Spider-Man: Far From Home opened with a memorial to the Avengers. Angourie Rice’s Betty Brandt and her fellow anchor presented a video complete with Getty Images. This perfectly sets up a movie that follows a group of high school students. After the memorial of fallen Avengers set to Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” Brandt reports on the team’s mission to save the world. Shown is another student-doctored image. There’s Iron Man, Black Widow, War Machine, Hawkeye, Ant-Man, Black Panther, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Captain America, and The Winter Soldier. But, no Hulk.
After all he went through to bring everyone back from “The Snap,” Bruce Banner doesn’t receive the respect he deserves……not from a bunch of kids, anyway.
Reddit user, damn_jexy shared the screenshot with their complaint about the film.
Bruce Banner fused himself with the Hulk by the time jump in Avengers: Endgame. I hope to see that transformation brought to life on screen someday. But until then, we had Professor Hulk to contend with. Once he traveled through time with the rest of the Avengers, and had a discussion with 2012’s Ancient One, he wore their own version of the Infinity Gauntlet. His own snap scarred half his body, and brought everyone back. Though, there was still 2014 Thanos and his forces.
Tilda Swinton reprised her role from Doctor Strange. She had a deep conversation with Banner about the Stones and removing them from their original place in the timeline. On the film’s commentary, co-writer, Christopher Markus, spoke about the scene and its importance to the movie.
“Another scene that took a lot of rejiggering and jiggering. To make things complicated things clear and clear enough so that people could track why certain decisions are made later.”
Co-director, Joe Russo, added:
“And that if this is how, why she is, that if Strange were to give that stone away willingly, that there would be purpose behind that action, and that perhaps the purpose of that action was for her in this moment. This scene paints the stakes for motivating Cap to return at the end of the movie.”
damn_jexy’s screenshot was in comment to the Russo brothers’ Reddit AMA discussion. Among all things Endgame, the directors were posed with questions about their choices with the Hulk. In which, they defended their decision on Professor Hulk, and his role in the second snap. Note that they almost turned him into the Red Hulk.
This was presented as Midtown Science’s mistake in leaving the key character out. But was this actually a decision on Sony’s part? There’s a lot of folks mad at the studio over the Spider-Man debacle. This would be just another stoke in the fire. But just like their debacle is over movie rights, perhaps leaving Hulk out of the memorial was also another rights issue. Disney may own the Avengers. And Sony may own Spider-Man. But just like how Sony was in a partnership to share the web-slinger, Universal is letting Disney share the jade giant. While there may be mutual ground with Disney, there’s nothing between Sony and Universal.
Avengers: Endgame is available on Digital and Blu-Ray now. Spider-Man: Far From Home is available on Digital now, and will be on Blu-Ray, October 1st. For more on Marvel, stay tuned to Screen Geek.