Much of Eternals’ story is due to the Hulk’s Snap in Avengers: Endgame, but it also continues MCU’s lack of credit for it.
That Eternities trailer reveals that its history depends on the Hulk’s Snap in Avengers: Endgame, but it continues the MCU’s problem with how it refers to the event. Five years after Thanos wiped out half of all life in the universe, the Hulk restored it with his own version of Snap, bringing back those who had been lost (referred to as Blip). Although the Hulk’s Snap was undoubtedly heroic, it had some major consequences, both for himself and the wider world.
For the Hulk, he was left injured, perhaps permanently, with serious injury to his arm during use Tony Stark’s nanotech-powered Infinity Gauntlet. The earth, meanwhile, was thrown into chaos again when Blip turned people into refugees and created a massive geopolitical crisis as borders went up again around the world. Still, even with that, the Hulks Snap deserves to be remembered as one of MCU’s most incredible heroic matures to date – just like Iron Man’s Snap and the ultimate death is – but that’s not what happened in the wake of Avengers: Endgame.
The problem with Hulk’s legacy started with Spider-Man: Far from home. Set after Playoffs, it reflected on the heroes who had fought to save the Earth and bring back those who had been snatched out of existence, but oddly enough it did not honor Hulk for turning Thanos’ Snap. Despite lengthy tributes to the Avengers, there was no mention of Bruce Banner or Smart Hulk, suggesting that his role in events was not widely known. It continues in the final Eternities trailer referring to Blip with some curious wording as Ajax says: “Thanos wiped out half the population of the universe. But the people of this planet brought everyone back with a single finger.” The roses go rather vaguely “the people of this planet” rather than the most directly responsible, who is the Hulk himself.
Of course, it’s possible that MCU’s world does not know the role of the Smart Hulk in regretting Thanos’ Snap. After all, it happened inside the Avengers Compound, and much followed in the wake of this, including the final battle with Thanos and then Iron Man’s victim. At the same time, though WandaVision shown world knows many Playoffs events, such as Scarlet Witch and Captain Marvel’s battles with Thanos, making the idea that the Hulk Snap is unknown a little less likely. Similarly, Hulk himself might not have wanted the credit for what he did, not least because he failed in his snap to bring Black Widow back (which made it such a struggle for him to do), but again there is a direct counterpoint i Avengers: Endgame, where the Smart Hulk is a celebrity character who commands (and enjoys) a lot of attention.
Either way, the thought of Hulk not being credited for his role in Blip is something that has persisted afterAvengers: Endgame, and it does not feel right that he does not get the recognition he deserves. That legacy from Iron Man and Captain America have both been explored in depth (and rightly so), which at least means the Hulk should at least be called and celebrated for being the one who brought everyone back, rather than just attributing it to the people. The idea of immersing oneself in the more negative aspects of Blip, as in The falcon and the winter soldier and now Eternities, is certainly relevant, but there is no reason not to honor the Hulk for his actions at the same time.
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- Eternals (2021)Release Date: Nov 05, 2021
- Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)Release Date: December 17, 2021
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)Release Date: March 25, 2022
- Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)Release Date: May 6, 2022
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever / Black Panther 2 (2022)Release Date: July 08, 2022
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release Date: February 17, 2023
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release Date: May 5, 2023
- The Marvels / Captain Marvel 2 (2022)Release Date: November 11, 2022
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