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

03.06.2012

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.

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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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