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In Thor Ragnarok we have seen a couple of times when Thor keeps telling Banner "the sun is down, the sun is down" to calm him down and stop him from turning back to Hulk.

What is the reason behind Thor saying this to Hulk? I don't remember any reference from the previous MCU movies.

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It relates to what Black Widow tells Hulk in Avengers: Age of Ultron in order to get him to come back to himself, to calm down and go back to being Bruce Banner.

From the question What's that “Sun’s getting real low…” lullaby thing to calm down the Hulk?

There is nothing specific about the words. They are just a trigger phrase/word to get Hulk's attention, like "en guard" or "Avengers Assemble". Whedon said:

What about the words she says?
“Hey there, big guy. The sun’s gettin’ real low.” I actually added that later in the game, I think something basically to get his attention and to have a phrase that he knows, this is about to start. I wanted to do as little with talking as possible, because it’s all going on there [points to his eyes], which is amazing, because two of those are not real — they were created by ILM, and yet they are so full of life. And I hate to say it, but he’s dead sexy as the Hulk.

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