Incredible Hulk Stole 'Avengers' & Scored Mark Ruffalo a Brand New Gig

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Mark RuffaloThe Avengers hulk smashed its way past the wizarding world of Harry Potter to claim a new box office record this past weekend with $200.3 million in ticket sales. And now for the actual surprise. Nearly half of those tickets were sold to women. Why? I've got three words for you: The Incredible Hulk. And now two more: Mark Ruffalo

In a script by Joss Whedon -- male director oft described as a feminist -- smooth, sexy Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man has been dethroned in favor of a guy who literally smashes through everything set in front of him. But it's as the Hulk's alter-ego Dr. Bruce Banner that Ruffalo and Whedon have reinvented the superhero as the everyman.

Goodbye macho man. Hello sweet, humble, unassuming, conflicted guy who looks more like he needs a hug and, I dare say it, mothering, than a man ready to take on the world. Who would have thought of the Incredible Hulk as cuddly? Who would have thought the Hulk would be getting all the attention today?

During interviews with the actors before the New York premiere last week, Tom Hiddleston, who plays the movie's main villain, Loki, joked that it was almost embarrassing sitting at Comic-Con last fall with people so focused on giving him "Loki Love" while Ruffalo and Captain America actor Chris Evans sat beside him. At the time comic book fans were still uneasy about Ruffalo's casting.

Those days are over. We're in love with the Incredible Hulk. And the big green lug has gotten Ruffalo plenty of attention, from a Twitter hacker who has taken his account hostage to sending bids sky high on some Avengers-themed memorabilia he's signed to support the green charity he passionately talks up every chance he can get about the danger of natural gas drilling instead of the danger of letting a green monster loose in Manhattan.

But it's Disney/Marvel's promise to give Ruffalo his own movie in 2015, a flick that will be 100 percent Hulk, that shows how much this reinvigorated character means to the franchise. In total, we're supposed to get six films out of him.

He's certainly sexy enough to draw the ladies (sorry, but you were thinking it too). But thanks to Whedon and Ruffalo himself, Hulk is finally a superhero we can wrap our arms around and let him carry us through another Avengers (they totally set that up at the end of the movie; if you stayed for the post-credits scene?) and beyond ... fingers crossed anyway.

Who stole your heart in The Avengers over the weekend?


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nonmember avatar dre

Enough said..:-)

Jespren Jespren

??? Banner was the least impressive male presence on screen. He did a great job as Banner, but...women were really looking at him with Thor, Captain America, Tony Stark, and Hawkeye on the screen? Really? What's wrong with women today!

nonmember avatar lynna

@Jespren, yes hard as it is the believe, the actor that gave the most nuanced performance was super attractive to the ladies.

Also never doubt that lingering crush on Ruffalo since 13 Going on 30 being majorly revived. (Well mine was revived with his performance in The Kids are Alright but you get the point.)

onefo... onefootcutiepie

I thought he was super sexy the whole time! Glad I'm not crazy! Avengers was AWESOME and I hate superhero movies, lol

MomLi... MomLily67

I loved Hulk-Banner and Hawkeye, althought the other papis were not hard to look at!!! Have always liked RDJ 'cause of his bad boy days..

Beth McCormack Bernitt

We all Love Ruffalo especially those of us who have had even a minute 's face time with this,A list-er or maybe he is a G list-er (for Green).He is the guy that says his good buys and takes those 3 steps back to be sure to shake your 11 year olds hand and let her know "it was nice to meet you McKinley"  The Avengers had us all laughing as much a cheering. I was thrilled to see an oh so clear eyed Robert Downy Jr. being his so slick and cocky super heroself. That along with his "Big GUY" Green buddy,maked all us women's hearts skip more than just one beat and makes me want to yell " I hate action films! But, LOVED THIS ONE"

Rhaps... RhapsodyG

Really??? Out of all the Avengers, the Hulk franchise keeps tanking, and not even Ed Norton (WOOT) could pull it out of the dumps. Saying Ruffalo stole Avengers is ridiculous.

Green... GreenKnitMama

I LOVE Mark Ruffalo...since "13 Going On 30".

kiri8 kiri8

I'm still in love with Thor, but I liked all of the Avengers, Hulk included.

cocob... cocobeannns

Captain America. And I love Iron Man's sense of humor. It makes him the sexiest in my opinion. 

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