In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Wanda influences Avengers' consciousness.

Pietro Maximoff: What can I do?

Wanda Maximoff: Ah, it hurts.

Pietro Maximoff: I'm gonna kill him. I'll be right back.

Wanda Maximoff: No. I'm over it. I want...I want to finish the plan. [looking at the Quinjet where Banner is waiting] I want the big one. [after Stark corners Ultron]

How did she know that Bruce is Hulk? I mean, she saw him only as Hulk, and not as Bruce Banner.

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Because Bruce Banner being Hulk is not a secret identity and nobody have to do any maths to prove it. He doesn't dress up as Spider-Man in hiding but he just transforms in front of everyone.

So Wanda knowing it doesn't look like a big thing and remember they have been trained by Hydra to be used against Avengers so they must have done basic homework.

  • Your second point is definitely valid. However, while things may work differently in the MCU from the comics, I don't believe anyone has ever recognized Bruce based on having seen the Hulk. In fact, for the first few years (publication time, not in-universe time) of his existence, no one knew Banner was the Hulk but Rick Jones; even those who'd known Banner for a good while and had seen the Hulk up close, like Betsy and Thunderbolt Ross. People only started recognizing Banner as a threat once his situation was made public - and recognized him because Banner's picture was circulated.
    – RDFozz
    Dec 14, 2018 at 19:21

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