Uh-oh! Mark Ruffalo says The Avengers has a political message

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Dec 16, 2012

If the trailer is any indication, The Avengers is a movie about many things: explosions, skintight suits, the clash of egos and saving the world from evil. But according to star Mark Ruffalo, it also has a deeper—and more political—message for Americans.

Ruffalo is no stranger to political activism. For the last few months he's been a proud supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement, both in person and via his Twitter page. Now it seems that even when it comes to playing a scientist and the giant green rage monster he transforms into, Ruffalo can find a deeper meaning. According to him, The Avengers is all about how we should all put aside our differences, join hands and be American heroes ... or something.

"You have all these disparate egos, superheroes in this and that, and they refuse to give up some of their positions in order to make a more perfect union and to join the team," he said. "That's really what the whole movie is about: subjugating your own best interest momentarily to further that of the whole."

OK, so it doesn't sound like Joss Whedon and company actually ended up inserting any overt political preachiness into the flick. We know it's a flick about egotistical superheroes finding a way to come together and face a common threat. That's kind of what all superhero team-up stories are about. But it seems the Hulk has found his own deeper meaning.

"These movies reach a lot of people, they're our modern mythology," he said. "I think a lot of the beliefs I have and cherish were fostered by the decency of our superheroes, and what they were about and what they were fighting for."

Well, we all remember how the guys at Fox News reacted when they thought The Muppets seemed to be pushing an "anti-capitalist" message in their movie. Imagine how they're going to react to one of Earth's Mightiest Heroes and his hippie, come-together-for-the-greater-good pontificating. It's OK, though. We're pretty sure Hulk can pretty easily smash all of the political pundits he likes.

(via Wall Street Journal)