'Avengers: Endgame' Super Bowl Trailer May Confirm a Missing Hero's Return

Bruce Banner lost the ability to Hulk out in Avengers: Infinity War, but the latest Endgame trailer may confirm the return of everyone’s favorite big, green Avenger. While we never see the Hulk in the trailer that played during the Super Bowl, his absence could be even more significant.

After the Avengers: Endgame trailer dropped, fans quickly pointed to one shot in particular that could be hiding the Hulk’s return in plain sight. Near the end of the teaser, we see the newly reformed superhero team walk through Avengers headquarters in formation. From front to back, the heroes pictures are: Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Rocket Raccoon, Ant-Man, and War Machine. But notice the gap between Ant-Man and War Machine? It is possible the Hulk is supposed to be there and Marvel edited him out to avoid spoiling the hero’s return?

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It wouldn’t be the first time that a trailer has edited out something to avoid spoilers. In the Infinity War trailer, several of the Infinity Stones were digitally removed from Thanos’ gauntlet in a shot near the end of the movie to avoid spoiling earlier plot details.

The return of the Hulk could be an even bigger deal. Banner has struggled to transform back and forth between himself and Hulk since Thor: Ragnarok. The only time he was Hulk in Infinity War was at the very beginning, during the battle on the Asgardian refugee ship. He attempted to fight Thanos and, when that didn’t work, it was Banner who ended up on Earth, all Hulk-strength gone. It’s unclear exactly why the Hulk refuses to come out, but it seems all but certain that he’ll return in Endgame.

While the new Endgame trailer might be trying to hide Hulk from fans, one of the Infinity War trailers may have already spoiled him fighting in the Battle of Wakanda. In that trailer, he’s seen running alongside the Avengers, ready to take on Thanos. However, the scene never actually appeared in Infinity War. It could be that it was cut or changed in reshoots, but it’s more likely the scene we saw actually comes from Avengers: Endgame. (The two movies were filmed simultaneously, after all.)

Given Banner’s struggle with his alter ego over the course of Ragnarok and Infinity War, we’re excited to see how this secret Hulk trilogy will play out in Avengers: Endgame. The characters return will be enough to elicit cheers from the audience, but will it be enough to defeat Thanos once and for all?

At the end of the day, the Hulk may need to step aside and let another superhero deal the finishing blow.

Avengers: Endgame hits theaters April 26, 2019.

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