The Hulk is all about change, and his next cinematic appearance in 2017's Thor: Ragnarok may prove to have his biggest changes yet. In an interview with Aint It Cool News, actor Mark Ruffalo said that his character will be "moving away" from the status quo of Bruce Banner and the Hulk from previous interpretations.
"He's on the run. I think that we carry that through," said Ruffalo, referring to the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron. "It's not just a matter of taking himself to some remote place and hiding. Now he's removing himself from humanity altogether. I'm not sure where we're going to head with that, but I'm sure that's probably still very much alive within him."
"It's very subtle, but the Banner/Hulk consciousness is beginning to meld a little bit," the actor continued. "Who decided to leave? Was it Banner or Hulk? It's not really in the (cinematic) mythology of Hulk up until that moment to be that conscious and pro-active. It's interesting, right?"
Ruffalo went on to say that he and the Thor: Ragnarok screenwriters are "messing with" how Hulk's been seen on-screen up until this point.
"I think it's really exciting where we could go with it. Now I feel like we're kind of in No Man's Land," said Ruffalo. "I mean, the comic books have kind of broached the subject, but we're moving away from the traditional Hulk/Banner relationship. We're starting to mess with it a little bit."
"Now we're going to see how far we can push the limits of it before people get sick of it!"
Thor: Ragnarok is scheduled to open in theaters July 28, 2017.