When both Thunderbolt Ross and Peter Parker/Spider-Man were announced to be in Captain America: Civil War, the fan speculation about how the two characters could fit into the film’s story and also what versions of the characters the movie would be bringing to life, were some of the more hotly debated topics amongst fans until the trailers were eventually released.
Many fans thought that we could see Ross turn into the Red Hulk at one point in the film, since the character is well-known for the transformation in the comics and with the absence of Bruce Banner, could prove to be an unstoppable opponent for an already-divided Avengers.
Meanwhile, with the Tony Stark and Peter Parker mentor/protege relationship predicted fairly early on, some fans wondered if we’d get to see Peter wearing his iconic Iron Spider in the film, which would not only make sense for the story, but could also be an interesting way to introduce the character.
Well, while speaking with Comicbook.com, The Russo Brothers confirmed that both versions of the character were considered for the film, though they didn’t elaborate much further than that:
“We had so many characters in that movie as it was. We consider everything, obviously, but with so many characters in that movie as it was to try and entertain adding another character and to get to the Red Hulk, you have to add a back story. You have to substantiate the narrative to get to that. [Thaddeus Ross], on our list of priorities, he was there sort of as the government’s agenda and not to add another complicated super powered character to the mix.”
Though the duo do say that fans shouldn’t rule out the possibility of Ross turning into the Red Hulk at some point down the line:
“We had a board when we started this process of the movies with these Avengers characters that have ever graced the screen in a Marvel film and a list of characters that we have at our disposal that haven’t graced the screen. We spent the last six to eight months crafting stories around the cornucopia of characters at our disposal so anything is possible.”
And when asked about Iron Spider, the duo said:
“Again, that falls in that category of anything’s possible. We consider everything.”
With Thunderbolt Ross a present character in the MCU again thanks to Civil War, I know I’m not the only one who’d like to see him turn into the Red Hulk at some point onscreen, and after some of the things that we’ve gotten to see in the films as of late, it doesn’t seem that far out of the realm of possibility. Plus, who wouldn’t want to see William Hurt turning into a red version of The Hulk on the big screen?
As for the Iron Spider costume, I think I’d honestly be happy with Tom Holland’s iteration never changed his costume, that’s how much I love the MCU’s version of the Spidey costume. I’m sure that we’ll see upgrades and changes made in the future, but until then, I’m more than happy with the version we’re getting right now.
Captain America: Civil War will be available on Digital HD on September 2nd, before being released on blu ray and DVD on September 13th.
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