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Avengers Endgame star Mark Ruffalo references Thanos’ snap in Josh Brolin’s birthday wish, fans say ‘act of aggression’

Marvel fans reacted with shock to Mark Ruffalo’s birthday message for his Avengers: Endgame co-star Josh Brolin.

Avengers Infinity War Updated: Feb 14, 2019 15:29 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner in a still from Avengers.

Mark Ruffalo took to Twitter to wish his Marvel co-star Josh Brolin a happy birthday recently, and his witty message was received with mixed reactions from fans. Ruffalo tweeted, “Happy Birthday to my Brother, Josh Brolin. Keep living the Dream. In a snap, it will be over.”

Ruffalo’s reference to the snap - or the Decimation, as it has officially been titled - was seen as a low blow. Brolin plays the villainous Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while Ruffalo plays the Incredible Hulk. At the end of Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos snaps his fingers and ‘kills’ half the universe’s population.

The snap is seen as a pivotal moment in the MCU, and its repercussions will be addressed in the upcoming Avengers: Endgame. The latest trailer for the film shows the ‘survivors’ trying to regroup after the events of Infinity War.

“I’m going to pretend you didn’t say that,” one Twitter user wrote in reply to Ruffalo’s tweet. “You really did that omg,” wrote another. “This seems like an act of aggression,” wrote another person, while several others shared GIFs with shocked expressions.

Also read: On Josh Brolin’s birthday, here are the top 5 Thanos theories before Avengers: Endgame

Interestingly, Brolin in an earlier interview had said that it was Ruffalo who convinced him to take on the role. “At the beginning, before I said yes, I called Mark Ruffalo and I said, ‘What do you think of this?’ He was like, ‘It’s going to be really uncomfortable in the beginning, and then you see the movie, and you’ll just be absolutely blown away by the stuff you were doing,’” Brolin told Total Film.

Brolin and Ruffalo will appear together in Endgame along with Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, among others.

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First Published: Feb 14, 2019 15:29 IST