"I Can't Take Him Seriously," says original Hulk, Lou Ferrigno on Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner.
Lou Ferrigno can't perceive Mark Ruffalo "seriously" as Mr. Green in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ferrigno originally portrayed the bad-tempered character on the classic 1978 TV series The Incredible Hulk, while actor Bill Bixby portrayed his alter ego, 'Doctor David Bruce Banner.'
MCU fans accepted Mark Ruffalo as the modern rebooted version of the Hulk and have enjoyed seeing his development over the course of recent movies. Avengers: Endgame screened the Professor Hulk, or "Smart Hulk," on the big screen for the first time, further delving into what the character was capable of in terms of the brain rather than brawn.
While it was loved by the majority of the audience, Lou Ferrigno isn't being totally pleased about it. He's not into the mood of completely admiring the way MCU has treated the character he and Bill Bixby contributed to turning the character into a household name over 40 years ago.
The Hulk has had many versions in the comic books, which have been adapted onto movie in various forms, but Ferrigno isn't concurring with the recent ones. The 67-year-old actor had this to say at Montreal Comic-Con.
"Mark is a wonderful actor. But we've had three different actors - we've had Eric Bana, Edward Norton, and Mark Ruffalo. I like Bill Bixby the best; I like Edward Norton. But Ruffalo - I think he's a wonderful actor, he blends in with the Marvel aspect of the Avengers - but I can't take him seriously enough."
Lou Ferrigno's view might prove to be pretty caustic amongst MCU fanatics, while some may tend to be on the same page. There has been a lot of discussions about Marvel Studios yielding some edge when Disney barged in from a particular group of fans, and they will presumably agree with what Ferrigno has to utter. As to why he thinks the Hulk lost his charisma in the MCU?
Lou says it might have to do with Disney’s protocol. He explains Bill (Bixby) had that intensity, and that people knew when he was in danger, they felt that intensity but since Marvel and Disney have taken a different direction people are struggling to take the new 'World Breaker' as seriously as the original series.
While Lou Ferrigno is describing his picture, it may offend some MCU fans. The Incredible Hulk wasn't really the best-rated show on TV, yet it managed to gain some cult following and was a notable success, especially in the international landmark. However, it can't rival with the character which Marvel Studios has helped evolve over the last decade.
The gravity is "why people just tend to enjoy it so much," as per Ferrigno. When it comes down to it, Ferrigno believes the original TV show was superior because of that seriousness of Hulk and Bill Bixby's David Bruce Banner.
Ferrigno says he has got so many fans to come up to him and tell him when they were young; they were fighting to watch it. He shares how his fan told him about them getting behind the couch, yet when they see him as the Hulk - they want to see the Hulk because of that peculiarity; the build-up, and the adrenaline.
The Incredible Hulk originally ran from 1978 to 1982 and comprised of 80 episodes. It was a success in North America but was progressively hit overseas. Lou Ferrigno and Bill Bixby were about to narrate the Professor Hulk aspect of the character in a movie of the week, but unfortunately, Bixby passed away, and the TV movie never met its momentum.