"Avengers" forced to drop Black Widow-Hulk romance because there was just too much plot

Time was so precious in "Infinity War" and "Endgame" that the screenwriters "couldn’t wrap up loose threads"

By Zack Sharf
Published June 11, 2019 1:31PM (EDT)
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in "Avengers: Endgame" (Marvel Studios)
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in "Avengers: Endgame" (Marvel Studios)

This article originally appeared on IndieWire.

[Editor’s note: The following post contains spoilers for the MarvelCinematic Universe.]

Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame” had so much plot to cover that it was inevitable certain story threads from the Marvel Cinematic Universe would have to take a back seat to the fight against Thanos. One such thread was the romance between Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). The two characters got close in 2015’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and their feelings for each other were so strong that Natasha was able to calm down the Hulk’s rage.

The romance between Bruce and Natasha fizzled out after “Age of Ultron,” mainly because Bruce/Hulk went flying into space and teamed up with Chris Hemsworth’s Thor in 2017’s “Thor: Ragnarok.” MCU fans expected Bruce’s return to earth in “Infinity War” and his reunion with Natasha to resurface the fan-favorite storyline, but that never happened because the jam-packed plot of the blockbuster left no room for the romance to get its proper due.

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