No Hulk Smash anymore. After Bruce Banner’s Hulk was thoroughly decimated by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, the jolly green giant refused to show its face. The reasons for that seem to vary, depending on who you ask, but moving forward, actor Mark Ruffalo spoke on the Marvelists podcast to discuss where Banner’s character arc would take him towards the end of Infinity War:
“We went back and forth a lot on how to end the movie with Banner, and do we repeat the Hulk coming at the last minute or do we try something new? And I think at that point we were all thirsting to have Banner be his own hero for once.”
True. Whether it’s the climax of The Avengers or Thor: Ragnarok, the Hulk comes out in a pinch when most needed. But with Infinity War, it’s all Banner in that Hulkbuster. Still, going forward with Avengers 4, Ruffalo explained what he would want to see in a resolution for Bruce Banner’s character arc and the ultimate confrontation with the Hulk:
“I want to see this conflict carried out and see where that takes us and see, can they come to terms with it? Do they get a moment? I always thought it would be great to see them in some sort of subspace where they get to battle it out with Banner’s brains as some sort of his own superpower, like psych weaponry or psi weaponry against Hulk’s brute strength and have these two characters battle it out. I always thought that would be the ultimate comic book ending or something, opening to these characters.”
The fourth Avengers film will no doubt have a lot to juggle, so whether the Russos will have time to include a sort of psychological or subspace battle between Banner and Hulk remains to be seen, but it’s an interesting idea. Perhaps, with the film undergoing reshoots now, that can be implemented? Time will tell.
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Source: The Marvelist