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Hulk’s Still Sad About The Whole Joss Whedon Leaving Marvel Thing

It’s no secret the Hulk doesn’t have a rock-solid track record on the big screen. However, unlike Eric Bana and Edward Norton‘s take on the not-so-jolly green giant, Mark Ruffalo actually managed to stick around for more than one film. Maybe that’s because 2012’s The Avengers and 2015’s Avengers: Age Ultron weren’t exclusively about Bruce Banner—nor did they re-re-explore the Hulk’s origin—but Ruffalo seems to think the real reason things finally clicked for Bruce and his burly alter ego is because of director and co-writer Joss Whedon.

Whoever it was, they had me at this:


As reported by Cinema Blend, based on an interview on Yahoo, Ruffalo spoke very highly of Whedon, who was responsible for casting him in the first Avengers. While Whedon is presently out of the MCU, Ruffalo is in it for the long haul, set to appear in next year’s Thor: Ragnarok and both parts of Avengers: Infinity Wars, which hit theatres in 2018 and 2019 and will be directed by Captain America: Winter Soldier and Civil War directors Anthony and Joe Russo.

After Whedon told Ruffalo he was out, the actor admitted to feeling a sense of abandonment, but has high hopes for the Russo-fied series and Whedon’s post-Marvel career.

“[Joss Whedon] cracked this character, he obviously cracked the Avengers which was nearly impossible. It was a miracle and he did it so beautifully. I think the Russo brothers are great and I think they’re well positioned to take it on, and I’m happy to be doing it with them,” Ruffalo said.

The actor also doesn’t mince words about the growing difficulties Whedon had working on both Avengers films, saying “he had a hard time making the first one and he had a hard time making this one. I think it’s partially the nature of that beast.”

The last time we saw Hulkster, he was sitting solo on an autopiloted jet headed to an unknown destination. Will Thor: Raganrok send him to a galaxy far, far away? We’ll just have to wait till November 3, 2017 to find out. Or probably sooner, because the Internet.