DC/Warner Bros. may be rumoured to be bringing their A game to San Diego Comic-Con this year – with speculations of a teaser trailer or even footage from the forthcoming Batman vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice movie, along with a proposed raft of announcements for a future DC Cinematic Universe – but Marvel are determined not to give up the Hall H crown without a fight. They may have rolled out the complete cast of the Avengers in Hall H in 2010 but Mark Ruffalo – the Hulk himself – has confirmed to Collider in a video interview that the band are indeed flying in from London to retake what they consider to be their stage.
Talking to the site about Ruffalo’s new film Begin Again, in which he stars with Keira Knightley, Collider brought up Ruffalo’s thoughts on stepping back out in front of a baying Comic-Con crowd. As the film is scheduled for a 24th April 2015 release, this will be the last chance for Avengers: Age Of Ultron, currently filming in Shepperton Studios, to make its mark on the Hall H stage.
“Yeah, we’re gonna go out there. We’re all flying, we’re flying from London. We’re working, we’re shooting. We’re gonna stop and get on a plane and go to Comic Con together. It’s gonna be amazing.”
One of the rumoured sequences of the film is a Hulk/Iron Man face-off with Tony Stark tooled up in some pretty impressive Hulkbuster armour. When asked whether there will be anything of this presented in July, Ruffalo stayed coy:
“There might be some cool new Hulk, Hulk-o, Hulk-o-phobia, Hulk-o-phernalia. Hulk-a-phernalia!”
Avengers: Age Of Ultron has been shooting since February of this year in numerous locations including Johannesburg, Seoul and Italy – it’s not been unheard of for a studio such as Marvel to bring footage from that brief a production period to the Hall H stage. Ruffalo teased that we may be seeing a new and improved Hulk this time round:
“We’re a little bit behind on the motion capture technology as far as facial recognition in real time. Now we have, when I put on my motion capture suit, I look in front of me and there’s me as The Hulk. There’s The Hulk. Every move I make, The Hulk’s making it and so you have this immediate feedback like almost looking in a mirror, but instead of seeing myself, I see The Hulk … But they haven’t come up to speed on the facial recognition that way. They can capture the facial – the new technology is we can shoot the body recognition and the facial recognition at the same time, so now you can integrate performance, physical performance with the actual face and voice, but by the time we’re ready to probably – if we do another Hulk – that technology will be in real time and once that happens, there’d be no limit to what you can do creatively as far as your physical being is concerned. I can play a freakin’ parasite in the ass of a worm [laughs].
It’s so exciting. There’s no limit to where we can go. I hope to be a pioneer in this space with Andy Serkis. I worked a lot with him on this. I’m very excited by what he’s doing. We are retraining the studio to see this as integral a part as the first unit. This is not second or third unit or motion capture unit. This is first unit. This is performance. It’s completely driven by the actor and it has to be honored as much as anything else, so that’s kind of where we’re heading with this technology and it’s very exciting.”
Can’t wait to see the results of all of the teams hard work and labours. In the interview, Ruffalo talked about his signing on to the original Avengers – something that was covered in a recent Graham Norton Show interview, in which he described the bizarre and frantic method that he found out that he had landed the role of Bruce Banner/Hulk:
Ruffalo also talked to Collider about the stresses of taking on the undertaking of a nine-picture movie deal without knowing if there’s a script nailed down and secured. In the end, it took some encouraging words from director Joss Whedon to convince Ruffalo to sign on:
“See, the problem with those movies is they don’t have a script when they’re casting you and that was really problematic for me. I made a promise to myself that I would never sign on to anything before there was a script, and I’ve been able to stay pretty true to that, but that was a particularly, you know, rare occasion.
First Joss [Whedon] reached out to me and I was thinking, ‘Me?’ You know, ‘Why me?’ And then Robert [Downey Jr.] reached out and they’re like, ‘You know, let’s do this,’ and I [asked], ‘Well, is there a script?’ ‘No, we don’t have a script. We’re not gonna give you anything. You have to just sign on.’ I’m like, ‘Sign on to nine movies without knowing what the heck I’m gonna do?’ And so I said, ‘Joss, you have to understand, I got into trouble once doing this. I made a promise to myself I would never sign on to something without having a script again. You understand where I’m coming [from?]’ He’s like, ‘I totally get it, man. What if I float you maybe 20 pages of what Banner’s gonna be doing so you just get a sense of what it’s gonna be?’ And I said, ‘Would you please do that? I’d be so grateful to you and it would make this process a lot easier for everybody.’ And so he did and I loved it. And, you know, it was basically Banner’s introduction with Black Widow.”
‘Avengers; Age Of Ultron’ is a Marvel Studios production, written and directed by Joss Whedon, and is slated for a release date of 24th April in the UK (1st May, 2015 internationally). The cast consists of the original Avengers line-up: Scarlet Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo – also joined on screen by new additions James Spader (Ultron), Elizabeth Olson (The Scarlett Witch), and Brits Aaron-Taylor Johnson (Quicksilver) and Paul Bettany (The Vision)
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