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Red Hulk. He's like Hulk, except he's Red. He also has a long history of switching between hero and villain, with the most recent comic book version of the character settling on a happy medium, an antihero type of role. Anyway, in the comics is actually General "Thunderbolt" Ross, currently played in the Marvel Cinematic Universe by William Hurt.

With his recent reappearance in Captain America: Civil War, new speculation began to spark that we could yet see Red Hulk on the big screen. However, General Ross doesn't seem like the type in the Cinematic Universe to turn himself into a Hulk. As a high-ranking general, it would be pretty crazy for him to do. However, there are a few other possibilities that would still give us a Red Hulk in the

1. Experiments

[Credit: Marvel / Universal Studios]
[Credit: Marvel / Universal Studios]

Ross may not want to turn himself into a monster, but I wouldn't be quite so surprised about him potentially using prisoners to do experiments on the Raft, ending in one of them eventually becoming Red Hulk. Seeing Ross as the manipulator, controlling (or, at least trying to control) a monster on this scale would be fascinating in a later Hulk film, if indeed we are ever able to get another one. The problem with this idea? That's kind of what happened when Ross created Abomination in The Incredible Hulk, so it's been done.

2. An Accident

[Credit: Marvel / Universal Studios]
[Credit: Marvel / Universal Studios]

Instead of purposefully trying to create a Red Hulk, maybe Ross is actually experimenting to try and find a way to kill Hulk? Accidentally making a monster of his own on the way would be interesting, and if they still wanted Ross himself to be the Red Hulk it's perfectly possible in this way. This time the issue is that Ross has seen how this stuff works, and it would be a bit strange if he, exactly like Banner, accidentally turned himself into a Hulk.

3. Everett Ross

'Captain America: Civil War' [Credit: Marvel]
'Captain America: Civil War' [Credit: Marvel]

Here it is! Everett Ross, a character played by Martin Freeman in Captain America: Civil War, seemed rather shady indeed. In the comics, Everett K. Ross was a diplomat and friend to Black Panther and his family, who helped them on several occasions. He is set to return for the Black Panther film, but after it seemed like he wasn't so friendly, it would be surprising if he was back in such a friendly capacity.

What if he is still trying to hunt down the other heroes that escaped the Raft with Steve Rogers at the end of Civil War? If Ross becomes obsessed with finding a way to take down every other hero that hasn't officially signed up with the Accords, he is sure to go after Hulk next. It isn't clear if there is any relation between Thunderbolt Ross and Everett in the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet, but it is perfectly possible that Everett could take on the mantle of Red Hulk as he experiments on ways to take down Bruce Banner himself. This would provide Martin Freeman with a larger role in the MCU, one which could lead into a Thunderbolts film, and provides a classic twist on the General Ross as Red Hulk story.

That's all folks! What do you think about these possibilities and do you really think that we could still get Red Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Let me know in the comments, check out more of my articles below, and visit The Comical Theory on Facebook or @ComicalTheory for more of my crazy ramblings.


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