Actor Mark Ruffalo, who plays Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has spoken highly of director Joss Whedon in the past and credits him with finally getting the Hulk right on screen (he also cast Ruffalo in the role to begin with). That’s why he still hasn’t gotten over Whedom’s decision to leave the MCU behind.
Speaking to Yahoo recently, Ruffalo admitted that while he is confident in the Russo Brothers’ abilities going forward (the pair are directing the two-part Avengers: Infinity War), he still misses getting to work with Joss:
“He basically told me [he was leaving], and I was like ‘Goddamn it, you dragged me in to this world and now you’re abandoning me here!’ But they’re doing fine. Joss’ll do fine. I just miss him, and I will miss him. He cracked this character, he obviously cracked the Avengers which was nearly impossible. It was a miracle and he did it so beautifully. I think the Russo brothers are great and I think they’re well positioned to take it on, and I’m happy to be doing it with them, but I’m friends with Joss. He had a hard time making the first one and he had a hard time making this one. I think it’s partially the nature of that beast.”
Whedon, who directed The Avengers and its sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, has made no secret about how difficult it was for him to make those films,, although he did play a large role in getting the MCU off the ground and making sure the big team-up events even worked. It’s understandable that Ruffalo would be a bit bummed out to see someone like that go, especially considering no other director has made a film as big as the Avengers in the the MCU yet. Hopefully for everyone’s sake, Whedon left things in good hands.