It’s been pretty clear that the Incredible Hulk will not be in ‘Civil War’. For one thing, the character was not part of the original comic book story. There have been no reports of Mark Ruffalo, the actor that plays the Green Goliath and his alter ego Doctor Bruce Banner, filming scenes for the movie, nor has any Hulk artwork surfaced in relation to this production.
And seemingly to clinch the fact, the ending of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ seemed to take him off the board for the time being.
Fans wondering where the Hulk went after he disappeared from The Avengers’ radar were hoping to get some explanation in ‘Civil War’ the next big Marvel film. After all, the movies don’t follow the comics 100%, so just because the Hulk (and Thor) weren’t in the original comic doesn’t mean that the film adaptation couldn’t mix things up.
But it’s time to give up on that dream. Ruffalo recently spoke on the subject to an Italian magazine called Bad Taste and confirmed that while the Hulk was in an earlier version of the script, he was ultimately omitted.
Here is Ruffalo’s take on the the switch:
“The reason is too great to be revealed in this movie (Civil War). I was in the script but then they removed my character. They don’t want to reveal where is he and why. I don’t even know if Hulk will be back soon.”
Here is the original quote when translated by Google Translate:
“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 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.”
Though not nearly as coherent or concise as the first, cleaned-up quote, the clumsier second statement is a bit more revealing, stating that the return of the Hulk was simply too big an event to shoehorn into an already packed story… on that is at least on one level a SOLO Captain America movie.
The important part of the second quote is that whatever happened, where ever the Hulk is, is something huge. The next ‘Avengers’ movie is the two-part ‘Infinity War’. Two movies means several hours to fill. The Hulk’s fate could easily be revealed in one of those… or could there possibly be a new Hulk movie in the works?
What do you think? What happened to the Hulk? Where would you like to see him return? Solo movie or team-up?