Considering The Hulk barely had a part to play in Infinity War, we’ve got to assume he could be a pretty big deal in Endgame.
While Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner was part of the supersized team of Avengers: Infinity War, his green and mean alter ego was confined to the sidelines. Although the various Endgame trailers have shown the surviving Avengers trying to get on with their lives in a post-snap world, there’s still no sign of Hulk.
When a new look at the Endgame line-up appeared on the Orville Redenbacher website (via ComicBook.com), fans quickly noticed that Hulk looks a little different these days.
The roster shows off Thor with his Stormbreaker axe, Iron Man (presumably escaping the depths of space), Black Widow sporting a ponytail, Jeremy Renner’s new-look Hawkeye, and a fully emerged Hulk.
Considering the Emerald Giant was barely in Infinity War — despite the trailers trying to trick us — it’s great new that Hulk will finally get something to do. Importantly, it also means he finally gets an official costume instead of running around topless and in a pair of tattered shorts. Interestingly, the purple in his outfit looks like a nod to the character’s iconic purple pants from the comics.
For a while, there’s been this whole Professor Hulk theory making the rounds. Basically, it’s the idea that a new version of Hulk will emerge from within Banner than combines his intelligence with the sheer brute force of Hulk. Anyone up their comics might know that this played out in the comics with 1991’s Incredible Hulk Vol. 1 #377.
Banner had some performance issues in Infinity War and couldn’t get his big green friend to join the fight when we needed him. As the Hulk and Banner personalities continue to clash, it seems that they’ll be able to put their differences aside and come to some sort of hybrid compromise in Avengers: Endgame.
It all neatly ties together. Ruffalo has already teased that Banner/Hulk would get a three-movie arc, starting with Thor: Ragnarok and ending with Endgame. Complicated rights issue with Universal means the MCU has abandoned its hopes of a Hulk standalone, meaning he’ll have to make do with piggybacking the other Avengers for now.