At the start of the "Avengers: Infinity War" movie:

Thanos and the Black Order have boarded the Asgardian ship, killed most of the inhabitants and beaten Thor and Hulk.


A wounded Heimdall teleports Hulk / Bruce to Earth for safety before Thanos kill him.


Didn't Heimdall teleport Thor instead? Isn't Heimdall more responsible for Thor than Hulk?

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    Heimdall was probably aware of Thor's ability to survive most things because of his god (like?) powers, whereas Bruce was certainly dead if he was left on the ship.
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Apr 28, 2018 at 21:32
  • @Edlothiad Wasn't Thanos going to kill Thor using Power Stone?
    – user931
    Commented Jun 23, 2018 at 20:50
  • @Edlothiad - citation needed for the Hulk floating around in space being fatal to him.
    – Mazura
    Commented Nov 15, 2018 at 1:44
  • @Mazura, given I said Bruce, not the Hulk, I think the fact that Humans starve and die in the vacuum of space is sufficient.
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Nov 15, 2018 at 10:46

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Based on my admittedly limited understanding of ancient Norse culture, and allowing for movie exaggeration, it is possible that the Asgardians had a particular responsibility to protect Bruce because he was a guest.

In any case, Thor would not willingly abandon his people, and Heimdall knew that. He may also have

seen that help was coming and realized that Thor would need to reach Nidavellir, which would have been hard to do from Earth,


anticipated the upcoming attack on Earth,

but even if he didn't, I think the Sacred Hospitality trope, combined with Going Down with the Ship is probably enough to explain his decision. (Warning: TV Tropes links.)


This is totally based on what I think,

What I think is that Heimdall knew that Thor could survive being in outer space until the guardians came (because he probably saw that the guardians were on their way) and that hulk being beaten up he might have assumed that the hulk may turn back to Bruce Banner and might not have a chance in surviving in space and also Bruce could find the avengers more easily than Thor as he is from earth (As the avengers are broken up and Bruce has a better chance in locating them than Thor, heimdall probably knew that the avengers were disbanded).


This may be wrong, but there is the simple fact that Bruce was not restrained, while Thor was restrained in metal. Perhaps his transporting ability can't pull people out of constraints. In this case the constraints were magical, even! The transporting beam seemed to make a hole through the ship to transport Bruce, but I don't know if it could tear Thor safely out of the metal.

  • Bruce was unconscious and no longer a threat, that's why the other seven people in the room were all on the other side of both of them. He was the only one, out of two valid targets, whose continued life was not currently at the mercy of a telekinetic, whom all they had to do was squish really hard.
    – Mazura
    Commented Nov 15, 2018 at 1:43

I like the theory that hulk was a guest therefore heimdall might have teleported him for the sake of honor.. But i also think (its a stretch) that since heimdall had the power of sight, both past and future, that perhaps he could see something in banners future that was not hinted on in the movie. Similar to how dr. Strange saved tony from certain death by giving up the time stone in the particular way he did.. Ie bargain to save tonys life by giving up the stone (14+ million future outlooks and only one in which they win against thanos) clearly.. Tony is key to the 1 possible future that they win the fight. I digress..anyhow. I think heimdalls choice to save banner was the same.. He knew the future and that banner or hulk was a key figure in defeating thanos.

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    This is speculative and doesn't really add anything to the existing answers. Commented Jul 31, 2018 at 11:50

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