Joss Whedon On The Hulk In The Avengers


There’s a major feature on Avengers Assemble in issue 220 of SFX (on sale Wednesday 7 March) and part of that is an exclusive interview with director Joss Whedon. In this little preview snippet he talks about his approach to the Hulk in the movie, plus he reveals one comic Avenger he’d never cast in a movie.

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.”

See a preview of SFX #220

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