Controversy over Mark Ruffalo’s earnings from ‘The Avengers’

The run which actor Mark Ruffalo had with the MCU franchise was a really good one. With the recent release of the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ marking the end of the current phase of the franchise. It might be safe to say that the time has come for the actor to move on to other projects. Although the case might be that of prosperity for Mark, as he was actually not always motivated to stay in the acting scene. As a matter of fact, a time existed in his life where he was ready to quit acting and launch into another career path.


Acting for Mark has been a dream ever since he was a child. He always knew he wanted to build a career in Hollywood and this prompted him to attend the Stella Adler School of Acting. With time, he co-founded the Orpheus Theatre Company. His significant work in theatre began to earn him television and movie roles. The up in his career began when he met with the playwright Kenneth Lonergan. Among the number of roles, he landed in Lonergan’s works were in ‘This is our Youth’ as well as 2000’s ‘You can count on me.’ This eventually led to more movie roles like ‘Collateral’ and ‘The kids are all right.’


Mark’s television debut was made in 1989 in an episode of the CBS ‘Summer Playhouse’ TV series. He played the role of Michael Dunn in the episode ‘American Nuclear.’ His movie debut was made in the 1994 movie ‘Mirror, Mirror 2: Raven Dance’ where he played the character, Christian. He had his first big break after he appeared on the 2000’s ‘You can count on me.’


While it is very obvious that Mark is enjoying success now, it was not all that easy along the way. Mark in an interview spoke about his struggle to keep up his acting career for years. He said it took him decades before he could actually get off the ground. He informed the host in the interview that he was what you would call a “30-year overnight sensation.” Apparently, it took Mark 600 auditions to break forth into acting. As unbelievable as it may seem, it started with 600 auditions with no success. Mark noted that:

“Most smart people would have quit when it takes that long.” So, when the struggle was taking a toll on him, he thought of throwing in the towel and quitting show business."

He continued saying,

"The light in his life then was his mother who would not hear of him letting go of his dream of becoming an actor.  He recalled that he could not do anything else and she let him know that if he tried to quit, she was never going to speak to him again."


Mark Ruffalo is widely known playing the role of the Hulk in ‘The Avengers,’ the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie franchise. Long before now, after his acting debut in 1989 in the CBS TV series ‘American Nuclear,’ he appeared in the TV movie ‘Nuclear Family.’ After his big break for appearing in the movie ‘You can count on me’ in 2000, he had a recurring role in the TV series ‘The Beat’ playing the character Zane Marinelli for eight episodes.


All through his career, Mark has appeared in numerous successful movies. His highest grossing movie so far is ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. Other high returns movies include ‘The Avengers,’ ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ and ‘Iron Man 3.’ Ruffalo is generally known for his roles in movies like ‘Collateral,’ ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ as well as ‘Foxcatcher.’ He has earned Academy Award nominations for his spectacular roles in ‘The kids are all right,’ ‘Foxcatcher’ and ‘Spotlight.’


The MCU movie franchise has garnered so much profit which has broken records in Hollywood and they are very much still at it. This is definitely a pointer to how well the actors involved in the creation of these movies have earned. Mark earned well over two million dollars for his role in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ in 2015. Robert Downey Jr. was the highest paid actor in the movie taking home forty million dollars while Scarlett Johansson was the second highest paid, earning twenty million dollars. Ruffalo earned way more for his appearance in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ in 2018 with an estimated salary of six million dollars. His salary for the first Avengers movie was approximately two million dollars.


Ruffalo has come to be known as the actor who carelessly reveals spoilers for upcoming Marvel movies. As a result of this, actor Don Cheadle who plays the role of James Rhodes has refused to do press tours with Mark. On ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,’ Don informed the host that Mark is “careless” and always talks too much when it comes to Marvel movies. According to him, Mark runs his mouth a lot and left for him, he does not need the hassle. Don does not want to be sitting next to him when Mark blows the whole reveal of the movie. Apparently, Mark has this in common with Tom Holland who plays Spiderman, they are both too chatty.

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An estimate of Mark’s net worth as at 2019 has been revealed to be thirty million dollars. However, with the seeming conclusion of this phase of the movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the question of what is next for actors like Mark simply comes to mind. Ruffalo is currently working on a television drama series on HBO titled, ‘I Know This Much Is True.’ In this series, he plays the twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey. The six-episode series is written and directed by Derek Cianfrance and is based on the 1998 novel written by author Wally Lamb. It also looks like Ruffalo is in the concluding parts of his work on the movie, ‘Newsflash.’

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The huge break for the MCU is definitely not rocket science, they have worked for it and they have earned it. It is also definite that amazing works of creative like these MCU movies pave unique ways for its actors especially in the world of Hollywood and generally. The cast of ‘The Avengers’ are set for greater paths. What are your thoughts on this? Kindly share them in the comment.

Source: Cheatsheet, Cheatsheet.

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