General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross once met with Dr. Bruce Banner, the boyfriend of his daughter, Betty, with an interesting proposition. Ross aims to recreate the results of a World War II-era program in order to create an army of super soldiers. Had it been successful, he would’ve found a way to make humans immune to gamma radiation. Unfortunately, the experiment failed, and the radiation caused Banner to transform into a giant, raging beast for brief periods whenever his heart rate exceeds 200 beats per minute. Five years have passed since that day, and Banner now works at a bottling factory in Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro. He is determined to seek a cure for his condition, secretly corresponding with an unidentified individual known as Mr. Blue. He has not transformed in five months, but his peaceful existence is not to last.
A happy-go-lucky cowboy with a penchant for singing is offended when the wanted poster bearing his face calls him a misanthrope. Another cowboy enters a small bank with the intent to rob it. An old impresario travels the Wild West alongside a young man with no arms or legs. An old prospector arrives in a pristine mountain valley hoping to strike the mother lode. A woman named Alice Longabaugh travels with a caravan to Oregon for hopeful new opportunities. Five people travel by stagecoach as the sun sets. There are countless stories inspired by the United States’ westward expansion in the nineteenth century, and the Coen brothers’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs compiles six of them.