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Joss Whedon Comments On The Mark Ruffalo/The Hulk Movie Debate

Reported by Outsiders - 2013.03.08

We reported a story yesterday that Deadline carried after Mark Ruffalo's expressed via Twitter about The Hulk character and Marvel movies. Ruffalo wanted to let people know that the next time we will see the Hulk character is in Avengers 2 and no stand-alone movie is being considered at this time. He did want people to know that he would be more than willing to do a Hulk movie. Now, Joss Whedon weighs in at Deadline and talks about the rumors of the World War Hulk or Planet Hulk being adapted into live action films and the past movies.

"I didnít actually read World War Hulk so Iím not sure how Iíd adapt it.

Mark and I loved the Hulk and went over and over the concept of rage and how it should manifest, and that part of it was fascinating to both of us. But when it comes time for the Hulk he has to put on the silliest damn pajamas you ever saw, a tiara made of balls, and a bunch of dots on his face and growl around like an idiot. The real heart of the experience ultimately becomes playing Banner, and the thing that people fell in love with was Banner because I think Mark has you from the first time he shows up.

The Hulk is the most difficult Marvel property because itís always about balance. Is he a monster? Is he a hero? Are you going to root for a protagonist who spends all his time trying to stop the reason you came to the movie from happening? Itís always a dance. I donít think the first two movies nailed it, but I donít envy them the task. It was easier to have him in a group than to build everything around him. I donít think there would be any problem getting a movie together that had enough Banner, even if there was also Hulk. But if he was only Hulk for the entire movie I think Mark at some point would go, why am I here? I would be less inclined to pursue a storyline where the Hulk is only ever the Hulk."

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