Will Hulk join the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D? A theory suggests that it might be true that Hulk joins Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Marvel’s Hulk trilogy, one that started off with Thor: Ragnarok and continued in Avengers: Infinity War and will end in Avengers 4 brings Bruce Banner vs Hulk on the screen, Hulk after the events of Age of Ultron, rejected Bruce and flew off ending up in Sakkar. When Thor finds Hulk on Sakkar, he even refuses to listen to Thor as he considered Thor to be Banner’s friend and not his. And when finally, Banner is able to overcome Thor, he had no idea that he had been Hulk for this long, he didn’t even know he was on an alien planet. Mark Ruffalo confirmed this by quoting that, “These identities in this split-identity person, and where that’s going to end up going.”
But a new theory, developed by CBR, says that Hulk and Banner’s personalities finally combine – and he eventually joins Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Agent ‘Professor Hulk’
MCU has always treated Hulk different as Banner, which was clearly shown in Thor: Ragnarok. With green monster resisting the urge to transform into Banner for full two years and by the end he had completely had it with Banner and allowed Banner crash into the Bifrost before coming out to smash Hela’s pet. In Infinity War, he took a brutal beating from Thanos before permanently turning into Banner for rest of the film, while fans thought that he feared Than, therefore, didn’t come out but film’s director, Joe Russo said “I think that if the Hulk were to say why it’d be [that] Banner only wants Hulk for fighting. I think he’s had enough of saving Banner’s ass.” which was the message to fans that he and the Banner are at the saturation point of their differences and personality conflicts.
In Infinity war Banner and green beast talked to each other using Banner’s mouth and turning green then back to Banner and hulk resisting the urge to come out, this happened in the comics as well, in the Incredible Hulk #376, the same happened while Banner and Hulk had a face-off, he didn’t come out in that edition as well.
The next edition Incredible Hulk #377, we saw Hulk and Banner merging into one, with intelligence and clothes of Banner and Brute strength of Hulk. Also, in the leaked Avengers 4 art we saw Hulk in some suit and footage of Hulk in armour shown at the CineEurope supported the theory. This version of Hulk known as ‘Professor Hulk’ was a part of the ‘Pantheon’ in the comics.
While there’s no such Pantheon in the MCU, MCU may look up to recent comics of Hulk – Indestructible Hulk, which launched in 2013, which had shown Banner and Hulk agreeing to work for the S.H.I.E.L.D. with Banner modifying bio suit for Hulk. And the suit part also coincides with the Avengers 4 art rather than Pantheon era.
But as we know the S.H.I.E.L.D. was disbanded after the events of The Winter Soldier. It is possible that the S.H.I.E.L.D. will be coming back in Avengers 4 and in a significant and refined way too. The set photos have already shown Tony Stark in some S.H.I.E.L.D. tactical suit, and meanwhile, the post-credit scenes of Infinity War depicted Maria Hill and Nick Fury working on an organisation which is more like a new version of the S.H.I.E.L.D.
In that case, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Hulk as a member of that new S.H.I.E.L.D. and takes up the suit which we saw in the art.
What do you think about this theory? Do Hulk and Banner finally merge as one? Or that it will be a temporary arrangement to fight Thor? Do let us know in the comment section below!