Remember how much you loved Woke-Hulk in Avengers: Endgame? Well, in another world, we would have seen the gentle green giant version of Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner way earlier. Nearly four months after the release of Avengers: Endgame, creators continue to leak behind-the-scenes tidbits. Now, fans finally have an explanation as to why we didn’t see a rematch between Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk and Josh Brolin’s Thanos. Co-writer Stephen McFeely revealed that the decision had to do with Hulk’s transformation into Smart Hulk – and it makes a lot of sense.
“I know a lot of people were saying they can’t wait for [Hulk and Thanos’] rematch,” McFeely told Backstory Magazine, as reported by Comic Book Resources. “Well, that would’ve made sense had he not become Smart Hulk,” McFeely said. “He’s a whole different thing, and that’s not what drives him. So we never thought, ‘Oh, he really is trying to get a crack at Thanos now.'”
Fair enough. In the home video commentary for Avengers: Endgame, McFeely (along with screenwriter Christopher Markus) said that things might have been different had Woke Hulk made his appearance in Avengers: Infinity War as originally planned. The character would have appeared during the Battle of Wakanda and fought against Cull Obsidian of the Black Order, but the scene didn’t go over well with test audiences. So, Smart Hulk was postponed for Endgame, where the circumstances were a bit different.
Though fans were expecting an epic battle scene, the writers’ reasonings hold up. Besides, there are surely more Avengers installments ahead where the rematch would make more sense. Until then, we’ll just keep rewatching Endgame, which is now available on Digital HD and arrives on Blu-ray and 4K UHD on Aug. 13.
"Professor Hulk originally was created in Infinity War. In Wakanda they made some kind of compromise, and Smart Hulk rips out of the armor and defeats Cull Obsidian. It was changed during the editing process of Infinity War, after test audiences wouldn’t accept it" pic.twitter.com/kJ7VUvYHEk
— Salvi Huerta (@SalviHuerta) July 31, 2019