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Mark Ruffalo Knows What Science Bros Is, Ships It

I can’t imagine that many of our readers aren’t familiar with “Science Bros,” but just in case, let me recap: It’s the pairing, sometimes platonically but often decidedly not, of Bruce Banner and Tony Stark in The Avengers. It’s sunshine and rainbows and flowers and science.

And now Mark Ruffalo ships it.

The news comes courtesy of Vulture; one of their writers showed the Hulk actor Tumblr’s “Science Bros” tag during an interview, because they’re awesome like that. His reaction was priceless:

“Are you joking?” he asked as he began scrolling through the images. “There’s all this art of me and Robert [Downey Jr.]?” Giggles gave way to full belly laughter. A concerned publicist came over, though Ruffalo was laughing so hard that he could barely explain himself to her.

“Is that a cartoon of you?” she asked.

“Yes! It’s me and Robert! Look at this! There’s thousands of them!” Ruffalo tried to contain himself. “It’s called the Science Bros. This is awesome. I’ve never heard of it. Why hasn’t anyone told me about that?”

He then asked whether Science Bros is a “quasi-erotic” thing, which of course most of it is, because Tumblr. Far from being freaked out by this, Ruffalo called it “cute” and, asked whether he shipped it, said “Yeah! I love it; it’s awesome. I endorse is 100 percent. You know what it is? It’s open-source creativity.” He gets us.

But wait. It gets better:

He alighted on a drawing of Stark leaning onto Banner’s shoulder suggestively, offering him something out of a bag. “Would you like a gummy worm?” Ruffalo murmured, supplying his own caption.

Predictably, the Tumblr tag is now filled with “gummy worms” references. I love you, fandom.


Ruffalo couldn’t wait to drop his newfound knowledge bomb on Downey Jr. “I’m going to call him and tell him, and he’s going to laugh his ass off,” Ruffalo said. “He’ll love that.”

RIP fourth wall. I’m not entirely convinced Downey Jr. doesn’t know about Science Bros already.

(via: Vulture)

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  • Anonymous


    We follow AGENT COULSON through the curiously empty facility

    COULSON: Mister Stark! Doctor Banner!

    He looks around for a few seconds, exasperated.

    SPEAKERPHONE: Oh, hey, Agent. Come on up to the roof.

    I’ll trust the rest of you to take it from here.

  • electrasteph

    Ruffalo is a pretty big science nerd anyway – I saw him do an interview on why fracking is dangerous – he’s a spokesperson against it – and he knew what he was talking about.

  • Elwyne

    And now I love him even more.

  • Anonymous

    I love when actors get in on the fandom. This is like when Martin Freeman showed Benedict Cumberbatch all the Sherlock fan art. So much love for this.

  • Lisa Liscoumb

    I never used to be a Mark Ruffalo fan, but the more I see of him, both on- and off-screen, the more I’m liking him.

  • Lisa Liscoumb

    Clark Gregg is totally into the Coulson fandom – he often posts pics and stuff people have done of Coulson on his Twitter feed.

  • Mike Cassandra

    Best response he could have had! Love it. Anybody want a gummy worm?

  • Anonymous

    So, my takeaway from this article is that the real-life version of Science Bros is “Awesome Actors Getting Fandom.”

  • Samantha Port

    Yeah, I’m gonna take a wild guess and say RDJ is already well aware of Science Bros, or at least, if he isn’t already aware of the fandom, he totally ships it anyway. Just saying since he once said in an interview that he ships Holmes/Watson and he gave a shoutout to all the fans of it. Soooo.

    Actually, my girlfriend and I used to make frequent jokes about RDJ having a secret Tumblr and browsing the fandoms of his movies in his spare time. :P Because why not?

  • Myomorph

    Really? Was it mentioned in an interview (print/vid)? Or is there actual footage of them cooing over fanart? Either way, I’d love a link here if you can find it! Thanks!

  • Myomorph


  • Savannah Nicole Logsdon-Breaks

    So, Considering how shiptastic he’s been about other recent roles (hello sherlock holmes movies…) RDJ either already knows and lols or will lol forever and with both of them knowing I anticipate lots of fan servicey shenanigans at press stuff here on out.

  • Savannah Nicole Logsdon-Breaks

    This would not surprise me.

  • Lisa Still Smouldering

    I bet RDJ started it in the first place. If he says ‘I don’t know what this ‘fan shipping’ thing is’-DEFINITELY.

  • Lisa Still Smouldering

    AWESOME. Also, everyone should know what fracking is and how dangerous it is to the…well, entire planet. : /

  • Lisa Still Smouldering

    If you’ve seen the RDJ-Jude Law interview on The Graham Norton Show, they TOTALLY ship it IRL! (Go look it up on Youtube-you’ll be glad you did!)