The Blip, as we all know, was the cause of the Mad Titan Thanos’s wish to wipe out half the universe’s population. Since then, every MCU fan has been wondering what the remaining superheroes, especially the Avengers, were doing during this period. Though we’ve got snippets from here and there about what everyone had been doing during the Blip, we have been chiefly left oblivious to what the earth’s mightiest heroes were doing, when half the population turned into dust for 5 years. With parts of Avengers: Endgame released and episode 1 of She-Hulk being recently out, we have enough information about what our very own superhero Bruce Banner aka The Hulk was doing during the Blip. In short, we will be looking at the evolution of Smart Hulk.
One of the most drastic and big changes that took place during these 5 years was the transformation of our beloved Incredible Hulk into Smart Hulk. Many fans were upset with the fact that such a big and important event took place off-screen. We just got to know vaguely why and how it happened in Avengers: Endgame.
Thanks to the latest Disney+ show She-Hulk, Attorney at Law featuring Mark Ruffalo and Tatiana Maslany as Bruce Banner and Jennifer Walters respectively, we’ve come out find out even more about what the Hulk had been doing since the Blip. This was before how brought everyone back by snapping his fingers.
Evolution of Smart-Hulk: What The Hulk did during the Blip
The pilot episode of She-Hulk reveals to us how Jennifer Walters becomes another Hulk along with shedding some more light into the life of Bruce Banner in the post-Avengers: Infinity War. So here’s what the strongest Avenger had been doing for these 5 years.
1. Bruce Banner helped the Avengers defeat Thanos
As we all know, the Hulk was beaten badly by Thanos at the start of Avengers: Infinity War, after which he decided to not come out to fight during the whole movie. Bruce Banner had donned the Hulkbuster armour to help the Avengers in the war to save the universe. Even at the start of Avengers: Endgame, we still see Bruce using the Hulkbuster suit, as his Hulk self was still refusing to come out.
After the Blip, the first thing the remaining Avengers did, was look for Thanos to capture the infinity stones from him and reverse the snap. Bruce accompanied them to help them with their plan. But, they found out that the stones had been reduced to atoms by the Mad Titan. Despite killing him, they came back defeated once again.
2. Bruce integrated both his personas into the body of Hulk
In the pilot episode of She-Hulk, Bruce is seen talking to his cousin and reveals to her how he gave birth to Smart-Hulk in the Mexico Lab by experimenting with various ways to do it for 18 long months. In the end, he was able to achieve the dream combination of the genius brain of Bruce Banner and the invincible body of Hulk into one single entity.
3. Bruce and Tony spent a lot of time together in the Mexico Lab
It is revealed to us in She-Hulk episode 1 that Tony Stark and Bruce Banner spent a lot of time in a lab made by the billionaire philanthropist and had given in to Banner to conduct all types of research and experiments. They spent a lot of time together in it, having drinks in the bar they built together, or Tony complaining about Steve Rogers and his actions in Captain America: Civil War.
4. Smart Hulk became more famous among the people
In Avengers: Endgame, there is a scene where some kids came to click pictures with Hulk, which shows us that he has been Smart Hulk for quite some time now. People are not scared of him anymore and view him as an inspiration and celebrity. Bruce also reveals that the name of Smart-Hulk was given to him by the people and that he didn’t choose it himself.
We even got to see him saving civilians from a fire inside a building during the post-credit scene of the re-released version of Endgame, which again showed us that he has been taking a more active part in acting as a superhero and helping people.
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