Lots of news coming out of the Marvel camp today as we start looking at what’s next for the Avengers. Recently, we saw a few on set images leak from the Captain America: Civil War set, but since then, there hasn’t been much forthcoming, which is likely because production has probably moved indoors to Pinewood Studios in Atlanta.
There are a lot of actors coming back from Avengers: Age of Ultron to work on Captain America: Civil War, including Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark, and a few new faces such as Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man and Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther. Just a few weeks ago it was hinted by Mark Ruffalo that the Hulk may be back as well, tweeting the following:
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) May 14, 2015
Possible spoilers to follow!
Another familiar returning face is William Hurt, who hasn’t been seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2008’s The Incredible Hulk as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross. While most of us assumed he would be in charge with overseeing some portion of the Superhero Registration Act, according to MCU Exchange, we will see General Ross transform into the Red Hulk and go toe to toe with Ruffalo’s Hulk.
I feel like there may already be far too many characters in Captain America: Civil War, which was an issue I had with Age of Ultron. The only saving grace may be that this film is focused on Captain America, rather than a team of characters who may get very little, if any, character development.
As for what part Red Hulk would play in the film, I can only speculate. During the Civil War storyline in the comics, Thor was cloned and fused with Stark technology to create a cyborg called Ragnarok, after Thor was missing and presumed dead. I don’t think audiences would go for that, but having Red Hulk take on the role of the pro-registration side’s unstoppable force makes some amount of sense.
We also know that General Ross has access to experiments to create super-soldiers from the film Incredible Hulk and in the comics, Ross does in fact become the Red Hulk in a similar way.
Of course, this is all rumor and hearsay, so I would take it with a large grain of salt until we hear otherwise.
Captain America: Civil War will premiere in theaters May 6, 2016.