Ever since everyone’s favorite giant green rage monster literally flew off into the sunset at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the expectation has been that the character would be sitting out the next few entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
We know for sure that Mark Ruffalo will be reprising his role in Thor: Ragnarok, but that film isn’t scheduled to come out until October 2017. That’s a pretty sizable amount of time to go without Hulk. It’s been all but confirmed at this point that the Hulk won’t be making an appearance in Captain America: Civil War this May, but recent comments from one of that film’s stars suggests that might not actually be the case.
During a guest spot on the Movies with Ali Plumb podcast, Anthony Mackie, who plays Falcon, casually alluded to Ruffalo in a conversation about his Civil War co-stars, making it sound as if he’s indeed in the movie:
“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 Johansson and Mark Ruffalo and everybody just do really, really good ACTING. And then there’s action in it. I think it might be the first superhero movie that might be up for Best Picture.”
Okay, so his belief that Civil War could actually pull off a Best Picture nomination is a bit delusional, but the fact that he’s specifically stating that you’ll be able to see Mark Ruffalo in the film is quite interesting. If Ruffalo is indeed in the movie, it’s doubtful that he’ll have a very sizable role, but it could help lay the groundwork for the Hulk’s larger role in Thor: Ragnarok.
The Hulk was part of an early draft for Civil War, Ruffalo later claimed that his part had been cut. However, the actor was reportedly spotted hanging out with Mackie, Chris Evans, and Daniel Brühl last August when the film was shooting in Berlin, so there’s definitely the possibility that he was able to shoot a cameo.
Of course, this could all just be an error on Mackie’s part, but if what he’s alluding to is actually true, he probably just spoiled one of Marvel’s biggest surprises for Captain America: Civil War.