science bros

Marvel Cinematic Universe fans will forever remember this day as a sad one…The Science Bros are no more!

At least that’s what Robert Downey Jr. told fans at Marvel Studios’ ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Red Carpet Fan Event in Singapore. Downey Jr. was asked by director Joe Russo what it was like to work with ‘Doctor Strange’ actor Benedict Cumberbatch and his answer said it all:

“You know what, I hate to say it, I’m sorry Mark Ruffalo. The Science Bros thing is over. It’s now about me and the ‘batch.”

For those who have no idea what I am talking about, the Science Bros refers to the bromance between Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner/Hulk and Downey Jr’s Tony Stark/Iron Man. The term comes from Marvel fan fiction and refers to the fact that the two are, well, science guys. Downey Jr. has also taken the nickname and used it on social media as well, often tagging posts and photos with the designation. Ruffalo himself has also gotten into the act as last summer he shared a photo of Downey Jr. kissing his cheek with the hashtag ‘#ScienceBrosBeforeSeaLions’. Now that Downey Jr. has worked with Cumberbatch, though, it seems that the relationship has come to an end.

As we’ve seen in trailers for the highly anticipated ‘Infinity War,’ Iron Man and Doctor Strange appear to partner up in the fight against Thanos. It’s a relationship that doesn’t appear to start off on the best foot with the pair clashing, but Downey Jr. explained during a press conference that the two move on from that to work together. He said:

“I mean I should have known this just by watching it, but by being a big fan of the ‘Doctor Strange’ standalone, too, if you think about it logically if you want to, superhero movies, Strange is the guy who actually can, if he has the wherewithal to do it, he’s the one who can run through all the outcomes and actually figure out what the most likely scenario is going to be. And I think once Tony recognizes that that’s something that even though he thinks it might be within his control ultimately there’s a spiritual solution and if someone has the ability to have that kind of intuition, he can only stay at odds with them for so long.”

Even if Tony and Doctor Strange are working together that doesn’t mean Bruce Banner will be left out of ‘Infinity War.’ We’ve seen him with Tony and Strange in trailers. Maybe there’s still a chance for Science Bros yet? If not, maybe the Hulk can call up Bill Nye and they can start a new club!

Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Panther’ is now playing in theaters. ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ hits theaters on April 27, 2018. It is followed by ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ on July 6, 2018. ‘Captain Marvel’ hits theaters on March 8, 2019, while the fourth ‘Avengers’ movie lands on May 3, 2019. The sequel to ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ hits on July 5, 2019, and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ lands in 2020.