Ever since Hulk took off in a Quinjet after the events of Sukovia, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) have yet to appear together on-screen. Although Iron Man and Hulk's personal engagements have kept them apart, Downey Jr. and Ruffalo have kept their geeky love alive through their off-screen social media antics.
After Joss Whedon's The Avengers brought together the unlikely duo of Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, fans had immediately caught onto their rapport and enjoyed their technological banter. As this "bromance" stemmed from their shared love for science, it eventually led to the coining of the term #Sciencebros.
While both Ruffalo and Downey Jr. have endorsed this relationship on multiple occasions, it seemed like Ruffalo was the one to temporarily break the pact and get comfy with a sea lion.
Seeing how "betrayed" Downey Jr. had felt after witnessing this aquatic friendship blossom, Ruffalo took to Twitter to reconcile with his co-star. In order to take the Iron Man actor's jealousy level down a notch, he even re-used the hashtag suggested by Downey Jr: #ScienceBrosBeforeSeaLions.
Although the actors had already showcased their on-screen chemistry in David Fincher's Zodiac, their ability to play off each other has exponentially increased after collaborating in the #Marvel films. So even if most of these online interactions are played for laughs, it's great to see Downey Jr. and Ruffalo embrace an aspect of the fandom that has been created due to their on-screen compatibility.
Fans Absolutely Love The Iron Man And Hulk Bromance
Even though #TheAvengers released in 2012, it took almost a year for Mark Ruffalo to know about this fandom which worships the bond between Tony Stark and Bruce Banner. While long term fans of the duo might be aware of the fan-art that originates from various regions of this fan base, here's some of the best illustrations shared by the #Sciencebros enthusiasts.
All these are certainly a testament to the extent of love and admiration that #MCU fans have for the actors and the characters they've portrayed. Although Ruffalo's tweet might've been a sign of relief for the "Science Bro" fandom, it remains to be seen whether the actors' on-screen avatars share the same amount of love. However, if these behind-the-scenes pictures are any proof, fans can expect Tony Stark and Bruce Banner to revive their camaraderie and take down Thanos in style.
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(Source: Mark Ruffalo Twitter)