Avengers: Endgame is hardly weeks away, which means that fans will not have to wait much to see the rest of the heroes assembling together. And if you’re a Hulk fan who missed him in Infinity War, the latest poster for Endgame shows Professor Hulk in new look.
Two new bits of promo art for Avengers: Endgame came out today via Comic Book Movie, which shows a large chunk of the surviving Marvel heroes from Infinity War. Among these, we come across Bruce Banner, played by Mark Ruffalo.
Hulk Will Likely return in Endgame
We have seen Hulk before in previous promotional material for Endgame but he has been missing from recent movie posters. Granted what happened in Infinity War, where Banner couldn’t turn into Hulk after the opening scene where he was brutally beaten by Thanos, that doesn’t really make much sense.
“Here we see the beginnings of Bruce’s issues,” writer Christopher Markus said on the film’s commentary track.
“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,” co-director Joe Russo added.
This kind of duality between Bruce Banner and Hulk has previsously played into MCU, but we expect it into play in Endgame just like it did in Ragnarok and Infinity War.
Kevin Feige On Hulk’s Story Arc
“I wouldn’t call Ragnarok and the next Avengers movies an unofficial Hulk trilogy, but I would say that there is a character arc for Hulk within those three movies that, yes, track together by design.” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige explained in 2017. “And I think it’s a testament to what Ruffalo has done to Bruce Banner and brought to this character.”
“Ruffalo is a master at not going deep and dark, but taking that inner pain and kind of trying to become zen about it.” Feige continued. “We saw that in Avengers 1, where Tony Stark is screwing around and poking him with something and saying, oh, careful, and he goes, ‘I can handle pointy things.’ He’s much more zen about it. His secret is he’s always angry. I think it’s just a much more charismatic and engaging way to see it. I’ve always wanted Hulk to talk more than he has and find the right circumstances, and finally we see that here.”