Avengers mastermind Joss Whedon may not be willing to tell us the plot of his superhero epic, but he has proved more than willing to share the difficulties he faced in getting Earth's Mightiest Heroes assembled. Some heroes were harder to pin down than others, and in a new interview Whedon explained which one was toughest, and why.
Speaking to British magazine SFX, Whedon talked about being the third filmmaker to attempt putting the Hulk on the big screen. Both previous incarnations of everyone's favorite big green ball of rage were met with mixed reactions, so Whedon knew how important it was to make the third time the charm.
So what did he feel he needed to nail with the Hulk this time around?
"So much. A Bruce Banner who's not obsessed with his own problems," Whedon said. "A Hulk who not only feels flesh and blood, but is clearly an extension of Banner himself and not just a CGI thing that roars. A Hulk who feels dangerous, who might actually hurt someone we care about, who belongs in a classic horror film. And much more. He's the hardest character by far, and ended up being the most fun."
But of course, getting the character right had a lot to do with finding the right star.
"Mark [Ruffalo] is such a delightful mensch it's stupid," Whedon said. "His Banner is a bunch of contradictions: graceful and awkward, meek and confident, erudite and working class, funny and sad. And contradictions are what the Banner/Hulk dynamic are all about. Also, Mark kinda looks like the Hulk. So we got to build our Hulk from him."
For now, all of Whedon's difficulties in bringing The Avengers to the big screen are over. The team of six is assembled, the movie's on the way, but that doesn't mean Whedon can't dream about who else he'd like to put in the team. What about Scarlet Witch? The Wasp? Ant-Man?
"Pretty much everyone but Wonder Man," Whedon said when asked which members of the team he'd like to add one day. "I never did figure out what he was for."