Chadwick Boseman Mark Ruffalo Infinity War Interview

In June of 2017, I traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to visit the set of Avengers: Infinity War. We were on set for a scene featuring a bunch of Avengers arriving in Wakanda. We will be rolling out of coverage from the set over the next few weeks, but today, I bring you our roundtable interview with Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman and the Incredible Hulk himself, Mark Ruffalo.

The two stars tell us how they fit into the dynamic created by Thanos in this film, the evolution of the Hulk, his relationship with Black Widow, the changes in Black Panther’s suit, the differences from the comics, interacting with characters they haven’t encountered on screen before, why Wakanda plays a central role in this adventure, and much more. Below, read our full Chadwick Boseman Mark Ruffalo Infinity War interview.

Chadwick Boseman Mark Ruffalo Infinity War Interview

Chadwick Boseman & Mark Ruffalo

What can each of you tell us about what your character has been doing since we will have last seen them, which I guess will be Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther?

Boseman: My character just cut an album. [all laugh] He’s been on tour….My character, obviously we just finished shooting the Black Panther movie and in that movie he’s just trying to recover from his father dying, trying to restore order in Wakanda, and the rest of it you have to wait for…

Ruffalo: [Hulk] went to another dimension for a little while and met up with his pal, good pal, Thor, and they went on an intergalactic buddy trip, and then he came back. We were introduced to Thanos after doing a lot of fighting, and now he’s been brought back together with the Avengers.

What’s the reaction between your two characters meeting each other? How does The Hulk react to Black Panther and how does Black Panther react to him?

Boseman: I have not had the opportunity to get to know him yet.

Ruffalo: But I immediately see him and feel that he’s royalty and feel that the respectful thing to do is bow down to him.

What’s your dynamic been like with the rest of the Avengers? Obviously, he’s seen some shit over the multiverse and now he’s back and he missed out on civil war, what’s that like getting back into the team again?

Ruffalo: Once again I think he’s trying to find his place in the line-up. He’s having some difficulties integrating with the rest of the group, but he’s also privy to some information that is essential for their survival.

Chadwick, we know that the tone of Black Panther and the character overall is really at odds with like Guardians of the Galaxy tone for instance, those two movies couldn’t be more different in that way. What’s it like for your character, as much as you can say, to get involved with Peter Quill and all those people?

Boseman: You know, that is a good question. No, no, Seriously, because that is the difficulty in making a movie like this, you have to see the flavor of each one of them. So, I think what is good is that in this situation, you’re seeing them in my world. They’re in my wold so it’s interesting to have them enter our space, which is not something that happens all of the time. I think it’s important for us to give the flavor of Wakanda, and they’re really adjusting to our space, so that will be part of the fun of the movie. And the Guardians entering it…obviously, there is a clash, all of that is conflict but it’s not conflict between us necessarily, so, but it is an emotional, psychological, social conflict.

What can you say about the scene that you’re shooting today? The Avengers are coming to Wakanda to talk to you and your people.

Boseman: Are you asking why are they here? … You have a world problem with Thanos, a problem that affects everyone in the world. So Wakanda is on the world stage and we’re obviously advanced in a way where we can help with the situation, so that is all that’s happening here.

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What do your characters think of Thanos? What does Banner and Hulk think of Thanos and what does Black Panther think of Thanos?

Boseman: You know, it’s not..we don’t have time really…there’s not a long-running personal conflict for us, there are other characters who have that. We’re just dealing with the situation at hand and we know he is a threat to all of us, but in terms of, do I not like him because his style or something like that? I don’t have the opportunity to do it.

Ruffalo: Banner knows probably more about Thanos than probably anybody and he’s really trying to impress on everybody how dangerous he is, it’s a little bit of a Chicken Little [scenario]. He comes in screaming bloody murder…He’s seen what damage he can cause and how powerful he is and the entire group is in disarray, so he’s also getting caught up on what’s happened here and is trying to get them to transcend their differences and impress upon them how much danger they’re actually facing.

That sounds like a very good Banner reaction. Does The Hulk feel any differently? 

Ruffalo: The Hulk is also mightily impressed by Thanos.

In a lot of those stories with Thanos, Infinity Gauntlet and Infinity War, Hulk is at a place where is speaking in complete sentences. Is he doing that here?

Ruffalo: Really little, little ones.

Is he still monosyllabic in this?

Ruffalo: Uhm…We’re starting to find a Hulk…the division between Hulk and Banner is starting to blur a little bit and so you have a Hulk that can actually express himself without being angry. There are sentences, yes. We’re getting into like a five-year-old.

How much of being terrified of Thanos is carryover from Ragnarok versus happening in the beginning of this movie?

Ruffalo: So Ragnarok will be out by then…it starts in Ragnarok

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