Marvel Producers Never Should Have Tried to Make Natasha and Banner Happen

by Jeremy Spirogis
Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo smiling and looking off camera in the opposite direction

Romance has by no means been an enormous element of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For each Peter Parker and MJ, you’ve got a minimum of one couple who appear to be over earlier than they begin, like Bruce Banner and Black Widow. 

That couple started promisingly sufficient, however after one or two films, the Hulk left not solely her however the whole planet and ended up hanging out with Thor. After that time, when it got here to the Hulk, romance was just about lifeless.

Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo smiling and looking off camera in the opposite direction
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What occurred with Hulk and Black Widow?

The thought of Hulk and Black Widow as a pair appeared to return from Joss Whedon, the author and director of the primary two Avengers films. It was within the authentic Avengers that the thought took root as a result of Natasha was the one who discovered Bruce Banner and satisfied him, in opposition to his higher judgment, to hitch the crew. This was not earlier than she referred to as off a squad of SHIELD troopers able to strike if Banner Hulked out. 

He didn’t at that time, however Natasha was the primary witness to his first Hulk out later in that film, so it made sense from a storytelling standpoint that one thing past teammates or friendship may very well be developed there. In Age of Ultron, it grew to become clear that Natasha was the Hulk’s handler, the one who calmed him down as wanted. This led to a hesitant romance on the celebration scene in Age of Ultron, and that romance was inspired by Captain America, who had a short flirtation with Natasha in Winter Soldier. 

After that, nevertheless, not a lot appeared to occur. At the top of Ultron, the Hulk flew into house and ultimately joined Thor, and as soon as that occurred, any romance with Natasha was solely talked about in passing. When Natasha died in Avengers: Endgame, Professor Hulk, who didn’t witness her demise, had a second of rage, however that was all that was left of their romance, such because it was. 

What do followers say concerning the not-so-super couple?

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When a Reddit thread requested which MCU couple had the worst chemistry, the very first reply was “Hulk and Black Widow. Whoever thought they needed a half romantic subplot should get a good spanking.”

Fans famous that the romance was Whedon’s creation, however Whedon hasn’t directed for Marvel since Age of Ultron, and there have been a number of reviews that the film was a troublesome manufacturing that left Whedon feeling drained. It appears as if Whedon went, the Black Widow/Natasha romance went with him, and the writers and administrators who adopted him determined to not decide up that thread. The Infinity War/Endgame writers tried to make it work, however simply couldn’t make it match. 

One fan grumbled, “I actually think the lack of acknowledgment of their romance since that film has been worse than if they just went with it. They should have actually resolved it instead of giving us a half assed look between the two of them on Infinity War.”

What different MCU {couples} may need labored? 

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Other followers instructed {that a} romance between Black Widow and Captain America may need labored, with Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson having notably good chemistry. And that was earlier than Age of Ultron. “It was so annoying because cap and black widow had such amazing chemistry in tws and then they randomly put her with Bruce.”

It was additionally instructed {that a} romance between Steve Rogers and Sharon Carter, niece of Peggy Carter, additionally teased in The Winter Soldier, was one thing of a missed alternative. She confirmed up once more in Captain America: Civil War and shared a kiss with Steve, however issues by no means went additional than that. Perhaps the writers figured that in the end, Steve solely had eyes for Peggy. Good factor time journey got here alongside. At least Sharon Carter will return in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. 

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