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Speaking to the last time we saw Banner and Black Widow together, they were at a very critical moment, I’m curious to how that might be explored in this film.

Ruffalo: In this film? They’re star-crossed lovers, so it’ll be something they’re dealing with for the rest of their living days, I think. Whether it’s requited or unrequited, I don’t imagine that’s gonna go away anytime soon in one iteration or another.

What are some of the days where you have the biggest amount of cast on set? I don’t know what you guys have shot so far, but I’m sure there’s stuff with even more characters than there are today.

Ruffalo: Way more. This is the first day we’ve had so many different people together. This is the biggest cast together.

Boseman: I can tell you what it feels like today…It’s fun to see, especially because we have not had a lot of opportunities to work together and when you look at actors that you respect and revere and you see them doing their things, it’s not just about the characters but the cast members. It’s fun to listen to people tell stories. It’s a lot of pressure […] I don’t have time to joke when we are shooting Black Panther, it’s serious all the time. But in this case, you don’t have all the weight on your shoulders, so you have more comfort. We’re sharing the weight. Which is actually what’s happening with the superheroes as well, because they could not deal with Thanos alone. I think there is a lot of comfort in having people who are so good around you.

As you’re shooting this, neither Ragnarok or Black Panther are out yet, so without having seen the finished movie, what is it like dealing with the character?

Boseman: For me, it does not make a difference because once the movie is out, I don’t watch it anymore anyway so my perspective is only from being inside it, and we just finished so it’s like I’m just carrying on the story.

Ruffalo: I’d say the same.

Mark, can you talk about the evolution the Avengers films from the first one? Are your challenges going into that one and having the audience respond to them, how that might have evolved into Ultron and how it feels going into this one now? Are they treated like different projects when you come around to them?

Ruffalo: Oddly enough, I joke with people that this is like doing a TV show where you shoot one episode every three years. There’s a continuity to it and when we talked about it with Marvel or Kevin, we really do talk about it as the character’s progression and where…I’ve been able to have a lot of say in where it goes and you’re also dealing with a new script and a new world, but the characters feel like they’re making a journey, you know? And it does feel like one goes to the next and goes to the next. It feels like a long serial which is nice, I think.

Chadwick, from movie to movie, we’ve seen a lot of characters that get new suits, new gadgets. What can you say about Black Panther’s costume from this new movie. Do you have any vehicles or is there any alterations to your suit that we’re going to see?

Boseman: You know… Yes, there are alterations to the suit. I lost a little weight so the altering…No, I’m joking. There are alterations but I think it’s more so, I cannot be specific about those things. From Black Panther, you’re going into the world of Wakanda, they’re more technologically advanced than any other nation on the planet, so you’re seeing some gadgets and technology and the merger of those things with spiritually in that way that you didn’t see in Civil War. But that is because you’re coming into their space, so yes, the answer is yes, I’m not going to tell you what it is.

For both of you, where there any specific comic books that you read to help you prepare for this movie?

Ruffalo: This one we’re like in new territory, really.

Boseman: It’s different in this one, I don’t know how to explain it. It’s just because we’re in so many different places.

Ruffalo: And it’s so different from the comic books. There’s elements that are clearly the same but when you really start to get into the story everything changes. I did…Planet Hulk was a big influence for Thor 3, and the idea, the inkling of World War Hulk starts to…I read [that] way before doing this and there’s some interesting stuff in there, but honestly nothing so far directly related to this.

You didn’t read Infinity Gauntlet or any of those?

Ruffalo: Yeah, that is informative as well, but then again it just gets so…off of that topic that it starts to become a little confusing where you’re like “Why isn’t this in there? Why are we doing this?”

Boseman: It actually takes away from what is actually happening in front of you I think, in this case.

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Character-wise, are there interactions that your characters get to have with people that they haven’t that you’re excited for.

Ruffalo: Maybe

Boseman: Yes, I think so. Again without being specific, because we can’t get too into [it].

Ruffalo: What generally ends up happening too is we find stuff as we’re going along. This is the first time we’re together, so we have a whole giant sequence coming up where we could interact, you don’t really know. A lot of the pages we’re just getting the morning that we’re shooting because it’s so secretive too. Just today, Don Cheadle and I never really had any kind of a thing and all today all of a sudden there is something there.

Is there anyone you want your character [to do] or you’re hoping your characters get to interact with?

Ruffalo: I’d love to more stuff to with him [Boseman]. I think it’s really funny to have Banner and him together, I think that’s really interesting.

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Where do Tony and Bruce pick back up?

Ruffalo: Well, coming out of Thor 3, Banner’s had a life changing experience in Thor 3 that makes him much more expressive and not so internalized, you know? So it’s not combative, but they’re not so in-sync as they were. Plus, Banner doesn’t understand Civil War. He just doesn’t get it.

Speaking to Tony and Banner, is this gonna be a movie that Science Bros. fans will be stoked about? I know you’re aware of this…

Ruffalo: Oh yeah, there’s great Science Bros. stuff. There’s good Science Bros. stuff. We’re paired up again.

I was gonna ask about that because previously these guys were the brains. But now with T’Challa and his family and the Wakandan people, [who] are so far beyond that in tech. How does that play out, that relationship? And how essential are Wakandans to defending Earth?

Ruffalo: Hugely.

Boseman: You definitely see where some of the gap is…You see where the gap is and what some things we’re able to do that they’re not able to do and that one you will definitely find.

Ruffalo: There’s no way to overcome what they’re facing without in some way coming to terms with their differences and embracing their diversity. That’s essentially a core value of the film and that together, only together, can they triumph.

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What is the Dora Milaje’s reaction to all these Avengers and maybe the Guardians, if they meet them?

Boseman: About them coming into the country?

Yeah, just meeting them, what’s their reaction.

Boseman: You would have to ask one of them, but the initial entry of them into the country is definitely like “Are you sure about this? Are you sure you want to let them in?”

Ruffalo: There goes the neighborhood.

Boseman: There goes the neighborhood, that is a good way of saying it.

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Look for more coverage from our visit to the Infinity War set in the days and weeks to come. Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on April 27, 2018.

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