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Avengers’ Hulk Has Ruffalo’s Face

Marvel released the Hulk concept poster for next summer’s Joss Whedon-directed take on The Avengers on the last day of Comic-Con International in San Diego. While the image is a painting rather than a film still, it’s clear that some of star Mark Ruffalo’s face has made its way into the design. This is a first for the big-screen Hulks, according to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.

“The most important thing is that face,” he said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “As you can already see in that concept painting, it is — more than any Hulk that’s ever been done in live action — a Hulk that let’s you see the actor in there.”

“You will be able to see Ruffalo in there. That was a big revelation for us.”

Feige also spoke a little bit about the character design as a whole, which is something you don’t necessarily get a feel for in the painting. “He’ll be about the same size he was in The Incredible Hulk [which was about 9 feet tall] or maybe a little bit smaller. His muscles won’t be quite as cut. We figure he’s been the Hulk now for a few years and [his physique is changing]. He’s not as cut or as ripped as he was in The Incredible Hulk.”

The Avengers, which opens May 4, 2012, also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Clark Gregg, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Tom Hiddleston and Stellan Skarsgård.


  • Mr. M

    I don’t see it…

  • sarcasm weekly

    what an ugly mug. good choice.

  • Mythos

    I have mixed feelings. On one hand, I think the Hulk looking more like the actor will make it more believable; in a way, reduce the cognitive dissonance and the disbelief of a guy turning into a hulking brute (I never could buy that Edward Norton became a long-haired, square-faced Hulk). On the other, though, the Hulk might end up looking like a caricature of the actor and, as such, not work well at all – Ang Lee’s Hulk comes to mind in that regard. I guess I’ll have to see him in action to decide.

  • Jacob

    When viewed together, the image certainly does give an idea of his size. The fact that he can barely fit into his own (most of his left arm is in Cap’s) is indicative of him being massive.

  • Gambit347

    Despite the fact that I loved Incredible Hulk’s character model, I don’t mind a change-up. I mean, when different artists take over the Hulk books, the character’s look changes anyway. So it’s not that big a deal.

    I just hope they don’t try to make it look TOO much like Ruffalo to the point where it becomes unconvincing. In the comics, do Banner and Hulk ever look alike? Not that I recall. So while I think it’s neat that they’re going to incorporate some of Ruffalo, I don’t want them to overdo it.

    Can’t wait to see Jade Jaws in action come May 4!

  • Duskboy1

    well, bana-hulk was clearly recognizable too…

  • J_onn_j_onzz

    Looks like Ron Garney’s Hulk art

  • Cjorg2

    “His muscles won’t be quite as cut. We figure he’s been the Hulk now for a few years and [his physique is changing]. He’s not as cut or as ripped as he was in The Incredible Hulk.”

    Well, he’s only got himself to blame if he’s going around snacking on Freddie Prinze Jnr and other celebrities. 

    “Hulk not fat!! More of Hulk to Love!  Mmmmmm…. Donuts”

  • Darren Kingsley

    Glad to hear he wont be quite as cut… that last one looked more like tree bark than skin.

  • Jack

    What?  No.  Fuck no.  This just sounds ilke they’re going back to the Ang Lee model, which was retarded.  Hulk isn’t supposed to look like Banner at all, hes supposed to look like an ugly primitive caveman monster. The only time he should look like Banner is with the Professor Hulk persona.  And why would you give him more fat?  Hulk is supposed to be the ultimate efficient machine of destruction and you’re going to cover his muscles with fat?  The Incredible Hulk model was perfect, why not stick with that?

  • Gambit347

    To follow up on my own comment, does anyone think this Hulk bears a slight resemblance to a Tim Sale, Gabriel Hardman or even a Herb Trimpe Hulk? At least in terms of build.

  • Cjorg2

    Avengers’ Hulk Has Ruffalo’s Face, Norton’s left elbow, Bana’s pelvis, and Ferrigno’s penis.   Hoping to nail Black Widow’s arse in the Avengers.

    How could you not play on that title?