Thor: Ragnarok began a 3-movie arc for the Green Goliath which was continued in Avengers: Infinity War and it will end in Avengers 4. Ragnarok teased the fact that the Hulk also wants to be out there in control living his life the way he wants, but then Infinity War sent him into his resting room after the beat down that he got from Thanos. Now, Avengers 4 will obviously show Banner being able to turn back into the Hulk but the big question remains that how will it exactly happen.
The Russos revealed that the Hulk was just tired of saving Bruce’s life time after time. He was tired of being used as the muscle only when Banner needed him to come out, and that explains his denial to return and fight for Banner even in harsh situations. But looking at the concept art for Avengers 4, fans have come to the conclusion that we will be seeing Professor Hulk where Banner will be in control of the brains and Hulk will get the physical movement.
So for that to happen, Bruce may have figured out a deal with the Hulk who allows him to control the brains and steer the wheel even when he is out. But a fan on Reddit has a very dark and more brutal theory which would surely work to bring Hulk out of his shell. The theory suggests that Thanos will actually kill Black Widow and that would cause the Hulk to really lash out! Here’s what the theory reads:
“Thanos will put Natasha’s life in danger which will get Bruce really angry but still not hulk out. But then she will eventually die which will finally unleash the Hulk – but plot twist! It’s just a Reality Stone trick. Widow isn’t actually dead, Thanos just wanted to unleash the Hulk like Loki did in The Avengers. But this time, he’ll Mind Control Hulk to help him fight against [the other heroes].”
Honestly, I don’t think Natasha will die anywhere in the film but imagining this little piece would not just boil the blood of the Hulk, but it would anger every fan that would be out there in the theatres! A motivation like this would fill the Hulk with berserker rage which Thanos would not have even imagined thinking he’s already taken down the Green Goliath once. A fan commented on this theory with a similar insight! Here’s what he wrote:
“I actually think vice versa, from how easily Thanos dispatched the Hulk in Infinity War. He will not see him as a threat at all and might simply be killing Black Widow as an example to other Avenger aggressors. Of course, this will enrage and traumatize Banner/Hulk to the point where they both feel absolute fury and reach a strength which Thanos could never have anticipated, leading to a brutal beating that comes close to ending the Mad Titan’s motives completely and ultimately fulfilling the traditional comic lore of why Thanos considers the Hulk one of the few beings he never wishes to confront directly.”
Well, I would partially contradict this theory. What I think will happen is that we will see Professor Hulk towards the 2nd Act of the film, but Thanos cannot kill Black Widow. She can’t die because of the coming A-Force movie that she has to lead (her solo movie would be a prequel so that’s not a concern).
So, what will happen is that towards the final act, Thanos will critically injure Widow and that will cause the Hulk to lash out like he never has! Thanos will get the beating of his life and understand why he should have never messed with the Hulk. And Hulk will have his revenge on Thanos for what he did to him in Avengers: Infinity War which will end his story arc on a high note as he retires from the franchise.
Avengers 4 will be full of plot twists but Widow is not the one who will bite the dust. Rather, it is Hawkeye and Captain America who may end up dying for good. We will find out for sure when Avengers 4 hits the theatres on May 3, 2019.