Tim Roth is the second actor from the 2008 Incredible Hulk film to return to the MCU. The first was the late William Hurt who turned up in Captain America: Civil War as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross and would appear again in Avengers: Endgame and Black Widow. Roth, who played Emile Blonksy aka the Abomination in the early Marvel Studios film popped up for a cameo with Benedict Wong in last year’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and is seen in trailer for the upcoming Disney+ series She-Hulk: Attorney at Law which debuts on August 18th. While Hurt and Roth are the only two actors to reprise their roles, the titular character and his alter ego of Bruce Banner have been a mainstay of the franchise for year with actor Mark Ruffalo replacing Ed Norton as The Hulk staring in the Avengers movie.
In an interview with Forbes, Roth talked about working with Ruffalo.
“Yeah, I was like, ‘You’ve changed.’ It’s kind of fun. We used to hang around and muck about between takes, and we had a nice time. I very much respect Mark as an actor, so even under those bizarre and wonderful circumstances, that one was a treasure.”
He also talked about returning to the character after a decade and seeing his co-stars working clued him in on what to do. “Once I started shooting on it, I didn’t know how to go about my business, and it was a bit disconcerting. Tatiana Maslany is incredible, and She-Hulk is a comedy, and she’s bloody good at comedy but, to be fair, she’s pretty, pretty good at everything. When Mark Ruffalo showed up to do his stuff that I was involved in and saw the two of them interacting, it was a penny drop moment for me, and I went, ‘Oh, that’s what we’re doing. Oh, okay,’ and then I knew what to do. Basically, on the first segment I was involved in, I got some serious direction from them about we go about our business there, and then it was all playtime. It was a lot of fun.”