Mark Ruffalo gave a lengthy and interesting interview with Collider in which the Avengers: Age of Ultron star dished on Paul Bettany’s Vision, that eagerly anticipated Hulkbuster scene, whether there will be more Hulk talk, Scarlet Witch’s role in the flick, and a few more things.
The interview took place over the summer when Age of Ultron was still filming, and the actor had quite a few things to say about the upcoming Marvel flick.
First off, everyone's favorite android, the Vision. So what did Ruffalo have to say about him?
The Vision is the Vision. He is so dope, and he’s my baby. [Laughs] Yeah, he’s pretty incredible. The idea of him and where he comes from. He’s very independent. It’s a really great character. Yeah, people are going to love the Vision...and Ultron is amazing. He’s amazing. It’s really good.
He’s a specimen when he walks onto that thing. He’s like, the perfect man. He’s the Vision.
Sounds like the actor has a bit of a man-crush over the android formerly known as J.A.R.V.I.S.!
Ruffalo also touched upon how Bruce Banner was dealing with being the Hulk, saying:
Banner and Hulk have kind of come to a detente [laughs]. We left this last one with this idea that I’m always angry and therefore I have some control over it, but like anger, when you think you have control over it, you absolutely don’t. So there’s still a wrangling going on and there’s a confrontation brewing between the Hulk consciousness and the Banner consciousness that I think we’re starting to head into right now.
I think he’s trying to become more part of a group. I don’t think he’s ever felt like part of a family or part of something, he’s always been this outsider on the run trying to shun humanity. But now I feel like he has the idea that maybe he is a part of something. He’s trying to really be part of something and feels more comfortable I think with the fantasy that he can actually be part of something. But I still think it’s a struggle for him and I never think that he quite has it under control. I think in this version he’s sort of as close to having a normal life as he possibly could, which might include some romance, but is that ever possible for Banner? That’s really the question.
One of the best lines Ruffalo got to say as the Hulk was the awesome “puny god,” which got a lot of laughs from fans. Will there be more of those for the hulking green giant in the upcoming Avengers sequel?
We’re sort of still working it out. He will, we’re just trying to figure out – there’s a couple different places to do it, but he’s not going to have a soliloquy, not yet anyway. We’re working for that. Joss has a couple ideas where to put that.
Ruffalo also touched upon a scene we're dying to see. You know, the one in which the Hulk fights Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in his Hulkbuster armor:
It’s a little bit like Cool Hand Luke that way. “Do you think you could beat me? I’ll beat the crap out of you. Then I beat the crap out of him. It’s kind of like that, but not totally like that. It has a surprise to it, a little twist to it as well.
And what about the new kids on the block? Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) — who can use magic, hypnosis and telekinesis — and her twin brother speedster Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson)?
She’s able to bring out…[pauses] the worst in us. There are people in our lives who can do that, and somehow when you’re an actor you tend to gravitate towards those people, but she’s that bad – it’s like Sid and Nancy. She’s everyone’s Nancy.
I love Wanda and Pietro, Quicksilver, they’re cool. They’re really cool and good characters.
Last but not least, what’s going to be Bruce Banner’s interaction with the big bad villain of the piece Ultron (James Spader)?
We have a lot of scenes together as a group, I don’t really – I have a couple one on one things with him, but I love him. He’s great, and he’s going to be...it’s like King Lear. It’s great.
Did Mark Ruffalo whet your appetite for Avengers: Age of Ultron?