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How Thanos Beat Hulk So Easily Without Any Infinity Stones

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At the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos triumphed over Hulk even without any Infinity Stones. Although the defeat was crucial for Hulk’s character development.

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Although Thanos easily defeated Hulk in their Avengers: Infinity War battle, it was not due to his possession of the Infinity Stones. The MCU’s Infinity Saga took years to build up Thanos as the toughest villain in the universe, culminating in the epic hero team-ups of Infinity War and Endgame. However, despite his quest for the six Infinity Stones to attain ultimate power, Infinity War’s opening scene proved that Thanos was already a formidable foe even without them.

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Avengers: Infinity War begins with Thanos and his crew commandeering Thor’s Asgardian spaceship. Although it wasn’t unexpected for Thanos to defeat Hulk, it was shocking to see how effortlessly he did it. It was even speculated that he used the Power Stone. However, during an Infinity War Q&A with Collider, directors Anthony and Joe Russo clarified that Hulk’s early defeat was entirely due to Thanos’ own prowess, and that it was necessary for the story.

Thanos Beat Hulk Because He Was A More Skilled Fighter

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In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, when it comes to sheer brute strength, the Hulk is often the first character that comes to mind. The green behemoth is known for his fits of rage that lead to him destroying everything in sight. While his physical prowess is on full display in the opening of Avengers: Infinity War, where he momentarily overpowers Thanos, the fight quickly takes a turn for the worse. Some attribute Hulk’s defeat to Thanos wielding the Power Stone, but the Russo brothers have suggested that the Mad Titan didn’t even need it to emerge victorious.

Hulk’s strength was undeniable, but he lacked strategy, unlike Thanos, who was an extreme strategist. Bruce Banner found it difficult to control the raging monster, which resulted in Hulk’s mindless rampages. Hulk’s tendency to throw aggressive punches without thinking was ultimately his downfall. Thanos, on the other hand, planned his every move, making him a more skilled fighter. That’s why he was able to defeat Hulk effortlessly, despite the latter’s physical strength.

Thanos Needed To Beat Hulk For Hulk’s Character Arc To Work

Although his early defeat against Thanos was a humiliating experience for the Hulk, it was a necessary step in his character development. After the fight, Bruce struggled to bring out his Hulk persona again, as the latter was ashamed and afraid. Moreover, Hulk was no longer willing to solve Bruce’s problems. The aftermath of the Blip encouraged Bruce to address the two consciousnesses within him, and this led to Smart Hulk’s emergence in Endgame. None of this would have been possible without Hulk’s defeat to Thanos, which acted as a catalyst for his transformation. Ultimately, this loss proved to be a crucial turning point in the Hulk’s journey.

Hulk’s defeat by Thanos in the opening of Infinity War may have come as a surprise to some, but it was a necessary development for his character. Thanos prevailed in the fight not because of the Power Stone, but due to his superior fighting skills. This served as a harsh reality check for Hulk, ultimately leading to Bruce gaining control over his alter ego. Although Hulk’s disappearance was inconvenient for Bruce, it proved to be the catalyst for their character development. Thanks to the defeat in Avengers: Infinity War, both Bruce and Hulk have grown, and they are much better off now than before.

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