With Samuel L. Jackson saying he is not in Captain America: Civil War, one of the only remaining major question marks is whether Bruce Banner will appear in the film. No official comment has been made by Marvel, but Mark Ruffalo recently said he’s expecting to be in the movie.
Or at least he thinks he is… unless Robert Downey Jr. was lying to him.
In a recent interview with Hitfix, Ruffalo said he didn’t officially know if he was in the film, but that his pal told him to plan on it. “If Robert Downey Jr. says I’m in Captain America, I’m in Captain America, dammit,” Ruffalo said. “And I will wait for the day that my call sheet [or my script] shows up on my doorstep.”
“I’m told that I’m in it by Robert—which I’ll take as biblical—but I just haven’t seen or heard from production yet,” Ruffalo continued.
Though Civil War is currently filming, Ruffalo’s absence and uncertainty about his involvement doesn’t entirely eliminate him from participating. (Spoilers for Age of Ultron follow.) Avengers: Age of Ultron left Banner/Hulk flying off by himself, purposely going off the grid as the team’s latest battle came to an end. It wouldn’t be a total shock, if the character drops back in to the plot of the new film, that Ruffalo wouldn’t need to be there for the entire shoot.
Though Ruffalo’s name was absent from the initial cast reveal, The Incredible Hulk‘s Thaddeus Ross, played by William Hurt, was revealed to be returning, which at least indicates Banner’s plight will have some effect on the plot of the new film.
Captain America: Civil War opens on May 6.