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Mark Ruffalo returns in She-Hulk: Lawyer, with the newly premiered Disney Plus series bringing Bruce Banner back in his Smart Hulk form. As introduced in Avengers: EndgameSmart Hulk – not a name Bruce chose for himself – is the perfect combination of brains and brawn, with Banner retaining his personality but getting the benefits of the Hulk’s big, indestructible green body to go along with it.
That’s all well and good, but fans are only just beginning to realize that one thing doesn’t make sense about him. Specifically, why the hell does he need glasses? Throughout both End of Game and the pilot episode of She-Hulk, Smart Hulk wears a pair of glasses when he goes to work. But, as user adamfish1981 originally pointed out on the r/MarvelStudios subreddit, that doesn’t match up with everything we know about the Hulk’s physiology.
Banner’s Hulk form is known to heal just about any wounds and infirmities. For example, back in The Avengers, Bruce recalled how he tried to kill himself but Hulk just spat the bullet. Obviously, his arm was badly injured from his use of the Infinity Gauntlet in End of Gamebut even that was finally healed in She-Hulk thanks to the super-blood of cousin Jennifer. Hulk should therefore have perfect eyesight.
So why glasses? Marvel hasn’t attempted to explain it yet, so we’re left to guess that in fact, maybe Smart Hulk doesn’t. need at all, but Bruce still uses them out of habit. In his human form, if he was concentrating on his job, he would put on his glasses, so he just keeps doing it even if it’s not strictly necessary.
The real reason, of course, is that Hulk in a pair of glasses is an easy visual exposition to tell audiences that we’re watching Smart Hulk and not a regular Hulk. Still, it’s not hard to imagine Tatiana Maslany’s Jen mocking her for her useless glasses in a future episode. Admit it, Bruce, you just wear them because you think they make you look smart.