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Damn near every major Marvel superhero is finding his or her way into Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America: Civil War. Now that the sequel is filming, we have reported on the confirmations of characters like Black Panther, Hawkeye, the new Avengers team and fresh additions like Martin Freeman. But a familiar Avenger just posted a Tweet that has the Marvel Rumor Mill spinning:
We reached out to Marvel. They had no comment. Because it's an innocent Tweet, right? Captain America: Civil War has started production, and Mark Ruffalo – a key member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – is showing his support for his MCU brethren. The dude just spent weeks on an Age of Ultron promo tour with 90% of the Civil War cast, so this out-of-left-field Tweet is likely just a, "Hey guys, keep up the good work" type of message. Right?
But why now? Clearly anyone Mark Ruffalo might have been Tweeting at with this message knows that Civil War is happening. We saw this title logo last year, when Marvel President Kevin Feige first revealed the title of the third Captain America movie. So if Ruffalo’s trying to whip up fan enthusiasm by letting his followers know that the MCU "gets just a little bit bigger" with the production of Captain America: Civil War, he’s more than a few months behind the hype cycle.
Unless, by "bigger," Ruffalo is hinting that the sequel might get Hulk-sized.
We have been speculating lately about where Hulk might turn up again in the MCU. And Civil War was an option, though it’s more likely that the green monster will be held by Marvel until one of the two planned Infinity War Avengers movies. Still, the fact that The Hulk himself is tweeting vague sentiments about Civil War can’t help but get us a little bit excited that a cameo could happen. Because as we said, just about every other Avenger – past and present – is down for a Civil War role.
When last we saw Hulk at the end of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the hero had commandeered a S.H.I.E.L.D. quinjet, throwing Ultron out of the driver’s seat and pointing the craft to points unknown. There have been discussions following the film’s opening that director Joss Whedon wanted to suggest that Hulk headed toward space – where a possible Guardians of the Galaxy crossover could have occurred. But that idea was nixed by Feige. Was that to keep Hulk close, so a Civil War cameo was possible? Again, right now, it’s all speculation. But it’s fun speculation, egged on by a calculated Tweet dropped by Mark Ruffalo, who HAS to know that he can’t innocently Tweet Marvel stuff without whipping comic-book-movie fans into a frenzy.