Deadline just blew everyone’s minds with the news that Mark Ruffalo (The Brothers Bloom, The Kids Are All Right) is in “late-stage discussions” to play Bruce Banner a.k.a. The Hulk in Marvel’s upcoming film The Avengers.
If you haven’t been following this story, there’s been a bit of drama this past week regarding our favorite green hero (or is it anti-hero?). Marvel announced that Edward Norton would not be reprising his role because they were looking for someone “who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of [their] other talented cast members.” Obviously Norton’s representatives didn’t take kindly to the criticism of their star, so they fired back with their own story, claiming Marvel made an “inappropriate attempt to paint [their] client in a negative light.” And finally, Norton himself posted a response to the entire fiasco, taking the high road and avoiding the name calling and mudslinging and simply expressing his sorrow that the situation didn’t work out.
Among all of the craziness, there was also rumor that an offer for the role of Bruce Banner went out to Joaquin Phoenix, who reportedly was considering the part but hadn’t signed any paperwork yet. And now Deadline throws Mark Ruffalo into the mix, which is someone I’m sure nobody saw coming. I’m a big fan of Ruffalo, so I’m kind of excited about this – but what do you think? Is Ruffalo right for Bruce Banner? Sound off in the comments section.