‘Why am I wearing this football suit?’: Robert Downey Jr, Joe Rogan Believe MCU Made Mark Ruffalo Miserable, Claim Smart Hulk Was a Bad Idea

Robert Downey Jr, Joe Rogan Believe MCU Made Mark Ruffalo Miserable, Claim Smart Hulk Was a Bad Idea
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The Incredible Hulk is one of those trump cards that the Avengers keep up their sleeves to only show when the situation goes dire, and all that can save it is a giant green monster. During the scenes from The Incredible Hulk, we were introduced to the raging behemoth alter-ego of Dr. Bruce Banner, who had fallen victim to the mutations of Gamma radiation and turned into the raging beast we all came to love.

Edward Norton's Hulk.
Edward Norton’s Hulk.

And the legacy and the characteristics of the Hulk were retained in Mark Ruffalo’s version of the hulk in the MCU. The tenacity and rage were just as crazy as the old one, and the mixture of superheroes and a plethora of supervillains created the perfect concoction of originality as well as familiarity to the character. Alas. not all good things last forever (except the MCU) which this time, happened to be someone becoming smart.

How The Smart Hulk Made Mark Ruffalo Miserable

Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo

Mark Ruffalo was the 3rd iteration of the giant green monster after Eric Bana and Edward Norton’s versions from Universal Studios. This version of the Hulk was shown as a typical reclusive genius who was on the run from the public and the military agencies who wanted to either crucify him or weaponize him. But this time, he had the support of Iron Man with him, who uses his intellect to his advantage more than his alter ego.


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But it looks like Marvel Studios took that thought a little too seriously. With the events of Avengers: Endgame, we were introduced to a version of the Hulk that no one could’ve thought of in their wildest imaginations! in the film, We saw this crazy hybrid of Bruce Banner and his alter-ego, which combined Hulk’s immeasurable strength with Banner’s immeasurable intellect. The decision to maket he character of this being might be controversial, but it was shocking even more.

And not just with the audience, this thing also made Mark Ruffalo’s life harder as well. On the Joe Rogan Experience, Robert Downey Jr. talked about how this decision was a bold move as the image of Hulk in everyone’s mind is just a raging force of nature, but this one was pretty indecisive. Moreover, when it was the raging monster, Mark Ruffalo had to take the backseat with acting, but now, he had to be rigged with all sorts of extensions and prosthetics that made him feel like he was in a football suit.


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What’s Next For The Hulk?

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Ruffalo as The Smart Hulk

After the events of Endgame, we were reintroduced to the Smart Hulk again in Disney+’s She-Hulk: Attorney At Law, where a lot of weird and goofy stuff happened, and also a big thing that might just set up for something epic. We saw one of Jennifer Walter’s boyfriends steal some of her DNA and sell it to someone. This storyline might just be the start of World War Hulk, which is deemed to be one of the strongest and most invincible forms we have ever seen.

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She-Hulk: Attorney At Law, streaming exclusively on Disney+

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