Mark Ruffalo is currently attending the Sundance Film Festival where he is promoting his latest work “Infinitely Polar Bear”, a film sadly devoid of an infinite amount of polar bears. During a special presentation Ruffalo talked about his work in “Infinitely Polar Bear”, but he also used the time to talk about his views on the environment and conservation issues.
According to Total Film, Ruffalo expressed a desire to use his status and stardom as a way to bring attention to problems that currently face our environment. When asked how he would meld this desire with his big studio productions, Ruffalo opened up about the possibility of doing an ec0-conscious Hulk film.
I think that’s the way to go, and it’s a trend that’ll start to develop. As a culture, when we latch onto a fad, we’re actually working something out in the creative subconscious. The fact that all these doomsday and end-of-times movies are coming out is because we’re actually working that out in the culture.
I’m in The Avengers, but if you took my screentime it would come to about ten minutes, along with the 12 other people I’m sharing the screen with, so my input’s kind of limited on that. But if we get to a standalone Hulk movie, I’ll have a much better chance to do that. I’m just learning now how to find my voice and bring it into the studio world.
Now, keep in mind, this doesn’t mean he necessarily wants a Hulk film where the green goliath sorts his recyclables. The Hulk is a product of a radioactive bomb explosion and Bruce Banner is a man of science, eager to make the world a better place. He is a character ripe for this sort of commentary, provided it’s done in a way that doesn’t come off as being hamfisted.
A move like this would also be a very natural progression for a character in the Marvel universe. For years comics have been used to discuss social issues on various levels of complexity. From civil rights in X-men to disabilities in Daredevil. Comic books, and pop culture in general, have been used as a way to express the conflicts and dilemmas that face our society. I see nothing wrong with the Hulk tackling environmental issues, provided he stays true to his character.
Now, with that said, commence with the “green” Hulk puns.