Mark Ruffalo in advanced talks to be new Hulk

Before this news broke that Mark Ruffalo was deep into talks with Marvel about becoming Bruce Banner for The Avengers, I was just thinking about the actor, who most recently co-starred in the critically acclaimedThe Kids Are All Right. He’s always been one of those names recognized by film fans for his strong talent despite a total lack of name recognition thanks to an ego that must be the size of a peanut.

Well, Deadline editor-in-chief reports that Marvel and Ruffalo’s talent agency are nearing a deal to add Ruffalo as Hulk version 3.0. The 42-year-old certainly has the look and the type of acting chops that Marvel tends to seek out in its heroes. He also has stuck with mostly supporting roles his entire career, yet he’s respected enough that he makes for a great name to have if you want to put six or more names on a movie poster.

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