Q: I hear a number of the "Avengers" actors got matching tattoos but Mark Ruffalo refused. Why?

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There's a cool answer to that, and a not-so-cool one. But "Avengers" star Mark Ruffalo was obliging enough to offer both in an interview on "The Tonight Show."

"First of all, I'm afraid of needles," he told host Jimmy Fallon. "So there's that. But also I kind of have a punk-rock soul. And I felt like, 'Dude, everyone has tattoos. I'm gonna be punk rock and not get the tattoo.'"

It's clear in the interview that he's making fun of himself a little when he says that and, indeed, he goes on to say that his stance might not be so principled after all.

"Honestly, I feel left out and I'm working up the courage to get needled."

He's still included in the design, at least. It's a simple line drawing that incorporates aspects of all of the original six characters' names: Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Thor and the Incredible Hulk (that's Ruffalo's character). The line is bent into a styled "A" and a number "6."

However, he might be a little late to join in at this point. The idea was to commemorate the end of the first era of Marvel movies — the run of films that all tied together to drive the plot of the first four Avengers movies and that have these six Avengers at their core (anyone who's seen the later films can attest that there are a lot of other Avengers on the team now).

Those movies have come and gone from the theaters, so it might be a little late for the Hulk to jump on the tattoo bandwagon now. But, of course, there are plenty more Marvel movies to come, so maybe he can get in on the next tattoo party.


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