Here is an interesting confirmation from the screenwriters behind Avengers: Infinity War. Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus discussed with Collider about the making of the film, they ended up revealing the direction they took with Hulk in the film. We only got a small glimpse of Thanos’ true strength without the aid of the various Infinity Stones abilities. He had a short brawl with the Hulk on the ship that was meant to save the Asgardians from extinction and we witnessed the Hulk be defeated by the Mad Titan. This, in turn, shook the once mightiest Avenger so much that he refused to come out throughout the entire film. They reveal the reasoning for this decision in their discussion with Collider.

“He’s had his ass kicked before, and he loves a good fight. But I think that it’s really reflective of the journey from Ragnarok. These two characters are constantly in conflict with each other over control. And I think that if the Hulk were to say why it’d be Banner only wants Hulk for fighting. I think he’s had enough of saving Banner’s ass.”

There certainly was a very different dynamic between Hulk and Banner in Infinity War. In the first Avengers, we saw Banner trying his hardest to not change into the green goliath. Age of Ultron had a much harsher direction, as he was physically drained from turning into him and after losing control even the Hulk realized that something was not right. All this led to him taking control for two years in Thor: Ragnarok only for Banner to actually fear he might never change back after regaining control once again.

All this only for him to call Hulk a “green asshole” during the Wakanda battle in Infinity War. He then got his ass handed to him by some random purple guy and Banner suddenly wanted him to just come out to fight his battle. He has been defeated before but never this one-sided and he has the mind of a child, which means it is a bit natural for him to have a fit after the events. It is funny to see how far Banner has changed that he even insults a beast he once very much feared. Avengers 4 might show us the second round between Thanos and Hulk. Banner might spend some time sitting down with his inner goliath to figure some things out.

What are your thoughts on the Hulk’s arc? Where do you think it is heading?

Source: Collider via ComicBook.com