'Avengers: Infinity War' Fan Theory Suggests 'Bruce Banner' Is Loki In Disguise
WARNING: CONTAINS AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR SPOILERS
Avengers: Infinity War has been, to say the least, a hit. In fact, it's only been out for three weeks and yet it's about to be named as the most successful summer blockbuster of all time, surpassing Jurassic World's record of $1.67 billion (£1.2bn) taken in box office receipts around the globe.
Without going too much into the plot... nah, we're going to have to delve in there a little bit, I'm afraid. So here's your warning - SPOILER ALERT. Right, off we go.
Within the movie's opening scenes, we see Thanos whaling on the Hulk, and then Bruce Banner fails to get the big green guy to show up for the rest of the movie. Isn't that a bit weird? Certainly doesn't sound a great deal like the Hulk in any previous iteration that we've seen.
Some have suggested that Hulk is simply shitting himself and licking his wounds after his beating at the hands of Thanos, although that theory has reportedly been refuted by director Joe Russo, who simply told the Happy Sad Confused podcast: "I think [Hulk]'s had enough of saving Banner's ass."
Well, journalist Josh Dickey has posited the theory that there's another reason Bruce might have been keeping himself to himself - he's actually Loki in disguise. Obviously, Loki is meant to be dead and blah blah blah, but he's already faked his own death before, right?
Anyway, Loki is apparently deep undercover as Bruce Banner and that's why he wasn't able to hulk out. Let's let Dickey explain it:
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He adds as a disclaimer: "I did not conceive of this theory, but the more I tumble it around, the more I think it's at least possible. Or was at least an escape hatch they intentionally left open."
It's an interesting idea, although as anyone who's seen the movie will be thinking at this stage, it's quite possibly undermined by the scene where Banner tries his 'you wouldn't like me when I'm angry' routine, only to be met with Hulk joining his interior monologue to defiantly say 'no'.
Naturally, someone's already pointed this out on Twitter, as people on Twitter are wont to do:
This tweet received a reply that simply suggested: "It could be the magic trick of Loki?" So is it an elaborate bluff concocted by Thor's nemesis? I dunno, guys, this feels like a stretch. What do you think?
Still, Dickey seems convinced, as he later posted: "I'm starting to buy this theory," adding: "Loki lives! Long live Loki," for good measure.
Guess we'll just have to wait til Avengers 4 to find out then.
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