Where will Hulk land next? We have no idea, and neither does Mark Ruffalo! But it sure won't be in Captain America: Civil War. Which will surely disappoint some fans who feel the big green goliath isn't getting enough screen time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Especially when compared to other heroes like Captain America, Iron Man and even the under represented Black Widow. However unlikely, it's possible that we've even seen the last of Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner. But why?
For months now, it has been discussed and tossed about that Mark Ruffalo is reprising his character of Bruce Banner/The Hulk in Captain America: Civil War. Mark Ruffalo himself has seemingly confirmed that he will return over and over again. And why not? The film contains every single Marvel hero we've seen on screen up until this point. And even a few we haven't. The most telling sign that Hulk would return was the fact that William Hurt was back as General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, a character we haven't seen since 2008's The Incredible Hulk.
But it's not going to happen. We're all going to have to wait a little longer to see Hulk return. At the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Bruce was put on a Quinnjet for destinations unknown. And where he is headed is something so epic, it can't be spoiled in Captain America: Civil War. Which makes absolute sense. Because it looks like this third Captain America movie is throwing in everything, kitchen sink included. It's an overcrowded superhero tsunami that even includes Spider-Man. Hulk is seen as a spice. One that doesn't need to be sprinkled in here. But that wasn't always the case. As Mark Ruffalo explains to BadTaste.it, Hulk was in the original script for Captain America: Civil War. But he got cut. Why?
"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. [Hulk] is still missing, [and it's] not known where. I thought that I would be in the film, but in the end [Marvel] evidently believe that revealing what happened to Hulk is something too big, and Marvel wants to use this information later. 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."
Captain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain. Chris Evans returns as Steve Rogers/Captain America alongside fellow Avengers Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man. Also returning in the movie are Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Paul Bettany as The Vision, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Don Cheadle as Jim Rhodes/War Machine and Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch. Sebastian Stan will also be back as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier with newcomer Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa/Black Panther, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter/Agent 13, Daniel Brühl as Baron Helmut Zemo, Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow/Crossbones, William Hurt as General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, and Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man. Captain America: Civil War will also serve as the debut for Marvel's new Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland.
One other important face missing from the line-up is Chris Hemsworth, who has left for Asgard to search for the missing Infinity Stones before Thanos can get his hands on him. His whereabouts aren't nearly the mystery that Hulk's are. And we know where he'll show up next. In 2017's Thor: Ragnarok, which will serve to set up Avengers: Infinity War Part I in 2018. It's possible that we won't see Hulk until then. But it's also speculated that Bruce Banner might show up in the Captain America: Civil War post-credit scene. It's also been rumored that Hulk has gone into space, where he will meet up with Star-Lord and the rest of the gang in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, setting the stage for Planet Hulk. But those rumors are constantly shot down.
In the end, it doesn't make much sense to drop Hulk into Captain America: Civil War when it's all ready overstuffed with characters. But who knows where we'll see Bruce Banner next. Are you disappointed that he might not show up on screen until 2018? Or is that just enough time to really want to see him again? Let us know what you think about all this in the comments below.