Why Hulk Won't Be In Captain America 3, According To Mark Ruffalo

Where in the world is the Incredible Hulk?

Despite chatter that Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk would be popping up alongside nearly every other Marvel movie character in Captain America: Civil War, this is not the case. However, that doesn’t mean he wasn’t included originally. The actor recently clarified the matter and revealed that Hulk was a part of Civil War at one point or another, but he was ultimately cut from the film because there’s some other mysterious plan for the giant green rage monster.

Ruffalo spoke with Italy’s Bad Taste while in Venice for the film festival. Super Hero Hype translated the conversation and unearthed this tidbit about the original plan for Hulk post-Avengers: Age of Ultron and what we can expect from him in the future. With regards to why Hulk was cut from Civil War, Ruffalo said,

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.

Be wary of spoilers from Age of Ultron, but Bruce Banner was troubled more than usual over his inner beast. Then everything changed when Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) hexed him into going ham on an entire city. Though he helped the rest of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes rescue Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), stop the total annihilation of the world, and destroy Ultron (James Spader), Banner in Hulk form set off into the great unknown on his own. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) told Widow at the end of the film that his cloaked quinjet was found to have crash landed in the near-ish vicinity of Fiji. Though the head of the once great S.H.I.E.L.D. imagines that’s where he set up camp, he could arguably be anywhere in the world.

A rumor was going around for some time suggesting that Bruce Banner could be off to the farthest reaches of space to join up with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Though, after seeing what went down in Age of Ultron, that’s not looking to be all that plausible. Then, again, it’s just about anyone’s guess as to what happened to Hulk.

However, there’s still plenty of superhero talent to look forward to in Captain America: Civil War. The film will feature the likes of Captain America (duh), Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye, The Winter Soldier, Falcon, War Machine, Ant-Man, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Black Panther and Spider-Man, as well as a slew of villains and supporting characters. The story will see Avenger fighting Avenger after the governments of the world band together to enforce harsher restrictions on superhuman activity.

Captain America: Civil War will hit theaters on May 6, 2016.