‘Avengers: Endgame’: How Does Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk Return?

Bruce Banner’s (Mark Ruffalo) alter ego Hulk returns in Avengers: Endgame to face Thanos (Josh Brolin) once again.

MAJOR SPOILERS FOR AVENGERS: ENDGAME AHEAD!

Avengers: Endgame finally hits theaters this weekend and it features one of the most incredible superhero team-ups to hit the big screen. In last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, Mark Ruffalo played a key role but his screentime as Hulk was very limited. In the opening scene of the 2018 film, Hulk throws down with Thanos in an epic fight scene that ends with Thanos beating Hulk so badly that he refuses to return for the rest of the film.

Mark Ruffalo was still a big role in Avengers: Infinity War and in Avengers: Endgame, his role has only gotten bigger. The film opens with the team trying to figure out how to hit back against Thanos, now that Tony Stark (Rober Downey Jr.) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) have been rescued from deep space by Captain Marvel (Brie Larson). Throughout the entire opening of the film prior to the five-year jump fans are only treated to Mark Ruffalo in his normal clothes and briefly in the Hulkbuster armor, but not as Hulk.

Hulk doesn’t appear until farther into the film’s first hour but when he does, it’s in a very unexpected way. When our titular heroes are planning their insane idea of traveling back in time they, of course, seek out the aid of Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner,  who has now merged with the Hulk in a way he wasn’t before. As he puts it himself, Mark Ruffalo’s character has merged “The brain and the brawn” into one permanent body, thanks to an experiment.

Not only does Hulk look more like Mark Ruffalo than ever, but he speaks with a totally normal voice as well. Hulk has spoken in films like 2012’s The Avengers and 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok but now Hulk speaks with Mark Ruffalo’s normal voice. Hulk has also donned a more jovial personality, a very distinct difference from any Banner or Hulk performance fans have seen from Mark Ruffalo yet.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated on all news regarding Avengers: Endgame as soon as more information becomes available. Were you a fan of Mark Ruffalo’s new Hulk persona in Avengers: Endgame? Which scene featuring Mark Ruffalo as Hulk in the film is your favorite? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame is expected to star Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner, Brie Larson, Josh Brolin and Chris Pratt.

“A culmination of 22 interconnected films the fourth installment of the Avengers saga will draw audiences to witness the turning point of this epic journey. Our beloved heroes will truly understand how fragile this reality is and the sacrifices that must be made to uphold it.”

Avengers: Endgame will hit theaters on April 26, 2019.

Top Actors To Replace Ben Affleck In Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’

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Batman Ben Affleck Matt ReevesBen Affleck is officially out as Batman and it's a pretty sad day.

Words cannot describe how sad I am to see Ben Affleck announce that he's no longer Batman. His Batman is why I do what I do. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I fell in love with his comic book-accurate interpretation of the Caped Crusader. It was a breath of fresh air and it felt like we finally had the one true Batman.

Three years have quickly sped by and we're officially going to receive a new Batman for his next movie. Last night, Ben Affleck announced that he will not return as the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves' The Batman and now everyone's attention has moved towards wanting to know who the next Bruce Wayne will be. Matt Reeves is said to want an actor that's around 20 years younger than Affleck while Warner Bros. wants someone older. My guess is that Reeves wants a fresh start while the studio wants an older actor for crossover potential.

In this list, I will discuss the actors I think can replace Ben Affleck as Batman using the parameters that Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. want. Hit Next to see our picks to play the Batman.

Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender X-Men

Michael Fassbender is an X-Men alum and no stranger to comic book franchises. The actor has shown multiple levels of range and could definitely handle the Batman/Bruce Wayne personality. If they go with the older range for the next Dark Knight, then Fassbender is probably one of the best choices to take over the role.

Ben Barnes

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Ben Barnes is out of a job after The Punisher season 2 and he's one of the best actors in that series. The second season tied up Barnes' arc on The Punisher and the actor has already told us that that he'd love to play the Caped Crusader. Barnes definitely has the pretty boy look going on for him and I wonder what his take on Bruce Wayne could be.

Ryan Gosling

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I've said this before and I'll say it again: Ryan Gosling needs to star in a superhero movie. I've always thought Gosling would make a great Batman. Every role that he's done has shown us his capability and he could crush it as Bruce Wayne.

Jon Hamm

Jon Hamm Mad Men

Jon Hamm is my top choice for an older Batman. If Warner Bros. wants to cast an older actor for crossover potential, Jon Hamm is the studio's best bet. He has a similar look to Ben Affleck, and c'mon, the guy's look just screams Bruce Wayne.

Armie Hammer

Armie Hammer The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Armie Hammer is 32 years old and was cast as the Caped Crusader in George Miller's Justice League: Mortal. That film will never see the light of day, but that doesn’t mean that Hammer doesn't deserve a second shot at being the Batman. He's charming, broody and will probably give his all for this role. Armie Hammer is a great option because he's young enough for Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. could work in a way for him to crossover with the rest of the DC Extended Universe.

Richard Madden

Richard Madden Bodyguard

Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden is my top choice to replace Ben Affleck as Batman. The actor is young, has the look and definitely has the acting chops to play the duality of Batman and Bruce Wayne. Madden just won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television series for the BBC drama Bodyguard, so Warner Bros. may want to quickly snatch him up.

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