Bruce Banner surprises Maria Hill with a proposal at a diner in rural Alabama. He explains that he has given up on trying to cure himself of his Hulk duality and wants to apply his genius level intellect to something more beneficial to society. He offers to work for S.H.I.E.L.D. in exchange for some specialized benefits. The Hulk then demonstrates his usefulness by assisting in a raid of the Mad Thinkers hideout, which convinces Maria to hire him.