(Warning - the following may contain mild to major SPOILERS for next year's Captain America: Civil War. As Hulk would likely advise Taylor Swift, were she to try to join the Avengers: "Don't say Hulk didn't say Hulk didn't warn puny international singing sensation...")
Now, Captain America: Civil War may be set to feature more Marvel superheroes than you can shake an Asgardian hammer at – even Spider-Man has now been confirmed – but that doesn't mean we're going to see absolutely every superhero the MCU has to offer.
Thor, it seems, will be off in Asgard getting ready for Thor: Ragnarok, the Netflix-based heroes look set to remain in Hell's Kitchen for the time being, and from the sounds of the latest reports...
Hulk Really Won't Be Turning Up In 'Civil War'
EW recently spoke with the film's screenwriters, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and it seems that the pair confirmed that the big green smashing machine will, contrary to rumor, be absent from the movie's proceedings. As Markus put it:
"You put those guys [Thor and Hulk] in a fight, it’s over quickly. It’s like, ‘Well, we have the Hulk on our side.’ Oh, fine, then,"
To which McFeely added:
"Yeah, I guess we should just call this off"
Which makes a lot of sense – and suggests Civil War will have less of an all-out-brawl feel than this summer's Avengers: Age of Ultron, seeing as Markus also added:
"You’ve got to kind of choose your roster depending on what kind of fight you want to have."
So, it seems...
The Hulk WON'T Be In 'Civil War,' Then?
Well that, at least, seems to be the official Marvel Studios company line – so if we do end up seeing anything from the not-so-jolly green giant, it's likely to be in the form of a blink-and-you'll-miss it cameo, or a super-secret plot-shifting final act appearance.
Or, alternatively, we could still see a certain Mr. Mark Ruffalo turn up as the Hulk's mild-mannered alter-ego, Bruce Banner. After all, Ruffalo did seem to hint as much earlier this year, telling The Daily Beast:
"I was talking to Robert Downey the other day, and he said, ‘Ruffalo! I heard you’re coming out here [to the Civil War set],’ and I said, ‘OK! I’ll be there."
Which could, of course, be nothing more than RDJ and Ruffalo messing with one another (and all of us), which they seem distinctly fond of doing.
Or it could mean that while The Hulk isn't going to be making an appearance in Civil War, Bruce Banner just might...
What do you think, though?