Todd McFarlane The Amazing Spider-Man #328 cover
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.