We’re just under two weeks until the official release of The Avengers, one of the most anticipated films of 2012. The Joss Whedon-directed superhero film features such Marvel hotshots as Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, the Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye teaming up to defend Earth from the threat posed by Thor’s villainous brother, Loki. And in a new clip from the film, you can see how Black Widow draws a cranky Bruce Banner/Hulk into the Avengers.
The clip finds Black Widow being sent by Nick Fury (Sam Jackson) to recruit scientist Bruce Banner into the Avengers in order to use his expertise on Gamma radiation to track an item leaking minute traces of Gamma rays. She makes it clear that the group is not looking to use Banner’s Hulk abilities, something that Banner wants to put to the test.
It’s an interesting clip for two reasons—as we’ve seen from the trailers, the Hulk definitely makes a violent appearance or two in the film, meaning that either Banner accidentally loses his temper, or that Black Widow and Fury were manipulating him to use his Hulk abilities after all. The other reason: perhaps it’s just us, but Scarlett Johansson’s acting is so wooden in the scene, it’s almost as if Mark Ruffalo himself isn’t even there, and is as CGI’d as the Hulk itself.
The Avengers is set for official release on May 4.
What do you think of the clip?