Hulk Actor Mark Ruffalo Contemplates MCU Retirement

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Mark Ruffalo may have been the final actor that completed the original "Avengers Six" but he's had a lengthy stint in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, outlasting castmates Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Scarlett Johansson. Now, Ruffalo has made his return to the franchise via She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, and judging by his previous interviews, it looks like the Green Goliath will be sticking around all the way to Avengers: Secret Wars.

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Of course, he isn't getting any younger and despite his recent statement regarding his MCU future, a lot of people are under the impression that he's the next guy out. Well, if you'd ask Ruffalo himself, the idea of retiring from the billion-dollar franchise hasn't crossed his mind just yet.

When asked by Variety if retirement is in his immediate future, the Hulk actor said he doesn't know what's in store for him although he admits that it would be nice to play the character for as long as the studio wants him to. He said: "I don’t know! I’m always surprised that I’m still here. I mean, me and Ed Norton joke that the Hulk is like our generation’s Hamlet — we’re all going to get a shot at it. I keep waiting for the next version of it."

Ruffalo added: "I mean, I’ll probably do it as long as they’ll have me, if people are interested, and I can bring something that’s interesting to me to it, and interesting to the fans. But I have no idea. I mean, you know, when you look at the comics, there’s some pretty grizzled, old versions of him. I’m like, OK, the 67-year-old Hulk, that would be interesting — if all of us are still here making movies and there’s a world that allows for us to do that anymore. With what we’re living in and heading towards, the future feels more precarious than any other time. So I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself. But I hope I’m still around to do it."

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Of course, Ruffalo's retirement from the MCU is "inevitable" but I certainly hope Marvel Studios will give him a standalone project before he officially leaves the franchise. He's been teasing a World War Hulk film as of late so I say, green light that project already.

Meanwhile, the first two episodes of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law are now streaming on Disney+.