‘Captain America: Civil War’ Will Not Feature The Hulk After All

By September 3, 2015

There has been a lot of buzz about Captain America: Civil War ever since the film was initially announced last year. The story in the comics was massive when it debuted initially, and for months fans were wondering how Marvel was planning on adapting the story into a singular film. We knew from the get-go that Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) would still be at the head of the big conflict, but which sides the other characters in the film would choose has remained a mystery up until recently.

Following the first trailer being shown at this year’s D23 Expo a few weeks back, as well as the recent concept art that found its way online last week, it looks like at least the majority of the teams in the film have been revealed, and they feature almost every significant hero from all of the Marvel films up until this point (including the introduction of a few new ones as well). However, for a movie that’s being called The Avengers 2.5 by a lot of fans for just how many significant characters it features, there are still a few notable omissions from the film – one of the largest being Bruce Banner a.k.a. The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).

It became somewhat clear over the months following the film’s announcement that a small number of the Avengers would not be included in the Civil War cast. Both Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Ruffalo’s Hulk seemed to be the two biggest that would not be making it into the story, with both actors even going on record saying as much. However, a few weeks ago, reports of Ruffalo being spotted near the set in Berlin sparked some fans to speculate that Hulk might be included in the film after all, even if for just a small part. Unfortunately, it looks like those rumors have proven to be untrue after all.

During a recent interview with Bad Taste (via CS), Mark Ruffalo has confirmed that he will not be in Civil War, but that wasn’t always the case it looks like… Check out his full quote below:

“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.”

Now, as fans will likely remember, the last image we saw of The Hulk was at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron as he turned off his tracker, and flew off into the unknown by himself. No one knows where he went, or where he plans on going next, and judging by Ruffalo’s comments here, it looks like we won’t know for some time. While some fans had rumored that Hulk might be involved in the incident that sparks the battle between Iron Man and Cap, it looks like the movie will be taking a much different route than we might think at the beginning.

Not much is known about Marvel’s ultimate plan for Phase Three right now, other than the titles of the films we can look forward to. With Hulk not having a standalone film anywhere in there either, it looks like that last image of him in Age of Ultron might be the last thing we see from him for a while. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long before we see the character return though, but with Civil War seeming like one of the only films between now and Avengers: Infinity War where it would make sense for him to appear, it might be longer than some of us would like.

Captain America: Civil War is set to be released on May 6th, 2016.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable