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While the next outing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has Captain America’s name on it, the movie, Civil War has pretty much every hero we’ve ever seen in the MCU in it, along with a couple that we haven’t. There are a couple of exceptions to this though. One of the characters missing in action is The Hulk. According to the screenwriters, a large part of the reason for this is that the Hulk really can’t be in the film. It just wouldn’t work, because once the Hulk picks a side, the fight is already over.
In the MCU The Hulk has been every bit the overpowering force as his comic book counterpart. He tears through pretty much anything and everything that’s ever been thrown at him. If that included half the Avengers, is there really anything they could do? Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, the screenwriters for Captain America: Civil War Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely see the Hulk as the game over moment. Markus is of the opinion that if the Hulk were to pick a side, everybody else might as well just go home.
You put those guys in a fight, it’s over quickly. It’s like, ‘Well, we have the Hulk on our side.’ Oh, fine, then.
Markus says that the roster was chosen because of the type of fight they wanted to create in the film. Apparently they weren’t looking to have a one-sided blood bath. Actually, you could see this working out as an interesting subplot if Mark Ruffalo was going to be in the movie. Sides are being chosen and both Captain America and Iron Man are both making propositions to Bruce Banner trying to get him to join up with the their cause- each side knowing that once The Hulk is on their side they have this thing locked up. It was summed up in the first Avengers movie in one of the more quotable scenes in the franchise. Loki may have had an army but The Avengers had a Hulk. Banner’s alter ego was at least equal to, if not better than, an entire army. As powerful as each of the heroes on the other side would be, there just aren’t that many of them.
Still, we feel obligated to point out that The Hulk was defeated by the Hulkbuster Armor in Avengers: Age of Ultron so it’s not like he’s entirely invincible. At the same time, Hulk’s mind was being controlled so we can also argue he wasn’t his true self.
Would The Hulk have ended the Civil War before it started if he was in the movie? Let us know what you think, or which side he would have chosen, below.