The Hulk Gets a Fresh Start in ‘The Avengers’
In the past decade, there have been two attempts to bring Marvel Comics’ “Incredible Hulk” to the big screen. And neither fully satisfied critics or comic-book fans with how they portrayed Bruce Banner, the mild-mannered scientist who grows into an uncontrollable green monstrosity when he gets angry.
So when writer/director Joss Whedon (creator of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) was brought aboard “The Avengers” — next year’s movie that teams up the Hulk with fellow superheroes Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor — he had both the opportunity and the challenge of giving the character a fresh start. Luckily for Whedon, he had a great Oscar-nominated actor, Mark Ruffalo, to help him redefine both Banner and Hulk.