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Did the New Hulkbuster LEGO Set Spoil AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR?

Warning: There are potentially big spoilers ahead for Avengers: Infinity War!

In less than four months, some serious *bleep* is going down in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thanos is coming to Earth for the final Infinity Stones, and it looks like the latest LEGO toy leak may have finally unveiled the resting place of the Soul Stone. But that’s not all it revealed. Remember that awesome Hulkbuster Iron Man shot from the trailers? Today’s Nerdist News is looking at the possibility that Tony Stark’s not under the hood of that armor!

Join host and the Black Order’s anger management specialist, Jessica Chobot, as she tells us how Bruce Banner may end up piloting the Hulkbuster suit. Now, Tony Stark’s not the kind of guy who willingly shares his toys…or anything, for that matter. However, Stark and his fellow science bro co-created the Hulkbuster armor some time prior to Avengers: Age of Ultron. Somehow, we doubt that either of them could envision a reason for Banner to wear the armor himself. But we can!

Think back to Thor: Ragnarok. Banner literally lost years of his life to Hulk’s gladiator phase on Sakaar. And while Banner was willing to transform back into the Hulk to save the Asgardian refuges, he may have good reason to believe the Hulk will attempt to permanently reclaim their shared body if he changes again. Getting into the Hulkbuster armor would allow Banner to stay in the fight against Thanos, and it may also allow the Russo brothers to restore one of Joss Whedon‘s unused ideas from Age of Ultron: Hulk bursting out of the Hulkbuster armor. That does sound like it would be a cool moment!

It should be noted that every one of the LEGO Infinity War sets is coming with their own Infinity Stones. But the one packaged with Wakanda seems to make the most sense. The trailer revealed that one of the film’s major battles will take place with the reunited Avengers joining forces with Black Panther and the Wakandan army. Thanos and his children wouldn’t bother with Wakanda if there wasn’t an Infinity Stone around. And we’re thinking that the Soul Stone has to be at the heart of the Vibranium meteor that gave Wakanda’s signature metal its almost metaphysical qualities. That would also give Black Panther and his subjects a more personal stake in the final battle.

What do you think about the potential identity of the Hulkbuster’s pilot? And will the Soul Stone show up in Wakanda? Share your theories below!

Images: Marvel Studios

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