Smart Hulk was one of the most anticipated parts of the Avengers: Endgame. Disappointingly, it seems the character wasn’t always loved by fans and critics. As revealed in the director’s commentary on Avengers: Endgame, the Bruce Banner/Hulk mashup was supposed to take place during the third act of Avengers: Infinity War. At one point, Banner and Hulk were going to make amends and bust out of the Hulk armour to destroy Cull Obsidian. That was until the test audience wasn’t hugely willing to see such a plot point.
Smart Hulk was called so all through the shoot
“Yes, we called him Smart Hulk throughout the shoot. I guess it’s okay to talk about how his arc, this event, the creation of Smart Hulk, used to take place in Infinity War,” the writer explained. “He was fighting in Wakanda. The whole arc of the story was Banner and Hulk were not getting along. Hulk wouldn’t come out to help him. And at his hour of greatest need, they make some sort of compromise, and Smart Hulk rips out of the armour and beats the crap out of Cull Obsidian and destroys him.”
The weird success explained by the writer
He explains that “this weird success” didn’t fit in with the rest of the destruction found everywhere else in Infinity War’s closing moments. “The movie needed to just stay in its succession of losses in the third act, which meant some hustling on the part of VFX late in the game,” he continued.
Joe Russo admitted then that most of the audience weren’t too keen to watch Smart Hulk.
“It was just tonally off”
“Imagine before Thanos shows up, we had a scene where Hulk comes out of the bushes, and Natasha says, ‘Hey, big guy, sun’s getting low,'” the writer said. “And he says, ‘Oh Natasha, that’s not… We don’t need that now and speaks in perfect English, and you’re supposed to be kind of delighted and jarred by it, and then they’re all gonna get dusted. It was just totally off.”
Avengers: Infinity War is now streaming on Netflix while Avengers: Endgame is now available digitally ahead of a home media release on August 13th.
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