MARVEL Roundup: Ruffalo On The HULK, Douglas On Wright’s ANT-MAN Departure, And Pace Compares Ronan To Bin Laden

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marvel bannerIt has been awhile, but it’s time for another edition of Marvel Roundup. There’s a lot going on in the world of Marvel, and we’ve cast our nets and pulled in three rather interesting tidbits about three different films from across the web. Mark Ruffalo teases his larger Banner/Hulk role in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Michael Douglas opens up about Edgar Wright‘s departure from Ant-Man, and Lee Pace compares Guardians of the Galaxy villain Ronan the Accuser to Osama Bin Laden. Strap in and read on for more!

The Hulk has been MIA since The Avengers. The green Goliath had a big role in Joss Whedon directed flick, but we haven’t seen him or his alter ego Bruce Banner in any Marvel films. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has said that both Banner/Hulk and Hawkeye will have roles big enough to make up for their absence, but actor Mark Ruffalo recently teased his expanded role while speaking with Total Film. The actor said, “[My role’s] even bigger than last time and it’s more complex and it has more layers and a bit more arc.” He went on to say of the improved motion capture process he’s working on with Andy Serkis, “I’m really tripping on the technology of this motion-capture stuff,” he said. “Now I just completely embrace it and see it as this other exciting place we can go as performers.

ronanOn the other side of the Marvel universe, Ronan the Accuser himself has been talking about James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy. Lee Pace recently spoke to Yahoo about his various big franchise roles, but he dropped his most interesting answer when asked about his Marvel work. Pace talked about being completely evil and even went on to compare his villain to Osama bin Laden:

I’ve never played a character like Ronan before. I like a bombastic villain, and that’s what I had a good time doing. It was the most fun playing this character… I was stronger than I’ve ever been, doing all this training, and the character is just a beast. He’s just so evil. At first when I started working on him, I was thinking, “We’ve seen so many great performances of villains by very talented actors in superhero movies. I’ve got to find something relatable about this guy.” But the more I played him, the more fun I had with just being evil. [Laughs] Evil, evil, evil. He’s an alien – there’s no kind of human rules. There’s nothing to relate to, actually. It just became, like, the more dark I could conceive of him, the more I understood him.
He’s like Osama bin Laden – he’s like a religious fanatic. It’s so cool. When in my life did I think I’d be playing a character like this? When I got the call about this, I was like, “What? OK, OK… I’m in.” I’d auditioned for Star-Lord, and then Chris obviously got the part… and then they called my agent and said, “We have another part for him!” So I quickly put that on tape and Ronan worked out.

And finally, Michael Douglas has come out as the first cast member of Ant-Man to address Edgar Wright‘s recent departure from the film. Douglas, who will be playing Hank Pym, shared his regret at the way the situation went down in an interview with Schmoes Know. The legendary actor’s comments can be seen in full in the 30-second video below, but if you don’t have the time, he said “I was…I was very disappointed. I am a big fan of his movies. It’s a very disappointing situation. Happened very late in the game. I don’t think anybody’s quite recovered. My heart goes out to Edgar. He’s been involved with the project for a long time. But he’s talented enough that you’ll be hearing a whole lot from him and I’m sure with a little vengeance.

And that does it for another Marvel Roundup. What do you think about the actors’ comments about their upcoming Marvel flicks? Are you surprised Douglas was the first one to speak out on the Ant-Man situation?


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