As we all know, the raging Incredible Hulk is not the reason we're getting 'The Avengers' in a few years. Nope, most of that is all due to that flamboyant Tony Stark and his 'Iron Man' popularity. In the last seven years, we've been treated to two Bruce Banner films -- Ang Lee's 'Hulk' and Louis Leterrier's 'The Incredible Hulk.' As far as potential blockbuster franchises go, neither did very well. Each failed to even make their budgets back on the domestic gross, and cast a general air of malaise on the iconic and plagued superhero. But things are changing with 'The Avengers,' especially when it comes to way Hulk is brought to life on screen. Mark Ruffalo has announced that he will use motion capture technology to become the infamous green monster.
Could that make all the difference?
Vulture chatted with the actor last week, and Ruffalo said: "I'm really excited. No one's ever played the Hulk exactly, they've always done CGI. They're going to do the 'Avatar' stop-action, stop-motion capture. So I'll actually play the Hulk. That'll be fun." The guy might be mixing up techniques -- it's doubtful we'll see a green Hulk 'Rudolph the Reindeer'-style -- but motion capture might just be the magic the recent big-screen versions were missing. There will still be a bit of a disconnect between human skin and computer-generated Hulky madness, but to have some nuance and humanity to the movements would be a welcome change.
And if this possibly tweaks your TV-Hulk hearts, get ready to squee. Ruffalo also stated: "I really loved the first TV version of it, the Bill Bixby one. I'm gonna shoot for that a little bit. He was an everyman in it. He's always on the run and trying to find love. It's really a sympathetic character, before he turns into the Hulk and f**ks everything up."
Not surprisingly, Ruffalo also coyly confirmed that 'The Avengers' will be going 3D, adding that he hopes he doesn't "bulge in anyone's face." This doesn't come as too much of a shock, especially considering the fact that both 'Thor' and 'Captain America: The First Avenger' will be arriving in 3D. Until we're told otherwise, we'll assume Joss Whedon won't be shooting the film in 3D (since none of the other Marvel films were shot in 3D due to logistical reasons), and instead they'll simply convert in post-production. 'The Avengers' hits theaters on May 4th, 2012.
A more human Hulk with nods to the beloved television series? Is it possible the Hulk has finally found his path to big-screen success, at least in the special effects department?