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Avengers: Endgame arrived in theaters back in April, although the conversation surrounding the Russo Brothers massive blockbuster hasn't slowed down. The movie was followed by Spider-Man: Far From Home, which revealed how Earth was recovering after Thanos' assault and the five year time jump. The overarching story moved forward by Peter Parker and his young friends, who hilariously updated moviegoers about life post-snap. But they also totally snubbed Mark Ruffalo's Smart Hulk in the process.
In the first act of Far From Home, we are updated about The Blip and The Snap via Midtown Science's morning announcements. When explaining how the Avengers fought back Thanos and brought back all the snapped characters, the screen shows promo shots of a handful of heroes. But Hulk isn't included, despite being the hero to actually bring everyone back with his snap. Check out the image below.
No love for the big green guy, huh? Even Bucky got credit for saving the day, despite being a wanted criminal for most of his tenure in the MCU. Poor Bruce Banner.
This new image comes to us from Reddit, as a fan caught the still and realized that Smart Hulk was noticeably absent from the photoshopped image. I do love how these images were pieced together, especially as each Avenger is also highlighted in a bright color. Details like this help to set the tone of Spider-Man: Far From Home, which has more levity and childish naivety that the ultra-serious additions to the shared universe.
While all of the surviving heroes participated in the Time Heist and should be thanked for bringing back half the galaxy, Smart Hulk was particularly instrumental. Banner was the one who physically wielded the Infinity Stones and snapped his fingers, thanks to Tony's nano gauntlet. Mark Ruffalo's signature character assumed that he'd be able to survive the radiation from The Stones, given how infused with Gamma he already was. He was ultimately correct, but his arm was permanently damaged as a result.
Funny enough, the above image actually features characters who were dusted, and therefore weren't responsible for The Blip bringing everyone back. Black Panther, Scarlet Witch, and Bucky Barnes were all featured in his homemade graphic, despite being nothing more than dust during the Time Heist. But they all fought hard in the final battle at the Avengers Compound, with the dusted characters and other forces assembling on the field courtesy of Doctor Strange's portals.
Hulk's exclusion from the AV Club's video is also notable because Banner became a bigger celebrity during Endgame's five-year time jump. Smart Hulk made his debut at a dinner, where Banner was seen posing with some kids for photos. Paul Rudd's Ant-Man was bummed he didn't have that same celebrity, although he did get a spot alongside the rest of the heroes in this Spider-Man: Far From Home easter egg.
While new information about Spider-Man: Far From Home is being revealed, the news is somewhat depressing given the character's fate with Sony. Peter Parker will no longer be apart of the MCU, despite his five appearances across Phase Four. So we shouldn't expect him to be interacting with any Avengers in the near future.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is available digitally now, and will be on DVD and Blu-ray October 1st. In the meantime, be sure to check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.