Bruce and Hulk’s personalities were always poles apart and their relationship is one thing which is never sorted out in MCU. For instance, in Thor: Ragnarok, Hulk took over their shared brain and forced Bruce into hiding. When Avengers: Infinity War came around, it was exactly the opposite, and the Hulk refused to show his face.
Since, it has been seen that Hulk was dominant in their relationship for most of the part, many fans thought that Hulk refused to appear because he was scared of Thanos. But Infinity War directors, Joe and Anthony Russo explain their relationship and clear out that Hulk is not afraid of Thanos.
While in an interview, Russo brothers talked about Hulk and said, “A lot of people had interpreted that the Hulk was scared of Thanos,” Joe Russo began. “The Hulk has had his ass kicked before, and so it wasn’t like the minute he gets his ass kicked he’s going to run and hide. It’s really the notion that the Hulk and Banner have a very dysfunctional relationship, which was explored even further in Thor: Ragnarok. And I think that relationship is starting to strain between the two of them and the Hulk is not interested in playing the hero to Banner anymore. I don’t know if the Hulk sees the value in the relationship. They both want to control Hulk’s body. The Hulk brings fighting and strength to the table and he’s not quite sure what Banner is bringing yet. So, I think this is becoming a stubborn push and pull between two very despaired personalities stuck in one body.”
While the Russo brothers point out the Thor: Ragnarok did explore Hulk and Bruce’s relationship, they didn’t clear out why Hulk appeared in the end when he was forced to turn back to Bruce earlier in the film if they had dysfunctional relationship.
They also pointed out that Bruce and Hulk’s relationship is a bit strained and now Hulk is done playing the hero to Banner. This explains why Hulk didn’t appear in Infinity War.
But we know certainly that the big green guy will return in Avengers 4. But how will Bruce and Hulk repair their relationship and on what terms Hulk will return. We will have to see in Avengers 4.
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