– by Joseph Jammer Medina

In 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, audiences were thrown a curveball when it was revealed that Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow (a.k.a Natasha Romanoff) and Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner were a couple. Throughout the earlier films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it seemed to point a couple of other different ways. In Avengers, a Hawkeye/Black Widow relationship seemed possible, and in Captain America: The Winter Solder, a Cap/Black Widow romance also seemed to be on a table. Then, we were thrust into this opening action scene to pretty much reveal that Black Widow had been nurturing this other relationship offscreen with Bruce Banner. It was a bit strange, to say the least.

Sadly, this love was never really meant to last. Bruce Banner still had a hard time controlling himself as the Hulk when Scarlet Witch got in his head. This led him on a rampage, and eventually contributed to his decision to leave Natasha and the rest of the Avengers on Earth. He took off on the Quinjet for an unknown place (we now know he’ll end up on a distant planet in Thor: Ragnarok). Audiences knew they’d have to wait a bit before they saw this love story to fruition.

It sounds like Avengers: Infinity War will at least see Bruce and Natasha reunite. Speaking with Bravo, Johansson hinted at a scene between her and Ruffalo in the upcoming superhero team-up flick.

“I just finished Avengers: Infinity War. The first one. My character has this ongoing relationship with Mark Ruffalo’s character. I had such devastation that day. I don’t know why. I was so devastated. It was something about this character that Mark plays, and this is something that should feel so solid and suddenly doesn’t or there’s – and it reminded me of so much of the things going on in my own life at the time.”

Sadly, she was mum on actual details, and because she’s speaking so abstractly about the acting process, it’s incredibly difficult to infer anything from what she says. The overly-simplistic way to read this is that something tragic happens between the two, but I personally don’t think that would be accurate. As an actor, she seemed to just make a connection between a moment in the film and her own life, and it was that connection that devastated her.

What does this mean for Natasha and Bruce? Well, not a whole lot right now. While I’m not personally a fan of their romance (it never felt earned to me), there’s still a chance it can provide from some memorable and heavy moments for Avengers: Infinity War that can help raise the stakes.

What do you think? Are you excited to see these two heroes reunite in Avengers: Infinity War? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.