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.
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.
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
"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."
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:
Captain America: Civil War comes out on DVD and Blu-ray on September 13.