If you have seen Infinity War, then the title alone is enough to fill you in on the background here. If you haven’t seen Infinity War yet, what are you doing reading this, go and watch it immediately. Yes, we are talking about the subplot of the movie in where Hulk refuses to come out and fight after having his butt kicked by Thanos in the very start of the movie. Most fans, having only the film itself to judge, assumed that Hulk was frightened after getting a beating so easily from Thanos, leaving Bruce Banner to deal with Thanos and his armies on his own.
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Now that Avengers: Infinity War is out for digital download and 2 weeks from Blu-ray release, we have the opportunity to listen to the directors views and opinions on specific moments in the movie. Screen Rant reported after watching these extras, that directors Anthony and Joe Russo had commented on whether Hulk was afraid to come back out after his defeat at the hands of Thanos, here is what they said:
“This was an interesting journey we went on with Banner, trying to decide how we move him forward in the Marvel Universe. What makes him unique as a character is that there is a host body that is being fought over by two distinct personalities who hate each other. And both want control of the host body. So we thought an interesting direction to take him in is what if Banner, who typically uses the Hulk to solve crisis situations, what if the Hulk were no longer interested in solving those problems for Banner? So that the relationship is becoming increasingly dysfunctional. That’s what’s going on here. People have speculated whether there was some fear on the Hulk’s part about having to face Thanos again. But I think ultimately what it is, is that he’s tired of playing hero to Bruce Banner.”
I have to say, I’m slightly surprised by this answer, because whatever their intentions, it certainly came across in the movie for audiences that Hulk was afraid. However, our own headcanon is kind of irrelevant when the directors are explicitly saying that this was not due to Hulk being afraid. Ok, I guess that rules out a few theories on Hulk that I had brewing for Avengers 4. We certainly know it’s a good bet that some sort of Hulk/Banner hybrid seems to be showing up in Avengers 4 after some leaked artwork (Professor Hulk anyone?), showed Hulk in a new costume for the movie.
I guess we shall have to recalibrate some of the never-ending speculation around Avengers 4 and see what kind of plan the Russo’s have in mind for Hulk.
What do you think of this insight from the movie’s directors, does it mess with your headcanon like me, or was this your guess all along? Share as always your thoughts and any predictions in the comments section below.
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SOURCE: Screen Rant