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Mark Ruffalo - announced at Comic-con to have been cast as The Hulk in Joss Whedon's 'The Avengers' - recently sat down with Empire to chat about his role in Lisa Cholodenko's Sundance smash 'The Kids Are All Right.' In a related story, Empire recently sat down with Mark Ruffalo to listen to the actor go on and on about his tender domestic indie as they waited for the right time to ask about 'The Avengers.'
Ruffalo didn't offer much in the way of Marvel news, but his comments confirmed that - to no one's surprise - the company will be building movies around its marquee characters for a long time to come. The perpetually scruffy thespian revealed that, "[Marvel] set up several pictures over a couple of years and possibly there will be a Hulk movie. There'll probably be a couple more Avengers too, which would be fun."
The notion of multiple Avengers films is as obvious as it is incredible, and if the 'Avengers' is a fraction as successful as it should be, a re-boot dedicated to Ruffalo's Bruce Banner certainly seems like something of a no-brainer. If Whedon's super-group film gives the property the boost that I assume it will, perhaps it'll even be enough to afford Ruffalo's Hulk a legitimate series whereas equally exceptional actors Eric Bana and Ed Norton were each only afforded a single film in which to get angry and green and throw helicopters at other helicopters and stuff.
Ruffalo continued, opining that "The way I see it, Edward Norton has bequeathed this role to me. I reckon the part is my generation's Hamlet, and there's still some room for interpreting who The Hulk is." That seems about right, because if there's one contemporary character as articulate as Hamlet, it's definitely The Hulk. But Bruce Banner - often perceived as strictly two-dimensional - might sincerely flourish in 'The Avengers,' in which he'll be freed from the burden of carrying an entire narrative. Whedon is obviously going to be under some pressure to give each of his superheroes their moment to shine (every thread that doesn't pay off could potentially cost Marvel an entire franchise), but if he's able to infuse the angriest Avenger with even a glimmer of genuine pathos, then the tormented Marvel icon might have plenty of life in him yet.
What do you think? Are you convinced that The Hulk is best-suited for a supporting role in the Marvel movie-verse, or do you still think that those rippling green shoulders can support an entire franchise?