When it comes to Captain America: Civil War, most of the key players from the Marvel Cinematic Universe up to this point will be making an appearance in the film, leaving many to consider it an Avengers film as opposed to an actual Captain America film. (Something star Chris Evans continues to insist is incorrect.) One key player that was never confirmed to appear, however, was Mark Ruffalo‘s Bruce Banner/the Hulk. There were rumors of him appearing, sure, and Iron Man himself even told Ruffalo the Hulk was in the film, but it was later stated that they’d decided not to include the character in Civil War. And yet, it appears as though that may ultimately be incorrect.
Anthony Mackie, who made his debut as Sam Wilson/the Falcon in 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, has been making the promo rounds for his latest film, Triple 9. While doing so, he’s been answering various press questions regarding his involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the possibility of his character leading his own film – to which the actor denied any interest. And while that’s interesting in its own right, it’s what he said in a recent interview on Radio 1 that’s truly newsworthy.
“Having seen the movie, it’s Marvel’s best movie so far. 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. It’s really, really good. It’s because it’s more of an acting movie than an action movie. I feel like the story is very concise and interesting, and you get to see Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans and Scarlett Johannson 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.”
Now, is it possibly that Mackie is just playing around? Sure. But it would seem strange that he’d just casually mention Ruffalo’s name if he weren’t in the film. Then again, there’s also the chance that Ruffalo did shoot some scenes, that may not make the final cut of the film, and those are the scenes he is referencing. Anything is possible, but if Hulk does make an appearance after all involved insisted he wouldn’t be included, is it possible that Red Hulk shows up at some point too? These are all questions we’ll have answered in May. Unless another cast member leaks the answers to those.
Empire Magazine also released their cover for Captain America: Civil War, and it’s one that comic book fans are bound to love as it is a recreation of the famous Civil War comic cover.
They also released a separate image teasing the contents of their Civil War spread. We can expect more items to hit, including stills and interviews, at some point next week. (Daredevil fans, you’ll note they mention the series at the top of the cover, chances are this applies to the show as well!)
Captain America: Civil War will hit movie theaters on May 6th, 2016.