Any fan of The Avengers will know that Tony Stark and Bruce Banner share a friendship like no other, and in fact the internet knows this so well that they dubbed the two characters "Science Bros."
Actually as it turns out "Science Bros" has a whole community of a fan artists who like to imagine, draw and write about Tony and Bruce's relationship, which is sometimes friendly and, well, sometimes romantic.
The phenomenon even reached the ears of one of the bros himself, Mark Ruffalo a couple of a years ago (an impressive feat considering the man has admitted he has "never Googled" himself)! At first Ruffalo was totally surprised by the art (who wouldn't be when you suddenly discover a whole fan art community dedicated to you and your friend), saying "Are you joking? There's all this art of me and Robert?" But soon enough he realized what a huge compliment it was that his character had much such an impact a whole new storyline had been imagined for him:
"Yes! It's me and Robert! Look at this! There's thousands of them! It's called the Science Bros. This is awesome. I've never heard of it. Why hasn't anyone told me about that?"
When it has The Hulk's seal of approval you know it has to be good!
Ruffalo even went on to endorse whole community, saying:
"I love it; it's awesome. I endorse it 100 percent. You know what it is? It's open-source creativity."
But what about the slightly romantic Science Bros fan art that depict the two men in a relationship? What does Ruffalo think about that? Well, turns out he's totally fine with it:
"So, are they all quasi-homoerotic? Like tinged with …That's cute!"
What an awesome guy! He obviously sees how much the community loves The Avengers franchise and is totally supportive of whatever way the fans express their love for it.
And let's be honest - some of the Science Bros artwork comes from some seriously talented artists!
Sometimes Science Bros fan art may even include other Avengers members in the artworks.
Captain America is a popular addition creating a whole new genre of Science Bros: Stark Spangled Banner (yeah I thought it was pretty clever too).
But most people stick to the traditional Tony Stark/Bruce Banner team up, because obviously Science Bros as a concept is perfect just the way it is.
And how does Tony Stark a.k.a. Robert Downey Jr. feel about Science Bros? Well Mark Ruffalo thinks he knows exactly how he'll react when he finds out:
"I'm going to call him and tell him, and he's going to laugh his ass off. He'll love that."
Hell yes! Long live Science Bros.
Sources: Vulture, Buzzfeed, DeviantArtist ecokitty, DeviantArtist Itabia, DeviantArtist MiraiMangaka, DeviantArtist LA-P, DeviantArtist ttx6666, DeviantArtist cyen, DeviantArtist LinzVsTheWorld, feriowind.tumblr.com