12:15pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Mark Ruffalo Teases Rogue Hulk In 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'
If you’ve been wondering whether the oft-teased Hulk/Iron Man rumble from the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailers means that the rest of the team has to deal with a gamma-powered monster-gone-wild in the summer sequel, Mark Ruffalo would like to tease you with something that certainly seems like a confirmation…
“He’s the loose cannon of the group,” the actor told Empire magazine about his on-screen green-skinned alter-ego. “He’s more like an atom bomb. You could guess where he’s going to go but he could go either way. I think that there is, obviously, the day when everyone expects it to go wrong and that day comes. And they’re ready.”
They’re ready, it seems, because Bruce Banner himself made sure they would be. “Bruce designed the contingency plan,” Ruffalo explained. “As much as you feel Bruce has some mastery over [the Hulk] – certainly, with ‘I’m always angry’ and he can turn into it at will – I still feel that there’s some part of him that doesn’t completely trust it and doesn’t completely trust himself.”
Whether or not that means that Banner designed the Hulkbuster armor for Iron Man seen in trailers isn’t clear, but Ruffalo said that he’s enjoying the way that the friendship between his character and Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark has been taken to heart by fans.
“I get a kick out of it, I didn’t think it was going to turn into that,” he said. “I felt really comfortable shooting that stuff with him, and that was kind of my meat of the movie. We worked really well together and the dynamics of that relationship are kind of the dynamics of our relationship, in a weird way. And so it worked. I had no idea it was going to pop in the way it did and the funny ways it spun off. It’s become quite a, let’s say, fetish for some folks.”
Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released May 1.