Scarlett Johansson teases an emotional reunion between Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow and Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in Avengers: Infinity War. There’s been a lot of talk from the very beginning, about just how many characters are going to be in Infinity War too, with Chris Hemsworth even poking fun at which characters may or may not be left out from some sequences in the film. Still, given the overwhelming number of main characters in Infinity War – a movie that includes a first-time meeting between the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy – it’s an understandable talking point for fans and industry insiders to go to when discussing the MCU tentpole.
In addition to bringing together new and old characters for the first time, Infinity War will also finally integrate Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk and Chris Hemsworth’s Thor back into the mix again on Earth, for the first time since 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. And of course, that means Bruce Banner will have to address many questions from his superhero friends, about where exactly he disappeared to following the events of Ultron – before he eventually met back up with the God of Thunder in this year’s Thor: Ragnarok.
During an interview with Bravo on Inside the Actor’s Studio, Johansson talked about what it’s been like playing Black Widow as long as she has. Johansson even took the chance to briefly talk about what it was like filming one particular scene in Infinity War recently, between her and Ruffalo:
“I just finished Avengers: Infinity War. The first one. My character has this ongoing relationship with Mark Ruffalo’s character. I had such devastation that day. I don’t know why. I was so devastated. It was something about this character that Mark plays, and this is something that should feel so solid and suddenly doesn’t or there’s – and it reminded me of so much of the things going on in my own life at the time.”
Obviously, it’s hard to know for sure what Johansson may be referring to with the scene itself, but at the same time, with Bruce completely disappearing at the end of Ultron, it’s easy to see why there might be some serious emotional baggage between the two when they come face-to-face with each other again. And considering that both Johansson and Ruffalo have given consistently great performances as their characters over the years, that only makes this reunion that much more interesting to think about.
But before everything happens in Infinity War, fans will have to catch back up with Ruffalo’s Hulk again later this year in Thor: Ragnarok, where he’s been presumably kidnapped and thrown into the gladiatorial pit by Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster. It will be interesting then, to see what kinds of residual effects that experience may have on Bruce psychologically, leading into the events of Infinity War. How exactly the baggage between he and Widow is resolved (or isn’t resolved) by the time the first Infinity War concludes is just one of many exciting ideas to consider over the many months left before the film’s release in theaters.
KEY RELEASE DATES
Spider-Man: Homecoming release date: Jul 7, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok release date: Nov 3, 2017
Black Panther release date: Feb 16, 2018
The Avengers: Infinity War release date: May 4, 2018
Ant-Man & The Wasp release date: Jul 6, 2018
Captain Marvel release date: Mar 8, 2019
The Avengers 4 / Untitled Avengers Movie release date: May 3, 2019