It looks like we can finally put those rumors about Mark Ruffalo filming scenes for Captain America: Civil War, as Marvel has confirmed that the Hulk will not be in the film … but he almost was.
As it turns out, the original plan was to include the character in a post-credits tease, but this scene was ultimately cut. Civil War co-writer Christopher Markus cleared all of this up to the Huffington Post, confirming that Mark Ruffalo definitely didn’t film any scenes for the film.
“We can clean that up real quickly,” Markus said. “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.”
“There was a draft with a stinger of him in it,” added co-writer Stephen McFeely. “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 this decision boils down to is that Marvel didn’t want to include every major character in what is already a pretty jam-packed Captain America movie. This is the same reason why the Wasp also got cut.
“We certainly had a draft where both Ant-Man and Wasp were recruited, but when they come in, that’s a lot of story there, and you can’t just let Paul Rudd do what we need him to do in that section, which is look at it from wide open innocent eyes and appreciate the Avengers from the outside, which gets you comic relief beat after beat after beat. Spider-Man’s similar, right? Because these people have an investment, and these two new people don’t. It’s not that Wasp wouldn’t also have that opinion maybe, but we have not seen her be a hero at all, so that’s an example of where we think we’d be drinking someone’s milkshake,” said McFeely. “Let’s let the Ant-Man franchise show her come to her full fruition as opposed to just doing it offscreen.”
Thankfully, fans of either character won’t have to wait too long to see them again; The Hulk will appear alongside the God of Thunder in Thor: Ragnarok next year, while Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp will co-headline Ant-Man and the Wasp in 2018.