After plenty of speculation about whether or not Bruce Banner or the Hulk would play a part in 2016's "Captain America: Civil War," actor Mark Ruffalo has given the most concrete answer on the matter to date. In an interview with Italian website BadTaste.it, Ruffalo revealed that the Hulk was in "Civil War," but that's no longer the case.
"The reason is too great to be revealed in this movie ['Civil War']," said Ruffalo, in a translation provided by ComingSoon.net. "I was in the script but then they removed my character. They don't want to reveal where is he [after 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'] and why. I don't even know if Hulk will be back soon."
At the end of this year's "Avengers" sequel, the Hulk -- exhibiting a new level of control while not in his Banner persona -- grabbed a Quinjet and left the team and his budding relationship with Black Widow for parts unknown.
Ruffalo's involvement in "Civil War" has been a matter of debate for a while, particularly since the Hulk is one of the few A-list Marvel heroes not in the film. The actor was reportedly spotted in Germany hanging out with the film's cast last month, and Robert Downey Jr. -- who returns as Tony Stark in the film -- previously said that Hulk's in the movie. Of course knowing that Hulk was in the script and removed would explain why Downey previously believed he'd be in the film.
"Captain America: Civil War" opens on May 6, 2016.