Science Bros Unite! RDJ and RUFFALO Talk Stark & Banner in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

Science Bros! Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner and Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark in Avengers: Age of Ultron
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The Avengers: Age of Ultron set visit reports continue to roll out, with Marvel.com getting in on the action, focusing on Mark Ruffalo’s always incredible Hulk. Ruffalo didn’t reveal too much about what Hulk will be doing in the new movie, but he did talk about what he’s personally experiencing.

”I think he’s trying to become a part of the group more. I don’t think he’s ever felt like part of a family, or part of anything. He’s always sort of been this outsider, or on the run, or, you know, trying to shun humanity,” the actor said with a laugh. He noted that Banner has now fully accepted that his power is “really destructive,” and has shifted focus into “management control,” instead of trying to shut it down.

Helping him out is Tony Stark, who is now, in a way, his roommate. Yes, Banner has moved into Stark (or is it “Avengers”) Tower, ant the two work side by side in what’s been dubbed the “Science Bros” by fans, comic creators, and t-shirt makers alike. “You could tell that, in this film, they’ve been working together,” Ruffalo reveals. “They’ve gotten a short-hand together, but also don’t really know how to work well together. So that’s been built out quite a lot and it’s fun.”

Aside from that, Ruffalo teased that Wanda Maximoff aka the Scarlet Witch is “able to bring out the worst in us,” and that’s why he loves the character. He also teased a “confrontation brewing between the Hulk’s consciousness and Banner’s consciousness” and said that Andy Serkis helped him learn more on the motion capture aspects of filming the role, which he describes as an “incredible new place for us to go in performance that we never had before.”

Meanwhile, his Science Bro Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey, Jr., said he liked this film from the very first draft, something that he usually doesn’t say about a movie, praising writer/director Joss Whedon’s vision.

”Why aren’t I dealing with that which is going to destroy me any second anyway?” the actor says was Tony’s thought during Iron Man 3, which led to his removal of the shards and the arc reactor from his chest. “The armor was kind of an extension of that,” and that’s what leads him to try to find a new way to help humanity. Of course, that unfortunately leads to Ultron.

Much like Nick Fury brought the Avengers together, Downey sees that role for Stark in the second film, having now taken care of himself.

”I think job two [is to] go back east and get people organized and do what I can. I love that Tony’s not one of those super heroes who’s ever lost his money. [laughs] Which is great.  He’s never lost his dough. But anyway, I think what he’s trying to do is set up shop where eventually this can be like with our visual effects guy, Chris Townsend. Eventually you just have to hand this over to the vendors so they can finish the job. That’s kind of what Tony’s thinking.”

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