Joe Russo Explains How Thanos Defeated The Hulk In The Beginning Of Infinity War


The movie, Avengers: Infinity War had opened with a huge fight that all the Marvel fans loved-The Hulk Vs the Mad Titan-Thanos. The purple cosmic villain had emerged victorious, but now, all the fans are asking if he had some help to defeat the Green Giant.

During a recent Q&A session after a screening of the movie, Avengers: Infinity War, the directors of the movie, Joe and Anthony Russo had revealed if Thanos had beaten the Hulk because he was powerful, or because the villain had that Power Stone with him.

Joe Russo had explained that it was not the Infinity Stones that had helped Thanos defeat the Hulk:

“I would say that he’s just that powerful,” Joe Russo said.

“You didn’t see him actively use the Power Stone in the fight. I think ultimately the way we looked at that fight and the way we 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 Genghis Khan of the universe. He’s a very skilled fighter and equally as strong. So when you put those two up against each other, the more skilled fighter is going to win. Which is why Hulk has a moment where he overpowers Thanos, but ultimately Thanos is smarter.”

On the commentary track for Avengers: Infinity War Blu-ray, Russo had discussed how losing the battle against Thanos had affected the Hulk. “The other guy” was actually unwilling to come out when Bruce had called for him in the rest of the movies, but Russo had explained that the common theory of the Hulk being afraid of Thanos was not correct:

“People speculated whether there was some fear on the Hulk’s part about having to face Thanos again but I think ultimately what it is is that he’s tired of playing hero to Bruce Banner,” Russo had said.

“This was an interesting journey that we went on with Banner, trying to decide how to move him forward in the Marvel universe. What makes him unique as a character is that there’s a host body that is being fought over by two distinct personalities who hate each other. Both want control of the host body. We though an interesting direction to take him in is, ‘Well, what if Banner, who typically uses the Hulk to solve crisis situations, what if the Hulk were no longer interested in solving those problems for Banner?’ So, the relationship is becoming increasingly dysfunctional, and that’s what’s going on here.”

Avengers: Infinity War is now available on home media. Upcoming MCU movies include Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019; Avengers 4 on May 3, 2019; Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 5th, 2019.


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