With Captain America: Civil War getting ever closer to release, all those clips and trailers are going to highlight the multitude of characters included – and if things worked out differently, the Hulk would have been there as well.
Speaking during promotion for the movie, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely confirmed that Hulk is not in the film, though at one point there were plans for the big guy to appear – or Bruce Banner, at the very least. Says Markus;
“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. 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.”
Hulk will next be seen in Thor: Ragnarok, due out on 27 October 2017.