The MCU is one of the biggest superhero franchises in history. With over twenty films, countless interesting characters, and so much source material to pull from, it's no question as to why. One of fandoms' favorite things to do is come up with fan theories, and when it comes to the MCU there are certainly a lot of them. From questions unanswered to character quirks, we managed to round up some of the most interesting fan theories surrounding the strongest Avenger.
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Hulk Stayed Hulk So Long To Protect BannerPhoto: Thor: Ragnarok / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
From Redditor u/sinburger:
TL;DR: Hulk stayed Hulk for so long because Sakaar is dangerous AF and there was no reason for Banner to come out.
Banner states that in the past he felt that he and Hulk always had one hand on the wheel of control, but during his time on Sakaar it was more like Hulk had full control and Banner was locked in the trunk. I don't think this happened because Hulk somehow gained a greater control of his shared living conditions. I think Banner sub-consciously gave up control and allowed Hulk to stay in charge as a matter of self preservation.Interesting fan theory?
Hulk Accidentally Invented An Immortality Machine In 'Endgame'Photo: Avengers: Endgame / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
From Redditor u/ak2sup:
Just realized it, while Professor Hulk was doing time-travel test on Scott he accidently turned Scott into an old, teen and a baby. Of course it was fun scene, but what if they actually use that tech for selfish reason? For example, Hulk could use that to heal his arm, Cap could use that to become young again, and they still have all memoriesInteresting fan theory?
Hulk Only Helps Banner When His Friends Are In DangerPhoto: Thor: Ragnarok / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
From Redditor u/smacksaw:
Hulk wants friendship. It's that easy. Watch Ragnarok. All they talk about is "Thor not Hulk friend". Waititi makes is perfectly clear: Valkyrie comes. They are friends. It's obvious. He helps her. He clears the air with Thor. They establish a friendship between Thor and Hulk, not just Thor and Banner. Hulk runs after Thor. "Friend!" he exclaims. Because he's lonely. Because no one likes or respects him for who he is. Banner treats him like a trained animal. Hulk liked being a gladiator. He got recognition for who and what he is. Which, at it's core is all anyone wants. There's nothing complicated going on. Ragnarok makes it clear over and over again that Hulk's primary motivation is validation from others, most importantly through friendship. Hulk came out on the Bifrost because Hulk's friends were in trouble. Not because Banner called him. In fact, Hulk was content to let Banner die. He waited. He didn't do it for Banner. He did it for Valkyrie and Thor. This ain't rocket surgery, folks. Banner will be friends with his inner Hulk.Interesting fan theory?
Hulk Knew He Couldn’t Bring Back Natasha Because He Met Her In The Soul WorldPhoto: Avengers: Endgame / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
From Redditor u/Crispworthy:
Think about it..... we’ve only seen the soul stone used a couple of times; Thanos wiping out half the universe... and as soon as he does that, he has a moment in the soul world with the one he loves (Gamora: “did you do it?” etc) When the Hulk used it to bring everyone back. When Iron Man used it to get rid of Thanos and his army. We then see in a ‘deleted scene’ that Tony has a conversation in the soul world with his loved one (his daughter, all grown up).
So, going back to number two: doesn’t it make sense that Hulk got to meet his loved one in the soul world after he used the stones? Especially when we consider that he told Cap that he tried to bring her back. How does he know he didn’t!? Everyone appeared exactly where they were when they were dusted, maybe she came back to life there! But no, Hulk KNOWS she didn’t... how could he KNOW? Did Dr Strange go to Vormir and see if she was around? It’s possible, but did he chat to Hulk about it? Also, consider that Thanos meets Gamora in the soul world; because her soul maybe lives there now due to the sacrifice. The same could be said for Nat?Interesting fan theory?