With Thor is post-production, and Captain America almost in the can, there’s only one Marvel movie that fans have their eyes on: The Avengers. The film is scheduled to begin shooting next year and it will be an unprecedented superhero event. The Avengers will feature two new actors playing two familiar characters in the form of Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo. Ruffalo recently spoke to the folks over at IGN, and revealed what he’s doing to prepare for his big Hulk debut…

When he was hired to replace Edward Norton as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Ruffalo’s first order of business was to re-familiarize himself with the material.

I think you go right back to the beginning and dust off your first issue of Avengers and I’ve been doing that. I’ve been watching the 100 hours of Bill Bixby’s Hulk. And I’ve been really thinking about the inception, the original motivation of that character and why they came up with that character.

He’s a cross between Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Frankenstein. I’m finding a lot of stuff there. And I’m actually going to be physically playing the Hulk. No other actor’s ever done that. So I’ve been getting into Tai Chi and Pilates and doing a lot of movement stuff. I don’t know what I want to do with it exactly, but I’ve been working physically to bring the leviathan alive.

So he’s going to be “physically” playing the Hulk? All the other incarnations of the character have been CGI, and we can’t imagine them doing the Ben Grimm/The Thing technique from Fantastic Four on him. He’s too big. Maybe he’s referring to something else?

He also went on to say that he starts shooting The Avengers in April, which will have him coming in two months after cameras begin rolling. We were told by his co-star Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) that production officially begins in February.

What do you think of Ruffalo’s techniques for preparing for the Hulk? Are you excited to see his take?