Hulk and the Joker If you love watching "The Avengers" movies, along with the action, the love, the passion, and the epic battles that normally come along with this brand of filmic franchise, then you might like to know that some of these beloved superhero actors have been spreading their wings beyond the silver screen. Several members of the cast have decided to try their hand at Broadway, so take a look at their performances and upcoming shows to see a new side of their acting abilities.

Chris Evans in "Lobby Hero"

Who doesn't love Captain America? Especially when Chris Evans becomes the perfect physical embodiment of this comic book and movie character! Starting in March, 2018, Evans will be trading in the silver screen for the stage in his role as Bill in "Lobby Hero." The play takes place inside the foyer of a Manhattan apartment building where a crime has been committed, which is much different than the elaborate sets of "Captain America." Also, instead of playing the traditional hero, Evans will be playing an unpredictable cop alongside Michael Cera, who will be portraying a young security guard. The two actors previously worked together in "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," and fans are dying to see them together again.

While you're waiting for this show to debut, look for Evans in "Gifted," and the upcoming "Spider-Man: Homecoming" and "Avengers: Infinity War."

Cobie Smulders in "Present Laughter"
Cobie Smulders in "Present Laughter"

Agent Maria Hill, aka actress Cobie Smulders, made her Broadway debut this season in "Present Laughter." Smulders is known for embodying strong women, and this role is no different. Even though the play takes place in 1939, Smulders tells The Hollywood Reporter that her character, Joanna, is a strong, modern woman. She says: "She goes after what she wants and has no fear about doing so." The same thing can be said about Smulders herself, who asked to play this role even though she had never been on Broadway before. She admits she was terrified for her first performance, but now shows no signs of nerves or fear. Smulders explains that she has fulfilled her childhood dream of acting on Broadway and is finding the strength, vulnerability, and passion in her character every night.

In addition to "Present Laughter," you can see Smulders in "How I Met Your Mother", and "Series of Unfortunate Events" on Netflix.

Mark Ruffalo in "The Price"
Mark Ruffalo in "The Price"

You may know him as The Hulk in "The Avengers" movies, but Mark Ruffalo has a long history with the theater. He began his career producing, acting, and running a theater in Los Angeles. Since then he has been in a wide range of movies and plays, and his latest is as the star in Arthur Miller's "The Price." Ruffalo deeply connects to the blue-collar police officer he plays and the character's fight to do the right thing. He connects his character's story and personality to his real-life activism and background as the child of a construction worker and hair dresser. Even though he was the second choice for the role, director Terry Kinney, says Ruffalo was always on his mind for the part.

If you missed Ruffalo's performance in "The Price," you can see his upcoming movies, "Thor: Ragnarok" and "Avengers: Infinity War."

While you may always think of them as superheroes (as you well should), these three actors are expanding their horizons on the Broadway stage. You can get last-minute and discount Broadway tickets to see these and many other shows before their seasons end.


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