Joe and Anthony Russo recently opened up about Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) powerful takedown of Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) during the opening scene of Avengers: Infinity War.
The opening moments of Avengers: Infinity War set up Thanos as a very powerful foe for a few reasons. One of the most effective moments that showcases Thanos’ might is when he battles Hulk. Bruce Banner’s superhero alter-ego gets the jump on Thanos and pummels him with some very powerful blows. However, moments later Thanos lands an effective punch right to Hulk’s throat, before swiftly taking him down with a series of attacks. The assault concludes with Hulk on the floor similarly to Loki’s iconic pummeling in 2012’s The Avengers.
This causes Hulk to remain in hiding for the duration of Avengers: Infinity War. Some fans took this moment as a showcase for the Infinity Gauntlet’s ability to enhance the strength of Thanos, but it turns out that isn’t the case. During a Collider Screening Series event in which fans were treated to a Q&A with the Russo Brothers following a screening of Avengers: Infinity War, Joe Russo shed some light on the scene.
“I would say that he’s just that powerful. You didn’t see him actively use the power stone in that fight. I think ultimately, the way we looked at that fight and the way we talked about it with our stunt team when we were executing it was Hulk is obviously very powerful, but he’s a little mindless in his fighting style.
It’s aggressive, it’s pummeling. Thanos is the Ghengis Kahn of the universe, he’s a very skilled fighter, equally as strong. So when you put those two up against each other, the more skilled fight is going to win ultimately. Which is why Hulk has a moment where he overpowers Thanos, but ultimately Thanos is smart.”
Although it’s understandable that some fans misunderstood the meaning behind this moment, there is always one key way to tell when Thanos is using the Gauntlet. Whenever an Infinity Stone is in use on the Infinity Gauntlet, the respective stone will noticeably light up. This doesn’t happen in that opening scene which means that, as Joe Russo elaborated on above, Thanos is just that powerful even without the Infinity Stones.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated on all news regarding Avengers: Infinity War as soon as more information becomes available. Outside of Thanos’ iconic snap, what was your favorite use of the Gauntlet or any Infinity Stone during the film? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Concept Art Reveals Alternate Designs For Thanos’ Black Order
New Avengers: Infinity War concept art reveals alternate designs for Thanos' Black Order.
After making brief appearances in Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy, Thanos emerged from the shadows in search of the Infinity Stones with the assistance of his minions, collectively known as the Black Order. Now, new Avengers: Infinity War concept art offers fans a look at alternate and early designs for Thanos' Children named Cull Obsidian, Ebony Mawand, Proxima Midnight, and Corvus Glaive.
You can check out the first photo below and click "Next" to view the rest of the gallery!
Thanos will return in the untitled sequel to Infinity War.
A culmination of 22 interconnected films the fourth installment of the Avengers saga will draw audiences to witness the turning point of this epic journey. Our beloved heroes will truly understand how fragile this reality is and the sacrifices that must be made to uphold it.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers 4 is expected to star Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner, Brie Larson, Josh Brolin and Chris Pratt.
Avengers 4 is scheduled to be released in theaters on May 3, 2019.