Shang-Chi VFX Team Hints at Where Bruce Banner Is During Credits Scene
The film’s post-credits scene, which features Weta VFX ShangChi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ VFX crew, gives hints about where Bruce Banner is. The film had a limited narrative, but Destin Cretton needed to connect it to the larger MCU. This was achieved primarily by familiar faces appearing onscreen, such as Banner from Mark Ruffalo, who seemed significantly different than the last time he was there.
The humiliating defeat he suffered in his one-on-1 fight against Thanos (Josh Brolin) at the beginning of Avengers, Infinity War led to the Hulk refusing to appear for the remainder of the film. Five years later, in Avengers Endgame’s snap, fans were shocked to see Smart Hulk, a version as physically powerful as Banner but have Banner’s consciousness. Although the film did not explore creating the hybrid persona, it seemed like the hero was permanent. He was back in his human form when he appeared during ShangChi and Legend of Ten Rings_ post-credits scene.
The official entry of Shang-Chi (Simu Liu), and Katy (Aquafina), into the Avengers’ universe by Wong (Benedict Wong) raised many questions. Wong also met with Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) and Banner. The first three appeared to be all in the Sanctum Sanctorum. However, the two remaining members joined them via hologram. These holograms were the same ones used by the Avengers in Avengers Endgame. Sean Walker, the Weta VFX supervisor, explained how the scene was created while speaking to Variety. It turns out that Carol Danvers’ suit was entirely CGI. The Banner was also present in his laboratory during the discussion.
Avengers Endgame did not detail how Banner could meld his two distinct personas to create Smart Hulk. This mystery will remain until MCU Phase 4. The appearance of Banner in the ShangChi and the Legends of the Ten Rings made matters more complex as it seemed like Banner couldn’t easily switch between his forms. This is likely to be something that the upcoming Marvel Studios Disney+ series Sheulk will reveal about. Walker’s claim that Banner was in his laboratory is supported in the first official glimpse of the show. He and Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany) can be seen in their facility.
If Hulk is operating in his laboratory, it would suggest that most of the remaining heroes are scattered and doing their own thing. Banner could have quickly taken control of the Avengers facility in Upstate (if it hasn’t been damaged already) and managed it as Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), following Thanos’ snaps in Avengers Infinity War. However, he relies on his resources, and there is no system to support the new generation of Avengers.