Thursday, February 22, 2024
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Meet your new Hulk: Mark Ruffalo! Takes over Bruce Banner role for Avengers film

Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival - Courtesy Wikipedia Commons and gdcgraphics

[UPDATE:] It’s official, Mark Ruffalo will play Bruce Banner in The Avengers film. He appeared on stage at the Comic-Con panel for the film with the rest of the cast.

Nikki Finke at reported a while ago about this deal in the works to replace Edward Norton for the Avengers film with Mark Ruffalo and now she’s reporting it’s a done deal. She says “…the ink is drying on the deal reached by Brillstein Entertainment Partners with Marvel.”

If she’s right this is cutting it close considering that the Comic-Con Marvel panel is set for Saturday and everyone is expecting them to trot out the just announced director Joss Whedon and a some of the cast although most of them will also be there to promote their stand-alone Marvel films CAPTAIN AMERICA and THOR.

The whole Marvel replacing Ed Norton as the Hulk in The Avengers film (as we’ve covered it here already) as been an on-going thing but hopefully Ruffalo gets himself a nice payday for coming in on this project.

I’ve liked Ruffalo in a lot of his films: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Zodiac and Shutter Island. And of course he got his Thriller on in the 2004 13 Going on 30 with Jennifer Garner.

Expect the official announcement at the Marvel panel at Comic-Con in San Diego Saturday July 24th at 6:00 pm Pacific time.

the authorK.B.


  • Ughh… Three different movies, three different Banner’s. Starting to seem like the rotating door, much like Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, and George Clooney in the 90’s Batman franchise. This stinks! Ruffalo doesn’t even have a “Banner” look that I can see. Good luck. It’s going to take a lot to win me over.

    • I think a lot of people are going to be unimpressed with the selection of Ruffalo even though he is a great actor but as I said, I hope he and his reps really stuck it to Marvel for a BOATLOAD of cash for him coming in onto this film.

      Someone at Marvel feels they MUST make a full cast announcement at Comic-Con and I guess that’s why the deal is going down in the last couple of days.

      Why not go with an unknown for the part, which I believe will probably be little more then a cameo for the Banner character?

      Marvel has set themselves a release date for this film and it’s probably going to be a uphill struggle the whole way. Consider this: until a day or so ago they didn’t feel strongly enough to even make an official announcement of Joss Whedon being the director and I’ll bet you money they won’t have much to say about the plot because I’m sure it’s changing every other day at this point.

      We’ll see what they have to say for themselves tonight.

  • I like Ruffalo and all, but they should of went with somebody like what Jack Kirby envisioned for the character: some skinny brainiac kind of guy, they should have went with an unknown actor.

    I doubt they’d ever make another stand-alone hulk movie again anyways.

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