The climax or rather anti-climax of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ left fans confused and heartbroken, to say the least. Among other setbacks for die-hard Marvel fans, the Incredible Hulk refused to show up for the most part of the film, this despite Bruce Banner pleading with his alter ego. While one would have expected that the reason behind Hulk’s no-show was the fact that he was petrified of Thanos given that he was thrashed by the genocidal Mad Titan at the beginning of the film. However, the Incredible Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo recently revealed that his character’s biggest fear is not Thanos but rather is Dr. Bruce Banner himself.
In a recent episode of the Marvel podcast The Marvelists on Friday, September 7, titled ‘Heapin’ Helpin’ of Hulks’ hosts Peter Melnick and Eddie Wilson were in conversation with Lou Ferrigno, who is one of the actors who played Hulk in the past, and Mark Ruffalo.
During the podcast, Ruffalo revealed, “There’s a conflict brewing between Banner and Hulk that’s been going on since the beginning.” He went on to add, “And it all came out of sort of this question that Joss Whedon asked me when Hulk gets the fairy dust from Scarlet Witch sprinkled on him in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron', Joss asked ‘What is Hulk afraid of?’ And that was a hard thing for me to answer because what is the strongest, fiercest thing in the universe afraid of? And then I realized it’s Banner.”
Ruffalo’s revelation certainly comes as a surprise given that Hulk looks down upon Banner. However, the actor stated that the makers have been playing around with the idea since ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’. He said, “We played with it a lot in Ragnarok, and it continues to be teased out in ‘Infinity War 1’ and ‘Infinity War 2’.”
'Avengers: Infinity War' directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo also saw Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Steve Rogers, Scarlett Johansson, and Benedict Cumberbatch among others that reprised their roles in the film which was the third instalment in the 'Avengers' series. While 'The Avengers' hit screens in 2012, 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' released in 2015. Meanwhile, ‘Avengers 4’ is slated for a May 2019 release.