The Marvel family is a pretty tight-knit group. They almost have to be considering the amount of movies, televisions shows and other projects they’ve all participated in over the years. The original team of heroes, which consisted of Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), and Mark Ruffalo (the Incredible Hulk), have been working together since the release of the first Avengers movie almost ten years ago. To commemorate their life-changing experience, the first Avengers decided to get matching Marvel-themed tattoos - well, all of them except for one.
We have an Avengers tattoo. The only person who doesn’t have it is Mark Ruffalo because he’s lame, basically. We tried to get him to do it. We said ‘What if we do it with like white ink? What if we did it in water and we could have the experience of all doing it together?’ He just shut it down, it was not a thing. He’s such a party pooper.
Scarlett Johansson doesn’t actually seem mad at Mark Ruffalo, so it’s probably safe to assume the ribbing is all in good fun. Although one has to wonder why he was so reluctant to get inked in the first place. It’s hard to imagine not feeling left out when the rest of your friends get matching tats, but Mark Rufflao could be immune to FOMO. That in and of itself would be a superpower. The actor has said he’s afraid of needles, but we know the real reason. And that reason, of course, is that any tattoos would get super stretched out when he transforms into the giant green Hulk.
The Avengers crew isn’t the first cast to get matching ink. Arguably the most notable example is the Lord of the Rings cast. After filming wrapped on The Return of the King, the original Fellowship members (Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Bean, and Ian McKellen) each got the word ‘nine’ in Elvish. Ironically, there was also one member of the Fellowship who opted out: John Rhys-Davies, who played Gimli. However, the cast invited Brett Beattie, who acted as Gimli’s stunt double and stand-in, to get in on the tattoo action.
Whether or not Mark Ruffalo got the Avengers tattoo, it doesn’t change the fact that he and Scarlett Johansson are major parts of one the biggest franchises in the world. The original Avengers film was released in 2012, and now Black Widow will mark the eighth time Scarlett Johansson has portrayed the Russian superspy. Black Widow is out in theaters and on Disney+ Premier Access now, so catch it on both the big and small screens.