Captain America: Civil War Almost Included Red Hulk and Rage Zombies

Thursday, 25 August 2016 - 3:14PM
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Captain America: Civil War
Thursday, 25 August 2016 - 3:14PM
Captain America: Civil War Almost Included Red Hulk and Rage Zombies

Captain America: Civil War seemed to include almost every character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and somehow pulled it all off with aplomb. But according to the Russo brothers, another character was almost included in that endless list of heroes and villains: Red Hulk.

Red Hulk is a Marvel Comics villain who has essentially the same powers as Hulk, but is also tactically intelligent and uninhibited in his violence. In the comics, his identity is eventually discovered to be Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, who was played by William Hurt in The Incredible Hulk. So when Hurt was cast as Thaddeus Ross in Captain America: Civil War, many fans speculated that Red Hulk would appear, in spite of the fact that Hulk himself was absent.

As it turns out, fans weren't completely off the mark, as the Russo brothers told Comicbook.com that they were seriously considering adding Red Hulk into the mix. 

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"We had so many characters in that movie as it was," Joe Russo said. "We consider everything, obviously, but with so many characters in that movie as it was to try and entertain adding another character and to get to the Red Hulk, you have to add a back-story. You have to substantiate the narrative to get to that. [Thaddeus Ross], on our list of priorities, he was there sort of as the government's agenda and not to add another complicated super powered character to the mix."
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And although Red Hulk didn't make it into the final cut of Captain America: Civil War, that doesn't mean the Russos have ruled out an appearance in the future. 

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"We had a board when we started this process of the movies with these Avengers characters that have ever graced the screen in a Marvel film and a list of characters that we have at our disposal that haven't graced the screen," Joe Russo said. "We spent the last six to eight months crafting stories around the cornucopia of characters at our disposal so anything is possible."
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And even earlier in the process of conceiving the third Captain America movie, the Russos weren't even sure they had Robert Downey Jr. on board. Adapting the Civil War comics was their first choice, but they wouldn't do it without Iron Man, so they considered

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"There was a period where we did discuss a third act that revolved around the Madbomb from Cap mythology," Anthony Russo told EW. "It didn't have anything to do with Civil War, and if we couldn't get Downey – in the very, very early conversations before we nailed him – somebody pitched the idea of a third-act that revolved around the Madbomb, which makes people crazy. It almost like zombifies them – but not literally.

"The charm of the Madbomb is that you turn hordes of people into berserkers. That was the physical challenge that Cap and company would have had to face."
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Although we're obviously relieved that they were able to lock Tony down for Civil War, as well as two more Avengers sequels, this sounds like it could have been kind of awesome, especially since it would have preserved the moral quandary element of the film:

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"The notion of the Madbomb would have been Cap having to fight civilians and how he would he handle that," Joe Russo said. "We were always trying to put him into these interesting moral conundrums because of his nature. That would have made a compelling third act because if civilians are the antagonists, how could he stop them without killing them?"
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Captain America: Civil War comes out on DVD and Blu-ray on September 13.

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