Marvel fans have been in a panic ever since a Deadline story reported that some of the original cast of "The Avengers" might not be coming back for the much-anticipated sequel. The article speculated that Mark Ruffalo, in particular, was vulnerable, since the role of The Hulk has already been recast three times.
Moviefone gave Ruffalo the chance set the record straight about whether he'll be back as the big green guy during a chat about his upcoming movie, "Now You See Me." (Look for our full interview about his role as an FBI agent trying to nab four bank-robbing magicians closer to its May 31 release date.)
Moviefone: Are you back for "Avengers 2?" There's been a lot of talk about the salary negotiations. Mark Ruffalo: I assume so. I haven't been let go yet.
Are you definitely signed on for it? Oh, yeah. I'm signed for -- oh my gosh -- six movies altogether. Five now [after "The Avengers"].
So, all this speculation about recasting Thor and The Hulk is just that, speculation? That I know of. I haven't caught wind of any of that. I was surprised to hear it, because I don't even think anyone's really started negotiating yet.
So there's no reason to panic? No. [Laughs] Maybe people should panic, but I don't see a reason to panic.
As far as you know, everyone is back? Yeah, as far as I know. But sometimes actors are the last people to know what's going on.
Would you come back if some of the other roles were recast? I think so. I'd be really sad if they did. I can't imagine that. That would be bad. "That would not be good," as Joss Whedon would say.
A lot of people would be very upset if you don't come back as The Hulk. I'd love to come back as The Hulk. I don't foresee not coming back as The Hulk.
You've already been back, at least as Bruce Banner, in "Iron Man 3." How did that cameo happen? We were doing the Academy Awards and Robert [Downey Jr.] said, "Hey, what do you think about coming and doing a cameo In 'Iron Man?'" So he pitched the idea of the theme and I said, "I would love to do that." So, ten days later, I'm on a plane to L.A. and we're shooting that scene. It was a lot of fun. It was written, but we improvised a little bit and Shane gave us some adjustments. I haven't seen it yet, though. Robert thought it would be a good cap to all of the rest of the Iron Man story.
Marvel's "The Avengers 2" hits theaters May 1, 2015.