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The Avengers: Endgame Writers Have Finally Explained Why They Ignored That Big Plotline

The mystery around Hulk and Black Widow's aborted romance is over.
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There haven't been many complaints about Avengers: Endgame, even from the many of us who were a bit disappointed that the much-discussed Ant-Man-going-inside-Thanos'-bum theory never came to pass. There is one hanging question though: whatever happened to the romantic subplot between Bruce Banner and Natasha Romanoff - Hulk and Black Widow - which flew off into space with Hulk at the end of Age of Ultron and apparently went straight into a black hole?

Speaking to the Empire podcast, writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus explained that it wasn't that they'd just forgotten that Hulk and Black Widow had had a bit of a thing going on in previous films - in fact, they tried to work it all out in the previous instalment of the franchise but ended up junking the scenes they'd shot.

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"We certainly wanted to continue the story. In Infinity War we have scenes… wrote them, shot them… of [Hulk and Black Widow] sort of hashing that out," McFeely said. "'You’ve been gone, I’ve moved on' – that kind of stuff."

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However, despite the absolutely mammoth run time of Endgame, McFeely explained, "it became very clear that if a scene was not on the A-plot, it could not survive Infinity War."

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He went on: "That thing has to be on rails just to get to the finish line. You couldn’t wrap up loose threads just because you wanted to."

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Markus is completely on board with that, adding: "It [would] seem a little odd, in the midst of everyone's mourning and [Hulk’s] change to a 2,000-pound genius, to go, 'And they’re dating!'"

So, basically, there wasn't time and everyone had better things to be putting on screen besides a not-that-gripping will-they-won't-they romance between an ex-KGB spy and assassin and an enormous green giant. Case closed.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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