Will Hulk Show Up in Captain America: Civil War After All?
We've been on quite a roller coaster ride with Hulk leading up to Captain America: Civil War. First, Robert Downey Jr. confirmed that he would be in it, but then the rumor was heavily denied by several parties. Now, Anthony Mackie may have just let slip that Mark Ruffalo is, in fact, in Civil War, and we're getting very confused.
"Having seen the movie, it's Marvel's best movie so far," Mackie said of Civil War on the Movies with Ali Plumb podcast (via CBM). "And I'm being honest – if a Marvel movie sucks, a movie in the Marvel universe, I'll tell you it sucked. Winter Soldier and (the first) Iron Man are probably Marvel's two best movies, and I feel like (Civil War) beats both of those movies... I feel like the story is very concise and interesting, and you get to see Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo and everybody just do really, really good ACTING. And then there's action in it. I think it might be the first superhero movie that might be up for Best Picture."
Does this mean that Hulk will make an appearance after all? It seems unlikely, considering that Mark Ruffalo revealed that his character was going to be in the film at one point, but was cut from the script. It's more likely that this was just a slip on Mackie's part, and he was just listing talented, highly acclaimed actors from the MCU.
Regarding his other statements, we would only expect him to say good things about Civil War during early promotion, but then again, there have been swirling rumors that Civil War is the best-testing movie of the MCU so far, so it's very possible that this will be the best film of the bunch. If it were to beat the odds and get some awards consideration, it wouldn't be the first to be in the running for Best Picture, as The Dark Knight was considered to be a contender, to the point that its omission is often cited as the reason the Academy expanded the number of films they nominate each year.
If Civil War were actually nominated, it would be the first, but that seems highly unlikely. Even if it's as great as Mackie says it is, the Academy doesn't generally consider genre movies unless there's some kind of hook, whether it's a performance like Heath Ledger's or George Miller's visual style in Mad Max: Fury Road. The Russos are talented directors, but the movie doesn't seem to have a distinctive visual style, and while all the actors are top-notch, there are probably too many characters for any of them to wrangle the spotlight. But the landscape is changing, and considering that two of the eight nominees this year are sci-fi movies, it seems increasingly likely that the superhero genre will be able to break into the awards game.
Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6.