Smart Hulk almost appeared in Avengers: Infinity War.
Remember in the months leading up to Avengers: Infinity War that we all thought Hulk would be a part of that final fight against Thanos? You remember the shot in the trailer. It featured the green giant running at full speed alongside the other heroes in all his angry glory. And yet, when the film came out, we were in for a big surprise. Not only was Hulk not in that final confrontation, but he doesn’t actually appear in his full green form at all in the movie after that opening scene.
It’s only later, in Avengers: Endgame that we actually introduced to Smart Hulk in the diner scene. Through a conversation, we were told just how Bruce Banner came to terms with “the other guy.” Personally, it didn’t bother me, but I know a lot of people who were irked that the change happened off-screen. As it turns out, though, the filmmakers fully intended on showing that transformation during the climax of Avengers: Infinity War.
“This scene did originally involve the birth of Smart Hulk. Filmed it and everything,” co-screenwriter Christopher Markus said during an Infinity War watch party (via ComicBook.com). “Ruffalo was genius, arguing with himself. Didn’t work for beans.”
Now, while this may be news for a lot of you, I am sure there are plenty of people who already knew about this. This scene was actually included in the Infinity Saga Box Set that came out last year. In it, we saw Bruce coming to terms within the Hulkbuster. For the first time, we see the two actually fully working together as a team.
Personally, I think that would have been an amazing scene to see in theaters. Instead, we saw Hulk refusing to come out and Banner essentially getting absorbed into a wall when Thanos showed up. While I’m not eaten up about this loss of a scene, I can understand why the Hulk-faithful are. It’s a scene that would have completed an entire arc, and instead, it occurs completely off-screen. It minimizes the arc of Bruce and makes Smart Hulk’s appearance less impactful.
That being said, I can’t help but wonder what it was that the filmmakers saw about that scene that didn’t work. In my opinion, the quartet of Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Anthony Russo, and Joe Russo, has proven to have amazing taste. They have crafted four amazing movies together, so I can’t help but think that if there was something that truly didn’t work about the movie, that we should trust them.
But how do you feel about the loss of that scene? Does it hurt Hulk as a whole? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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