With anticipation for upcoming blockbuster "Marvel's The Avengers" hitting a fever pitch after last week's world premiere and the first round of very positive reactions from tastemakers, we might as well start looking ahead toward the future and the next wave of Marvel films like "Captain America 2," "Thor 2" and "Iron Man 3."
"Iron Man 3" is first up in production, with Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle and recently announced villain Ben Kingsley. Now given the fact that the film will take place after the action in "The Avengers," we can't help but assume and hope that a few of Tony Stark's new friends from "Avengers" make appearances in Downey Jr's third Iron Man outing, particularly since Stark and Bruce Banner seem to form a very close friendship in Whedon's "Avengers."
When MTV News caught up with the man should be making that appearance, Mark Ruffalo, we asked him how Bruce Banner might end up in "Iron Man 3".
"On a horse," Ruffalo joked about how he should make a cameo. "What if Hulk had a whale that he road?"
"Are you in Iron Man 3?" Johansson asked.
"No, not that I know of," Ruffalo said. "That's a great idea."
"You never know until the last minute," Johansson pointed out. "They could just call you up."
"I'm sure there's a way for me to find my way into that," Ruffalo said.
"You should," Johansson said.
"We work well together," Ruffalo said of his rapport with Downey Jr.
"I think you guys are fabulous together," Johansson said. "And your scenes [in "Avengers"] are some of my faves.
"I'm a good foil for him," Ruffalo added.
"Certainly," Johansson agreed. "And you share something."
"Will you talk to Kevin?" Ruffalo asked Johansson, requesting her to put some pressure on Marvel chief Kevin Feige.
"I will," she promised.
"I hope I can join you guys," Ruffalo said. "I think Bruce Banner would be a nice [addition].
"Well now that it's been revealed to us that Bruce is a possibility, why wouldn't we call him for every job, is what I'm wondering," Johansson said.
"Right," said Ruffalo. "He's easygoing until..."
"Until you really need him," Johansson offered.