Marvel likes to give with one hand and take away with the other; just as fans are going wild with their first sighting of Spider-Man in the Captain America: Civil War trailer, we have to deal with the loss of the Hulk. After tantalizing rumors that Mark Ruffalo was spotted on set for Civil War, scriptwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely told HuffPo:
“We can clean that up real quickly. Mark Ruffalo shot no scenes. We talked about having Bruce Banner at the very end of the film, and it just, again, seemed like we’re sticking people in just to stick them in. He has clearly gone somewhere at the end of ‘Ultron,’ and that’s a story. Don’t blow it off and put it in a little tiny chunk just to put in a little extra filigree on our movie. That’s a story.”
It's clear that the writers respect Hulk as a character, and while it's always a bit sad to miss out on a beloved character, I do have faith in the Marvel team to create something spectacular with Hulk's future appearances. Still, despite Hulk going "somewhere," the original plan did include Hulk bursting into Civil War:
“There was a draft with a stinger of him in it. But that was long ago, and reports of him actually filming stuff — the unit publicist on the movies [John M. Pisani] looks a lot like Ruffalo, so when people say, ‘Hey, he’s in Berlin dancing with Anthony Mackie,’ it’s John Pisani. It’s not Ruffalo.”
What Does Hulk's Absence Mean For 'Civil War'?
The Hulk has a relatively large role in the Civil War comics; indeed, it was his lethal rampage through Vegas that served as one of the catalysts for the controversial litigation at the heart of the struggle. It'll be interesting to see how the writers get around the plot holes left by Hulk's departure from the storyline.
Mark Ruffalo has signed a six-picture deal with Marvel and has so far only appeared in two movies: Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron. He did have a brief cameo in Iron Man 3, but this uncredited role does not count towards his contractual obligations.
This means that we will see the Hulk at least four more times, with two of those appearances presumably comprising of Avengers: Infinity War I & II. That leaves us with two more Ruffalo movies — Bruce Banner will have a big role in Thor: Ragnarok (2017) but there's nothing else on the Marvel Phase 3 roster that screams HUUUUULLLLKKKKKK! Could the remaining spare movie on Ruffalo's contract be a sign that Marvel is looking to give Hulk his own solo movie — maybe even Planet Hulk?
Thor: Ragnarok hits 2017 and Captain America: Civil War is released May 6, 2016 in the USA. Check out the trailer, feat. the one and only Spider-Man, below.
Do you wish Hulk were in 'Captain America: Civil War,' and in which movie will we see Mark Ruffalo's sixth role as Hulk?