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Meet the Animators Behind the Hulk in “The Avengers”

Go behind the scenes with the men who built M&F’s mean, green cover guy

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Meet the Animators Behind the Hulk in “The Avengers”

M&F: What did you take from Arnold specifically?

CW: We actually looked at him when he wasn’t in competition form, where we couldn’t see every striation and all the separation between the muscles. Sometimes it felt like there was a smoother transition between — let’s say the delts into the triceps or into the biceps. We just really tried to get smoother transitions in between muscles. I felt that was a big part of this, the transitions between the muscles and not just the muscles themselves.

M&F: In terms of scale, how big is this Hulk and does he get bigger and bigger as he gets angrier, like in Ang Lee’s Hulk?

CW: No. He pretty much stays the one size. He’s 8’ 6” and he stays at that size. So actually, in comparison to the other two Hulks, the Ang Lee Hulk and the last one, this one is probably just a little bit smaller. Ang Lee’s Hulk gets to about 13’ or14’. He gets really, really tall.

M&F: How much does he weigh at 8’ 6” feet?

JW: About 1,500 pounds.

M&F: In terms of his movements, what did you use for reference?

JW: When big heavy guys are running around, you have this jiggle and then you have the muscles flex, and then that jiggle again before it tightens up. We were watching guys weight lifting. Nothing moves in a straight line at all. It all kind of goes one direction then it zigs in another direction and then there’s a ripple of muscles under the skin. For us, we really wanted to capture all of that in this Hulk. What was great about the design, he’s very big, he’s very beefy, but he’s not hardened, 100% cut with no body fat. When his muscles are at rest, he’s actually got some softer areas in his skin, and that gives us a lot to play around with in terms of getting the physics right.

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