Hulk Was Cut from the Post-Credits Scene of Captain America: Civil War

Thursday, 14 April 2016 - 11:30AM
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Captain America: Civil War
Thursday, 14 April 2016 - 11:30AM
Hulk Was Cut from the Post-Credits Scene of Captain America: Civil War
Hulk has had a long and confusing saga with Captain America: Civil War. First, Robert Downey Jr. said he was in it, then Mark Ruffalo said he wasn't, then Anthony Mackie implied that he was, and then it was finally revealed that his scenes were cut from the film. Now, Civil War screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have revealed that Hulk was originally supposed to appear in the post-credits scene, but was cut before he even filmed his cameo:
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"We can clean that up real quickly," Markus told Huffington Post of the Hulk rumors. "Mark Ruffalo shot no scenes. We talked about having Bruce Banner at the very end of the film, and it just, again, seemed like we're sticking people in just to stick them in. He has clearly gone somewhere at the end of 'Ultron,' and that's a story. Don't blow it off and put it in a little tiny chunk just to put in a little extra filigree on our movie. That's a story."
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He added that the reports that fans saw Ruffalo filming scenes with Mackie were the result of classic mistaken identity: the unit publicist John Pisani apparently bears a striking resemblance to Ruffalo. "So when people say, 'Hey, he's in Berlin dancing with Anthony Mackie,' it's John Pisani. It's not Ruffalo."

McFeely went on to say that similar to Hulk, characters were generally cut when their narrative couldn't be given "maximum impact," which was why Wasp didn't appear in the film as originally planned:

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"We certainly had a draft where both Ant-Man and Wasp were recruited, but when they come in, that's a lot of story there," said McFeely. "We have not seen her be a hero at all, so that's an example of where we think we'd be drinking someone's milkshake. Let's let the 'Ant-Man' franchise show her come to her full fruition as opposed to just doing it offscreen."
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Although it would nice to have more female Avengers, it generally seems smart to cut out storylines where you can, especially since Civil War is so sprawling to begin with. It's a tricky balancing act to give so many characters a fair shake while also maintaining a streamlined narrative, and judging from the rapturous reviews, cutting a few characters was probably a good call.

Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6.
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