Before we start, let me preface this article with a simple fact - I love the MCU, so don't think this is me hating on Marvel. I have nothing but love and respect for the House of Ideas. Saying that, I do take issue with a rumour that's recently been doing the rounds. We've been told for months now that Mark Ruffalo will not be in [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409). Recently, however, Anthony Mackie let slip on a BBC Radio 1 interview that Ruffalo is indeed in the movie:
It’s really, really good. It’s because it’s more of an acting movie than an action movie. I feel like the story is very concise and interesting, and you get to see Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans and Scarlett Johannson and Mark Ruffalo and everybody just do really, really good acting.
If he really is in Civil War, it could be a huge mistake. If handled properly, however, it could be incredible.
Bruce Banner's final moments in Age Of Ultron were nigh on perfect. Flying (or sailing, if you will) off into the sunset to go and live a solitary life because after the incident in Cape Town, Banner can no longer trust himself or The Hulk to be around people, he made the brave decision to leave everything he loved (poor Natalia) behind. I was 100% certain that at the end of that flick, he was heading off into space to set up a MCU version of Planet Hulk. We would later find out that Ruffalo was next due to appear in Thor: Ragnarok - making Planet Hulk speculations intensify. What a great set-up! Hulk disappears into the sky, not to be seen for a few years until he turns up in space, ready to tussle with another 'puny God.' Or so we thought.
What could Hulk be doing in Civil War?
Here are a couple of possibilities for Hulk in Civil War. These aren't how I would use Hulk, but they are options nonetheless.
Let's say, for arguments sake, that he didn't go into space at the end of Age Of Ultron and he just ended up crashing in a desert somewhere. No-one heard from him for a couple of years, but then he inexplicably decides to head back to civilization to pick a side (for the record, he'd pick #TeamCap). Totally going back on everything he decided during perhaps his most defining moment - and for what reason? His friend needs a bit of help? Feels a bit like the Russos wanting to undermine Joss Whedon and put their own stamp on the MCU.
What about another option? Maybe a flashback? What possible reason could there be for Hulk appearing in a flashback in Civil War? Other than just an excuse to include Ruffalo (who, by the way, is nothing short of perfect as Bruce Banner), I can't think of a reason.
Here's How He Should Appear
Post-credit tag. Hulk should absolutely not appear in the bulk of Civil War, but he should appear in the tag after the credits. Imagine for a second, Civil War ends, the credits roll and you're left not knowing what to feel because the MCU has jut changed forever. After the final credit rolls, we fade up on a dense, ugly looking jungle. The camera tracks down through the canopy and into the forest. We slowly start tracking through the trees and speed up as we hear roars and other feral noises. The camera moves faster and faster and stops at a pair of green feet. We pan up and see Mark Ruffalo's Hulk covered in scars and war paint with spear in hand. He snorts at the camera, 'Hulk smash.' Cut to black.
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