Back in May, Mark Ruffalo teased that the Hulk might be showing up in Captain America: Civil War even though the film is already packed with superheroes. For those who have lost count, the film includes Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Vision (Paul Bettany), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), and Spider-Man (Tom Holland). That’s not to mention the non-superpowered characters Agent 13 (Emily VanCamp), Crossbones (Frank Grillo), General Ross (William Hurt), Baron Zemo (Daniel Bruhl), and unconfirmed character played by Martin Freeman.
Is there really anywhere to squeeze in the Hulk?
It doesn’t look that way. When we last left the big green guy, he was flying away in the Quinjet to an unknown fate. And according to Mark Ruffalo, that fate is too big to cram into Civil War. Speaking to Bad Taste [via CS], Ruffalo revealed that he was in the script, but they had to cut him:
“The reason is too great to be revealed in this movie (Civil War). I was in the script but then they removed my character. They don’t want to reveal where is he and why. I don’t even know if Hulk will be back soon.”
While I love seeing Ruffalo play the Hulk and Banner, keeping the character out of this one feels like it’s for the best. The movie seems like it will already be crazy crowded as it is, and trying to factor in what’s going on with the Hulk feels like a distraction.
Captain America: Civil War opens May 6, 2016. Here’s the official synopsis:
Captain America: Civil War” picks up where “Avengers: Age of Ultron” left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.