Is Mark Ruffalo Marvel’s New Hulk? [Updated]

Mark Ruffalo probably isn’t who, well, anyone thought of when Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige mentioned “a name actor” to replace Edward Norton in The Avengers. However, Nikki Finke reports that the Shutter Island co-star is in “late-stage discussions” to play Bruce Banner in the ensemble film.

As recently as this morning, names like Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, Nathan Fillion and, curiously, David Tennant were being bandied about. “Name actors,” certainly. But Ruffalo? Finke notes that he’s “an actor’s actor” who has been receiving critical raves for The Kids Are All Right. And, “unlike Edward Norton, he wouldn’t an on-set asshole.”

Be that as it may, the only one who walked away from the weekend feud sparked by Feige’s unflattering comments is Norton, whose gracious response went a long way in endearing the actor with fans. And despite his reputation among fellow the actors, the introduction of Ruffalo in Hall H during Comic-Con is less likely to be met by a round of applause than by a chorus of “Who?”

The July 24th Marvel Studios panel is expected to feature confirmation of Joss Whedon as director of The Avengers, as well as introduction of the full cast.

Update: Entertainment Weekly‘s Hollywood Insider reports that while sources confirm Marvel is interested in the 42-year-old Ruffalo, no negotiations have taken place.

Update 2: Heat Vision cites sources as saying that Ruffalo has been made an offer, but that he has neither decided whether he wants the role nor met with Whedon. Talks are reportedly under way to set up a meeting between the two at the end of the week or over the weekend.

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Comments

  • VanGoghX

    Ruffalo's a great actor. He could potentially pull off playing Banner. Not a bad replacement.

  • shawn

    He always looked like he'd be related to D'onofrio in real life. Fan of him as an actor, but it's pretty ridiculous to have 3 Banners in 3 Hulk appearances. Come on.

  • Cainmarco71

    kevin feige should step down as president of Marvel Studios for being a liar and attempting to damage the reputation of Edward Norton.

  • Stan_Lee

    Why? Norton has had the rep he's got for a while. Feige is just doing what he has to do. The exact details of what did or didn't happen won't be made public. Forget the politics and deal with the facts: Norton is out-end of story.

  • Shaun

    Ruffalo seems to me to be completely wrong for the part. Ruffalo always comes across as a really macho actor – he is big and hairy and talks funny. (And I say this as a fellow Canadian – he just has a weird way of delivering his lines). Bruce Banner is supposed to be small and weak and kind of geeky. Admittedly, Norton fit that bill a lot better than Eric Bana, and neither of them is really “small and weak”. But Ruffalo goes way too far in the other direction.

  • Tomfitz1

    With all the Bruce Banner and Hulk recasting uproar, I wonder why even have the Hulk in the Avengers movie?
    Yes, the Hulk played a significant role in the Avengers comic, but as far as I can see, the Hulk doesn't necessarily need to be in the movie. They can use the other characters that were in the movie (like Thunderbolt Ross).