Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings’ VFX team teases where Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) is during the film’s post-credit scene.
Weta VFX, Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings‘VFX team, suggests where Bruce Banner is during the film’s post-credit scene. Although it primarily had an contained narrative, Destin Cretton still needed to establish his connection to the larger MCU. This was primarily achieved with the appearance of familiar faces, including Mark Ruffalo’s Banner, which looked markedly different compared to the last time he was on screen.
After his humiliating defeat from his one-on-one battle with Thanos (Josh Brolin) at the start of Avengers: Infinity War, the Hulk refused to come out for the rest of the film. That is, five years after the snap-in Avengers: Endgame, fans were surprised to see Smart Hulk – a version of the character who is physically skilled as the green-rage monster, but with Banner’s consciousness. The film did not dive into the process of achieving the hybrid persona, but it seemed like a permanent state for the hero. But when he appeared below Shang-Chi and the legend of ten rings‘post-credits scene, he’s back in his human form.
This posed several questions to viewers as Wong (Benedict Wong) officially brings Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) and Katy (Akwafina) into the Avengers’ world with a meeting with Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) and Banner. While the first three apparently all were gathered in Sanctum Sanctorum, the latter two joined them via holograms, the same ones the Avengers used in Avengers: Endgame. While talking to Variety, Weta VFX Supervisor Sean Walker interrupted the process of creating the scene and revealed how they achieved it. Apparently, Carol Danvers’ suit was exclusively CGI, but more interesting was Banner in his lab during the discussion.
Since Avengers: EndgamI did not go into detail about how Banner was exactly able to merge his two different personalities to come up with Smart Hulk, it remains a mystery in MCU Phase 4. And Banner’s appearance in Shang-Chi and the legends of the ten rings only made things more complicated as it did not seem that Banner could easily go back and forth in terms of its shape. Chances are, this is something like the upcoming Marvel Studios’ Disney + series, Hun-Hulk will shed light on. Walker’s revelation that Banner is in his laboratory is supported by the first official look at the show, where he and his cousin, Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany), can be seen in his own facility.
Assuming the Hulk is actually operating in his own lab, this suggests that the surviving heroes are mostly scattered and doing their own thing. Banner could easily have taken over the Avengers plant upstate (if it has already been repaired) and manned it, as Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) did on the heels of Thanos’ snap-in Avengers: Infinity War. But that he trusts his own resources means that there is no system in place for the new generation of Avengers.
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Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings can be streamed on Disney +.
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