Infinity War opened with one of the most brutal fights a Marvel fan can possibly imagine as it saw The Hulk going off against Thanos. Although the Mad Titan took down The Hulk but did he have some help in taking down the green giant?
During a Q&A session after a special screening of Infinity war, the Russo Brothers revealed whether Thanos was able to take down Hulk because he’s stronger or was it because he had the Power Stone with him.
Joe Russo stated it wasn’t the Stone that helped Thanos to take down Hulk, it was all him.
“I would say that he’s just that powerful,” said Joe Russo. “You didn’t see him actively use the Power Stone in the fight. I think ultimately the way we looked at that fight and the way we talked about it with our stunt team when we were executing it was Hulk is obviously very powerful but he’s a little mindless in his fighting style. It’s aggressive. It’s pummeling. Thanos is the Genghis Khan of the universe. He’s a very skilled fighter and equally as strong. So when you put those two up against each other, the more skilled fighter is going to win. Which is why Hulk has a moment where he overpowers Thanos, but ultimately Thanos is smarter.”
On the commentary track of Infinity War Blu-Ray, Russo also discussed how losing this fight affected The Hulk. After the fight, Hulk refused to come out when Banner needed him and the director explained that this isn’t because he’s scared of Thanos.
“People 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,” Russo said. “This was an interesting journey that we went on with Banner, trying to decide how to move him forward in the Marvel universe. What makes him unique as a character is that there’s a host body that is being fought over by two distinct personalities who hate each other. Both want control of the host body. We though an interesting direction to take him in is, ‘Well, 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, the relationship is becoming increasingly dysfunctional and that’s what’s going on here.”
Avengers: Infinity War was the third Marvel film directed by the Russos, who previously helmed Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War. The dynamic sibling team will also be directing the highly-anticipated Avengers 4.