Mark Ruffalo reveals he shot a death scene in Avengers: Infinity War. Playing Bruce Banner and the Hulk in the MCU after replacing original actor Edward Norton in 2012’s The Avengers, Ruffalo has appeared in four films in the franchise, with a fifth one on the way with Joe and Anthony Russo-directed Avengers: Endgame. Set to hit theaters all over the globe in a couple weeks, the movie will be the culmination of everything that has transpired in the interconnected universe in the last decade. And while its predecessor focused on Thanos’ arc, the Phase 3 capper will be told from the remaining heroes’ perspective including Banner and his alter-ego.
Banner and Hulk have been having an interesting issue between the two of them. After refusing to transform back into his human form during his two-year stint as the Grandmaster’s champion in Thor: Ragnarok, the green rage monster refused to come out for the remainder of Infinity War following being badly beaten by the Mad Titan at the start of Infinity War. Considering his performance issues, Banner, ironically, had to use Tony Stark’s Hulkbuster to join the battle in Wakanda. As one of the fortunate ones to survive Thanos’ decimation of half of life in the universe, many are hoping that the two have finally sorted out their issues resulting to Hulk coming back. But as it turns out, in an alternate version of Avengers 3‘s ending, he also disintegrated into dust.
Speaking with Yahoo! while doing the press rounds for Endgame, Ruffalo shared that he didn’t know what his fate was until he watched Infinity War since he filmed a scene with his character being dusted off. Considering the limited amount of knowledge he had on the overall story of the film, he was genuinely convinced that he’d be one of the characters affected by Thanos’ deadly snap.
“I didn’t know until I saw the movie. For one take, I did disappear, and then the other one I didn’t.
“I was pretty sure it was gonna be me. It’s like Survivor. It’s like, who’s gonna get kicked off the island? And I probably should’ve. … It’s like Project Runway for leakers.”
There are a couple of takeaways from this latest revelation from Ruffalo, starting with the idea that despite insisting they didn’t film fake scenes, the Russos did shoot some since there’s a very slim chance that Banner would’ve died in Infinity War. It would’ve impeded the re-assembly of the original six Avengers in Endgame, which is the crux of the upcoming film. Perhaps this was to keep Ruffalo in the dark as possible considering his prone to spoiler slips. The actor recently revealed that he shot five different endings to Avengers 4 which fits this mentality well. With Ruffalo not really knowing the certain key points in the movie, there’s no way he can spoil it during press junkets.
That is unless, this scene was actually shot for Avengers: Endgame and not Infinity War. Much has been said about the possibility of time traveling in the film with the heroes revisiting certain points in the MCU history that has a direct link to the Infinity Stones like the Battle of New York. Taking this into consideration, it could also see the re-exploration of the Battle of Wakanda where fans finally see the running shot of heroes that wasn’t included in Avengers 3, and since the movies filmed back-to-back with some overlapping, this wasn’t difficult to accomplish. Ruffalo said that Ragnarok started a new Hulk trilogy that will supposedly end in the Phase 3 capper – and one way to wrap it up is to see him biting the bullet possibly like some other founding heroes in the blockbuster.