Marvel brought out its all-star cast for its superhero team movie, The Avengers,” confirming Mark Ruffalo as the actor to play the Hulk.
The move was the topper to what was probably the most boisterous Comic Con panel of 2010, and followed closely by the incredibly well-received presentation for “Captain America” and “Thor.”
Samuel Jackson appeared on stage to introduce the initial “Avengers” cast: Clark Gregg, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans and then…Robert Downey Jr.
The crowd, already on their feet, became even more frenzied, as Downey took to the podium, asking them if they had seen “Inception.”
“That was the most ambitious movie I’ve ever seen,” he said. “Then I thought: Wait a Goddamned minute. Marvel is going to take all of their top superheroes and put them together in one movie. THAT is the most ambitious movie ever.”
He then brought Jeremy Renner, who is playing Hawkeye on stage, followed by, “Playing the role of Bruce Banner…Mark Ruffalo!”
The movie’s director Joss Whedon then came out, addressing the crowd: “This is the ‘Avengers.’ They are more than the sum of its parts.”
He then said, “I’m going to blow it. I’m not up to it I’m very nervous. I need your love and your support.”
And through cheering and hollering, the crowd did indeed show him love and support.