Re: AVENGERS - movie Discussion, News, Interviews, Pics till release 2 Good to hear. This is the third film appearance for Banner and the third actor to play him. While Captain America, Iron Man and Thor are all actors established in their roles. After all these years Bill Bixby is the most well known version of Banner. Ruffalo probably won't have a lot of screen time to establish a unique take on the the role. Better to use Bixby as an inspiration. Sure while in his normal state as Banner he is a brilliant scientist. Compared to the others characters he is also more of a normal guy. With a team like this its important to contrast the differences in the characters. Bill Bixby brought a sense of an everyman with a huge problem to the part. Which would work nicely here.