woman=?! *facepalm*
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2:46PM on 03/06/2012
Reading is hard.
Reading is hard.
7:52PM on 04/02/2012
JAJAJAJA totally missread... *nothing to do here*
JAJAJAJA totally missread... *nothing to do here*
1:22PM on 03/06/2012
Ha ha , I love the Wonder Man dismissal
Ha ha , I love the Wonder Man dismissal
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1:05PM on 03/06/2012

Sounds Good

...but, for the record, there was nothing wrong with Ed Norton's Hulk.
...but, for the record, there was nothing wrong with Ed Norton's Hulk.
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3:33PM on 03/06/2012
hell yeah. If it wasn't for Iron Man and Thor in this movie I'd be fucking pissed at Marvel... I'm still mad at them for screwing Norton like that as him in this movie would've been AMAZING (plus a direct sequel to TIC would be awesome)
hell yeah. If it wasn't for Iron Man and Thor in this movie I'd be fucking pissed at Marvel... I'm still mad at them for screwing Norton like that as him in this movie would've been AMAZING (plus a direct sequel to TIC would be awesome)
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