So, I've just returned from a fresh viewing of [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035) at the cheap theater (don't judge me). Honestly, I walked away from my second viewing of AOU loving it even more than the first viewing. One of the things I love about seeing a flick the second time around is picking up on something subtle you may have missed on the first viewing. For those of you who have not had the pleasure of catching the film yet, first off...what's the matter with you? Second, if you want to go in "fresh," as Frank Costanza would say, there are some fairly large spoilers ahead...
A large part of AOU involves Scarlet Witch doing her crazy mind-altering tricks on the Avengers (minus Hawkeye, of course...speaking of which, did anyone else not totally love the forehead tazing scene?). We see Tony's horrifying apocalyptic future. We see Cap's fictitious flashback. We see Thor's prophetic dream. And, of course, we see Natasha's traumatic training that shaped her into becoming Black Widow. Notice anyone's dream absent...besides Hawkeye, that is?
That's right! The Hulk's! We know what was going on in everyone else's brain except the Big Green Giant's. I found that intriguing because one would think that the catalyst for all the chaos and destruction the Hulk causes in South Africa would be worth letting the viewers in on. Not to mention the fact that Hulk's role in AOU and overall part in the plot is rather beefed up compared to the last Avengers flick.
Now, maybe you've stumbled onto this little insight quicker than I did, but I can't be the only one that finds this a little interesting. After all, whatever it is Banner saw in his vision, it wasn't pretty. Remember those words Banner uttered to Wanda? They were far from kind. Here's what he said:
I could choke the life out of you and never change a shade
Tell us how you really feel, Bruce. Now, I realize Banner has some unique issues. Doing the mind-control trick on the Hulk gives way to different consequences than the other Avengers. But the other Avengers seemed to buy these visions. Except Banner. Remember, Tony built Ultron based on his vision. Thor went into those special waters based on his vision. And it seemed both Cap and Natasha bought into theirs as well.
But Banner...he was just royally pissed off that someone screwed with his brain. But that's a subject for another post.
Call me crazy, but I think Hulk's dream was intentionally left out on Marvel's part. Perhaps it's speculation. However, I'm inclined to think that when we piece together that epic fight between Bruce and Tony, the Hulk's rather intentional departure from the Avengers at the end of the film, as well as the strange absence of his dream/vision (unlike the rest of his teammates) we may have some deeper mystery to uncover in Marvel films to come.