The upcoming [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) movie looks like it is going to be on an Avengers scale with the massive cast set up to star in the film. Virtually every superhero from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and even a few new characters will be in the film. Only two major heroes have not been announced for the film: Thor and the Hulk.
Thor's absence is excused, as it's clear that he is going to have his hands full with the events of his upcoming sequel, [Thor: Ragnarok](tag:956858), but where is the Hulk? We saw him shooting away on a quinjet at the end of [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035), but his destination was never revealed. All we know is that he wanted to take his leave of the Avengers.
Even though Bruce Banner is currently hiding away in the MCU, that hasn't stopped fans from theorizing that he could return in Civil War. After all, with all the speculation of the Red Hulk being introduced in Civil War, most fans figured that Banner would return to fight him off.
Well luckily for us, the Hulk was actually written into the script of Civil War. Unfortunately enough though, he was then written out of it.
Mark Ruffalo, the actor behind the Hulk, recently said in an interview with Bad Taste that the mean, green Avenger would in fact not appear in the upcoming Marvel flick, and the reason may surprise you.
"Because it's still missing is not known where. I thought that I would be in the film, but in the end evidently believe that reveal what happened [to] Hulk is something too big, and Marvel wants to use this information later. My character had been inserted in the script, but then it was taken away. Who knows, maybe Hulk will never return. However, they want to keep the revelation of what happened a secret, because it is something really big."
Something really big, huh? Well, one of the most popular theories behind Hulk's disappearance is that he launched himself into space, and he would appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. However, director James Gunn stated that neither Hulk, nor any other Avenger would make an appearance, not even a cameo, in the Guardians sequel.
What really catches my attention is that "maybe Hulk will never return." Ruffalo states that Marvel has big plans for the character, but he doesn't even know if the character will ever return?
He could be referencing the long-awaited Hulk comic storyline 'Planet Hulk,' in which Hulk is jettisoned into space and lands on a strange new planet called Sakaar. Fans have been asking for this storyline for years, but seeing as the rights to solo Hulk films are still owned by Universal Studios, Marvel hasn't had the opportunity to make the film.
Perhaps that is what Ruffalo means by "maybe Hulk will never return" and "something really big." There are countless other scenarios in which we could see Hulk as well, and we can only hope that the character does indeed return in time for Avengers: Infinity War.