Comic fans will be familiar with the Grey Hulk, but Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon wanted to introduce a very unique version of the Hulk in Age of Ultron.
Visual Effects supervisor Christopher Townsend recently spoke to ScreenRant and talked about how Joss Whedon wanted to bring a unique version of Hulk in Age of Ultron, but ended up thinking that audiences would confuse him with Grey Hulk from the comics.
Townsend said, “What Joss wanted to do was, he said, ‘I wanted to have a Hulk that’s this berserker Hulk. Berserker Hulk was this Hulk that Hulks out,’ was what we had come up with on set. And then we sort of started talking about, ‘Well what are those extremes?'”
He later revealed that, “ILM started playing with a deformed body with a deformed face with one eye larger than another. You know, like crooked teeth, and drooling, and red eyes, and all this kind of stuff. Then we started playing with color and we started to de-saturate him and give him sort of red around his eyes and made him look strung-out heroin addict Hulk was the idea.”
It sounds like they really wanted this version of Hulk to work in The Avengers’ sequel, and Townsend said that a portion of it actually did make it into the movie when Scarlet Witch messed with Hulk’s mind. “Sort of like where he has totally lost it and he’s gone totally crazy,” he said, but they ended up “gradually [made him a] grayer and grayer version until effectively we got grey Hulk.”
For anyone who isn’t familiar with the character, Grey Hulk is an alternate personality of Bruce Banner. But what makes him so unique is he speaks English and is often sarcastic. He also has control over himself, and while powerful, he’s not nearly as strong as Green Hulk. Maybe this explains why Iron Man was able to knock him out with a punch during the massive battle between the two.
Townsend would go on to explain why this version of Hulk was removed from Age of Ultron, saying, “We tried a few shots in the film with that sort of much grayer version, and then we’re thinking, ‘Will people confuse this with the grey Hulk from the comics? And is that a good thing or a bad thing?'”
The VFX supervisor says that they eventually decided to “back off a little” and made him greener so that they didn’t confuse moviegoers by creating a new character. “We had gone pretty extreme in the looks for him,” he added.
It would have been pretty interesting to see what would have essentially been a version of Grey Hulk in Age of Ultron, and we even hear Tony Stark talking about Bruce “turning brown instead of green” in the film when he and Tony are discussing whether they should use Loki’s scepter to create a form of the Ultron program, which would make it so when “aliens rolled up to the club, they couldn’t get past the bouncer.”
As exciting as seeing a different version of the Hulk would have been, we imagine it would have been a little confusing for the average moviegoer to know what was going on with who we’ve come to know as the Hulk, especially with him learning to control his ability by having Scarlet Johansson give him a lullaby.
Would you like to have seen Grey Hulk, or a different version of the character in Avengers: Age of Ultron? We wonder where the Hulk will even be in the next film, since he took off in one of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s planes at the end of Age of Ultron.