Now it is impossible for fans to imagine someone else playing Iron Man who is not Robert Downey Jr. But like the Marvel Cinematic Universe almost had a Tony Stark different, another actor almost played Bruce Banner in The Avengers. And no, we’re not talking about Edward Norton.
Rather, the actor Mark Ruffalo, who has played Banner / Hulk since 2012, initially rejected the role. But later on he got tired, first rejected the offer to join the MCU. And in retrospect, her hesitation makes a lot of sense, given the race Ruffalo until that time.
Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo in a press conference of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” | Visual China Group through . / Visual China Group through .
The Incredible Hulk is one of the only significant changes in MCU
In 2008, Marvel Studios had just a roll of the dice on the potential to build to The Avengers when The Hulk arrived in cinemas. The last film served as a reboot of Hulk 2003 and replaced Eric Bana with the actor Oscar nominee Edward Norton. But the relationship of Norton with Marvel soon soured, and the actor walked away from the franchise.
Surprisingly, the role of Bruce Banner is one of the few major Marvel has been consolidated since the beginning of the MCU. Like Norton, Terrence Howard came into conflict with Marvel Studios. And when it came time for Iron Man 2, Don Cheadle joined the cast as James “Rhodey” Rhodes. Over the years, the details behind both versions of MCU have come to light gradually.
But whatever the case, Marvel Studios needed a new actor to join The Avengers, writer / director Joss Whedon. And both Whedon as Downey believed that they had found their man in Mark Ruffalo. Downey had starred previously with the actor in Zodiac the 2007, after all. All they had to do was convince Ruffalo that could play the role technically challenging.
Mark Ruffalo tried to get to join “The Avengers”
Play Banner is simple enough. But the Hulk is another story. The green goliath requires a heavy use of CGI and motion capture technology to bring to life the performance of an actor. Although Ruffalo had been making movies since the beginning of the 1990s, had never had a role so heavy. This is precisely why I don’t want to take it, Ruffalo told Variety.
I tried to convince them not to kick me. I said, “I don’t know if I’m the right type. I’ve never done something like that. “ Between Joss and Robert, were quite convincing that I could do. I was scared. I was very scared. I still have fear. The technological aspect makes it really difficult to work that way. I struggle with that all the time. But my motto is to make fear to be your friend. Still empujándote to those places where you feel frightened or challenged.
Of course, throw Ruffalo worked for everyone. Your Hulk is easily the most popular among fans. And bring someone who had not played a character in CGI fed’s own anxiety and awkwardness out of Banner. In addition, Ruffalo has embraced the evolution of the character. As fans know, the Banner has changed much since viewers first met the version of Ruffalo in The Avengers.
Even the actor does not know what the future holds for Hulk
Particularly with his bow in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the Hulk has flourished as a character is compelling. A lot of that has to do with the performance of Ruffalo. But despite his role in saving the universe, the next appearance of the Hulk remains a mystery. However, Ruffalo has revealed that it may have a role in the next series of Disney + She-Hulk.
That program will continue to Jennifer Walters, the cousin of Banner, while developing their own powers as the Hulk. In the comics, Banner is a key part of their origin story. Given that a standalone movie for the Hulk probably won’t happen soon, She-Hulk could be the ideal way of exploring the mythology of the character. Perhaps Marvel Studios will soon confirm the plan for the future of the Hulk.