Even the might of the Hulk is no match for the power of all six Infinity Stones.
During a recent Twitter Q&A with Wired, Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo revealed the reason the Green Goliath failed to heal after using the stones to resurrect the dusted heroes in the film’s final act. Simply put: the combined power of the stones would have been too much for virtually any being in existence to handle, and Bruce Banner is probably lucky to still be breathing.
You’ll remember that in Endgame, Banner volunteered to use the stones — housed inside a brand spanking new, Tony Stark-built Infinity Gauntlet 2.0 — to reverse the destruction wrought by Thanos’ infamous snap at the conclusion of Avengers: Infinity War. Banner was convinced of his destiny by the stones’ radiation signature, which was “mostly gamma” — the same type of radiation that endowed him with the power of the Hulk.
But his snap, while successful, took a terrible toll. The arm on which he wore the gauntlet was seen to be largely useless after his heroic action, and fans looked to the Russos to explain why such a powerful being would suffer such shocking consequences from using the stones.
The ace directing duo also offered some insight as to what led Banner to merge the two halves of himself, which was a crucial development — considering that it’s likely that nobody would have been able to talk the Hulk into wielding the Stark Gauntlet, had he not been possessed of Banner’s personality and intellect. Keep watching the video because we finally know the real reason Hulk didn’t heal from the snap!