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Hulk: Captain America: Civil War appearance won't happen

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Despite the singular title, Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War is set to break the model of “solo movies” between Avengers event films. Confirmed characters for the third Captain America project already include Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye, the re-rebooted Spider-Man, Black Panther, the Winter Soldier, Falcon, Ant-Man, Scarlet Witch, Vision, and War Machine. 

Not mentioned there: Hulk.

The question of whether the Other Guy would make an appearance during this clash of titans has been tossed around more than a bit since Avengers: Age of Ultron, which left the location of the good Dr. Banner more than a little ambiguous. (Is he abroad? Is he in space? Will he come back in time to fight alongside his Science Bro, Tony Stark?) 

Mark Ruffalo, who plays Hulk in the Marvel universe, previously told reporters that none other than Robert Downey Jr. said Hulk will appear in the film. But that may no longer be the case, at least judging by Ruffalo’s most recent comments.

Speaking to Italian film site Bad Taste about his status for Civil War, Ruffalo said it wasn’t happening for the Hulk. Despite that 180-degree turn, however, it doesn’t seem like Ruffalo or RDJ were fibbing with their earlier claims.

“The reason [for Hulk’s disappearance] is too great to be revealed in [Civil War],” Ruffalo said. “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.”

While Hulk’s status remains a mystery, we do know one other place he won’t appear: Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2. Director James Gunn previously squashed rumors that Banner was headed to space to team up with Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot.

All of which means Hulk fans will have to wait a little longer to see the big green menace. The other Avengers, however, will appear in Captain America: Civil War when it hits theaters on May 6.

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