The Russo Brothers Address Why Hulk Lost to Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War

When the Hulk wants to smash, there’s going to be some smashing. You can almost always count on it. Except when the thing he wants to smash is Thanos. The big green guy seems undefeatable, but his perfect record took a hit in Avengers: Infinity War. The Russo Brothers addressed the stunning defeat when asked by Collider.

Shortly into Infinity War, Thanos gets into a tussle with the strongest Avenger. The Hulk gets a few good hits in, but ultimately, he is no match for the biggest threat to the universe. The Russo Brothers explained why hulking out didn’t turn out to be enough.

“I would say that he’s just that powerful,” Joe and Anthony Russo said. “You didn’t see him actively use the power stone in that fight. I think ultimately, the way we looked at that fight and the way 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 Ghengis Kahn of the universe, he’s a very skilled fighter, equally as strong. So, when you put those two up against each other, the more skilled fighter is going to win ultimately. Which is why Hulk has a moment where he overpowers Thanos, but ultimately Thanos is smart.”

There is a pervading fan theory that Bruce Banner is actually Loki in disguise. Could this explain the mysterious defeat? Loki might be able to look like the Hulk, but he definitely wouldn’t have the same strength. According to the Russo Brothers, no. It was a fair fight and the Hulk just lost this round.

There’s no real secret here. What we saw is what we get. It is a fair point, though. If killing Thanos were easy, half of the universe wouldn’t have been snapped away. There will be no beat down or single bullet that can take him down. It’s going to take all of their collective strength and cunning to bring an end to the madness.

Avengers 4 begins the rematch with Thanos on May 3.

Featured Image: Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR..Hulk (Mark Ruffalo)


Kelle Long

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