Avengers: Infinity War debuted in theaters back in April, quickly becoming the biggest film of 2018. Though it’s been months since the release, the Marvel superhero news cycle has all but slowed down, especially now that Infinity War is available for digital download.
In two weeks, the Blu-Ray/DVD versions of the film will come out, including deleted scenes and directors commentary. Ahead of that release, some of the best tidbits from directors Anthony and Joe Russo are already making their way around the internet.
According to Film School Rejects, the inclusion of Wakanda in the third Avengers flick was not always well-received. Apparently viewers in early test screenings of Infinity War, prior to Black Panther’s February debut, had little reaction to Wakanda. Likewise, the studio was hesitant about Wakanda’s huge role in the film’s third act. However, after Black Panther became a huge, successful hit, audiences began cheering when T’Challa appeared on screen and the studio followed suit.
The directors also said they would have cut the number of Infinity Stones if they could, admitting that it was a lot of plot points to juggle, and apparently the character Wong saying "I wouldn’t say no to a tuna melt” wasn’t improvised, but had been a part of the script since the film’s earliest drafts.
One of the biggest questions following the film, aside from anything having to do with the big snap, is why Dr. Banner couldn't summon the Hulk in his time of need. Joe Russo explained:
"This was an interesting journey we went on with Banner, trying to decide how we move him forward in the Marvel Universe. What makes him unique as a character is that there is a host body that is being fought over by two distinct personalities who hate each other. And both want control of the host body. So we thought an interesting direction to take him in is what if Banner, who typically uses the Hulk to solve crisis situations, what if the Hulk were no longer interested in solving those problems for Banner? So that the relationship is becoming increasingly dysfunctional. That's what's going on here."
"People have speculated whether there was some fear on the Hulk's part about having to face Thanos again. But I think ultimately what it is, is that he's tired of playing hero to Bruce Banner."
So now we know that’s why the green guy didn’t make an appearance in the latest Marvel flick, we’ll have to wait and see if he decides to return in the fourth Avengers.
Avengers: Infinity War comes out on Blu-Ray/DVD on August 14.