What Will Mark Ruffalo Do Next Following His Run as Hulk in the MCU?

Mark Ruffalo has portrayed the Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for quite some time. Initially appearing on the scene for 2012’s The Avengers, it has been nearly a decade since he first climbed into the CGI skin of the jade giant. And, though Avengers: Endgame left Bruce Banner’s future up in the air, recent news confirmed that he is in talks to appear in the Disney+ She-Hulk series set to debut as part of Phase 4. However, what will Mark Ruffalo do when his time as Banner comes to an end — what’s the post-Incredible Hulk plan? 

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Mark Ruffalo | Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images for Disney

Though widely known for starring in the MCU today, Mark Ruffalo has taken on an assortment of various characters — spanning genres, yet often playing a “type” of hero, as seen in Spotlight, Dark Waters, and Zodiac. In other words, he is in-demand outside of the Avengers saga as well, and it should come as no surprise that his portfolio is in for a little diversification. Let’s dive into what’s next for the three-time Academy Award nominee.

Mark Ruffalo is set to star in 2020’s ‘I Know This Much Is True’

I Know This Much Is True is an upcoming TV mini-series set to premiere in April; it will feature Mark Ruffalo as two characters: Dominick Birdsey, and his twin brother Thomas who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. 

The story will be told from Dominick’s point of view, as he recounts his troubled relationship with his twin. If you’re up to a heavy-hitter, Ruffalo’s turn as two characters simultaneously will definitely be worth a watch, but this will not be a “light” show. If you don’t have HBO, consider getting it before April 27! Philip Ettinger, Kathryn Hahn, and Mellissa Leo will co-star alongside Ruffalo. 

Mark Ruffalo and ‘Newsflash’

While Newsflash does not yet have a premiere date, the movie will follow CBS newsman Walter Cronkite on November 22, 1963 — the day he is tasked with reporting the assassination of President Jonh F. Kennedy. 

Considering movies in which actors play real-life people often lead to Oscar wins — Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, Ben Kingsley as Gandhi, Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, etc. — this has the potential to be Chris Pine’s first Oscar win…if he can live up to expectations and pay homage to peoples’ memory of one of the most iconic newscasters to ever live. Mark Ruffalo will co-star as Don Hewitt.

Mark Ruffalo will voice Hulk in ‘What If…?’

Though Mark Ruffalo is prepping to close the door on his run as the Hulk, he will voice the character in the Disney+ animated show, What If…?, which will bring back several of the iconic actors from the MCU for voice roles.

So, while fans should prepare for Mark Ruffalo’s MCU farewell, he has a few more turns left as Bruce Banner before he closes the door on this chapter of his life. However, he has challenges ahead when it comes to upcoming roles, as playing twins and a well-known figure will not be easy.