Bruce Banner is mastering The Hulk. Well, he's trying to, at least.
When actor Mark Ruffalo takes over for Edward Norton as the Marvel Cinematic Universe's new Jade Giant in "The Avengers," he's hoping that the easily enraged scientist starts to get a firmer grasp on his angry persona — especially considering that Bruce's mastery was teased at the end of "The Incredible Hulk."
"We ended the last Hulk with him smiling and you feel like he's getting control of it," Ruffalo told IGN in an interview about his work as Bruce Banner. "And I don't know how deep we're gonna get into that, but my general feeling is for Bruce Banner/the Hulk and what I hope we talk about is that Bruce Banner is slowly but surely -- it's like riding a wild mustang. At some point, you do start to get it a little bit under control."
"I don't know what the final script's gonna be," he added, "but we've talked a lot about him at some point being able to penetrate his consciousness with the consciousness of the goliath."
Ruffalo himself feels like he has a good grasp on how to control one's rage, saying: "I've heard some of the fans and I totally respect them and I hear their concern about Mark Ruffalo being a nice guy. But I assure you, just like everybody else, I have my very dark side. Maybe more because I'm an actor. That's not what I'm really worried about."
"What I'm worried about is bringing some spark of originality and spontaneity to that character," he continued. "He's the only one who doesn't want to be there [in the Avengers] really. Everyone else is sort of digging on their superpowers and he's the only one who doesn't want to be there, which could be an incredibly uninteresting person to spend two hours with."
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