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Mark Ruffalo Hints at Banner's New Influence on Hulk in Future Marvel Films

"Avengers" star Mark Ruffalo weighed in on Bruce Banner and the Hulk's character development during an interview with Ain'tItCoolNews, where he teased that the two personalities might be starting to merge together.

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When asked where he sees the character post-"Avengers: Age of Ultron," Ruffalo explained, "It's very subtle, but the Banner/Hulk consciousness is beginning to meld a little bit. Who decided to leave [in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron']? Was it Banner or Hulk? It's not really in the mythology of Hulk up until that moment to be that conscious and pro-active. It's interesting, right?"

"I think it's really exciting where we could go with it. Now I feel like we're kind of in No Man's Land. I mean, the comic books have kind of broached the subject, but we're moving away from the traditional Hulk/Banner relationship. We're starting to mess with it a little bit," he added.

Ruffalo previously appeared as Banner/Hulk in 2012's "Avengers" and this past summer's "Avengers: Age of Ultron," along with a cameo in 2013's "Iron Man 3." Both Hulk and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) are not expected to be a part of next year's "Captain America: Civil War," though nearly every other major "Avengers" character will be featured in the film.

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