Joss Whedon’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” setup an unexpected romantic tension between Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) that was teased but couldn’t be fulfilled with Hulk vanishing at the end of the film.
It sounds like when the two finally reunite in “Avengers: Infinity War,” three years since Bruce and the Quinjet disappeared, it won’t be a happy experience. Appearing on Bravo TV program Inside the Actor’s Studio, Johansson revealed the relationship mirrored her own real-life situation (she filed for divorce in March):
“I just finished ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. My character has this ongoing relationship with Mark Ruffalo’s character. I had such devastation that day. I don’t know why. I was so devastated. It was something about this character that Mark plays, and this is something that should feel so solid and then suddenly doesn’t or there’s… and then it reminded me of so much of the things going on in my own life at the time…”
“Avengers: Infinity War” wraps production shortly with the fourth “Avengers” also in the works. Johansson and Ruffalo are starring in both films.