Ever since IRON MAN 3 blew away the box office last week, fans have been terrified by industry rumors that not all their favorite Avengers would return for the sequel. Luckiliy for us, Mark Ruffalo, the man behind Bruce Banner and (arguably) the best Hulk of the Marvel series, had a chance to set the record straight.
In a new interview with Moviefone, Ruffalo spoke about what is to come for AVENGERS 2, and confirmed that at least to his knowledge, the entire cast should be coming back for another round.
Take a look at the exchange (courtesy of Joblo) below:
Moviefone: Are you back for “Avengers 2?” There’s been a lot of talk about the salary negotiations.
Mark Ruffalo: I assume so. I haven’t been let go yet.
MF: Are you definitely signed on for it?
MR: Oh, yeah. I’m signed for — oh my gosh — six movies altogether. Five now [after “The Avengers”].
MF: So, all this speculation about recasting Thor and The Hulk is just that, speculation?
MR: That I know of. I haven’t caught wind of any of that. I was surprised to hear it, because I don’t even think anyone’s really started negotiating yet.
MF: So there’s no reason to panic?
MR: No. [Laughs] Maybe people should panic, but I don’t see a reason to panic.
MF: As far as you know, everyone is back?
MR: Yeah, as far as I know. But sometimes actors are the last people to know what’s going on.
MF: Would you come back if some of the other roles were recast?
MR: I think so. I’d be really sad if they did. I can’t imagine that. That would be bad. “That would not be good,” as Joss Whedon would say
MF: A lot of people would be very upset if you don’t come back as The Hulk.
MR: I’d love to come back as The Hulk. I don’t foresee not coming back as The Hulk.
So there you have it…at least we know that we’re all on the same page as the actors at the moment!
Another interesting little tidbit thrown out by Ruffalo, who was out and about promoting his new film, NOW YOU SEE ME, was how the idea for his secret IRON MAN 3 cameo came to be…obviously, it all started with a last second pitch from Robert Downey Jr:
“Marvel had an idea [for a post-credits scene], but they scraped it…[Then] they were about to wrap the movie and I saw Robert [Downey Jr] at the Academy Awards and he had this idea. He said, ‘What do you think about coming and [shooting for] a day?’ I said, ‘Are you kidding me? Lets do it!’ I came in and we shot for a couple of hours. I haven’t seen it yet, but people seem to like it.”
IRON MAN 3 is in theaters now. AVENGERS 2 can’t come soon enough.