Mark Ruffalo was sorely missed in “Captain America: Civil War.” Well, he’s back and better than ever in “Now You See Me 2.” Ruffalo, who reprises his role from the 2013 film “Now You See Me,” uses magic to escape from some thugs in a clip released from the upcoming movie.
Comicbook.com reports that Summit Entertainment has released three clips from “Now You See Me 2” and a B-roll footage. The first clip features Daniel Radcliffe’s evil tech prodigy character named Walter Mabry asking Jesse Eisenberg’s character, J. Daniel “Danny” Atlas, to turn over some “stick” which looks like a wallet and obviously plays an important role in the plot. Atlas refuses and Mabry has him beaten up by his henchmen.
Out of nowhere, Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) intervenes and can be seen on the seven-second mark in the clip. He isolates Atlas, beats him up, warns him not to question his methods again, then throws him behind a door. He refuses to turn over the “stick” to Mabry. Before Mabry’s thugs can intimidate him, however, he takes the two of them by surprise and knocks them down. Then he conjures an invisible glass wall and knocks down a third thug. Three more remain as he takes a giant green cloth and hides under it. The thugs are ready to pounce on him when they lift the cloth and see a rabbit underneath. Rhodes has vanished, somehow.
Mark Ruffalo and the Four Horsemen’s magic tricks will no doubt be an interesting watch, but the extra seasoning this time is Daniel Radcliffe himself. It is perhaps a conscious irony that Radcliffe’s character in “Now you See Me 2” is the anti-Harry Potter, despite being associated with magic in both. In the “Potter” films, Harry was one of the most powerful wizards of all-time and a force of good. Here, he is on the wrong side of the moral compass and a failure at magic.
“Walter definitely plays the anti-magician, who maybe used to love magic, but he’s horrible at it,” director Jon M. Chu had told Entertainment Weekly (EW). “He’s been burnt by it, so he’s turned to science. Science is the real magic to him. He basically takes these Horsemen [Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, and Lizzy Caplan] on a ride. He now owns the Horsemen in a way that they have to escape his magic trick,” Chu added.
It will be interesting to see whether Radcliffe is able to successfully cast a spell on his audience when “Now You See Me 2” hits cinemas worldwide this month. Watch the clip below.