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. Anthony Mackie led us to believe that he might be appearing in the film, even if just in the post-credits scene, with a small slip-up in an early interview. And we even listed The Hulk as one of our 5 Post-Credit Scenes earlier today, hoping that perhaps they’d managed to film a post credits scene with Ruffalo at some point or another. After all, there is some mystery surrounding the Hulk’s future after Avengers: Age of Ultron, but that mystery, according to the writers behind Civil War, is exactly why he doesn’t make an appearance in Captain America: Civil War.

“We can clean that up real quickly,” said Markus. “Mark Ruffalo shot no scenes. We talked about having Bruce Banner at the very end of the film, and it just, again, seemed like we’re sticking people in just to stick them in. He has clearly gone somewhere at the end of ‘Ultron,’ and that’s a story. Don’t blow it off and put it in a little tiny chunk just to put in a little extra filigree on our movie. That’s a story.”

McFeely added, “There was a draft with a stinger of him in it. But that was long ago, and reports of him actually filming stuff — the unit publicist on the movies [John M. Pisani] looks a lot like Ruffalo, so when people say, ‘Hey, he’s in Berlin dancing with Anthony Mackie,’ it’s John Pisani. It’s not Ruffalo.”

This is similar to the news earlier today about The Wasp being cut from the film so that her story can be told in it’s entirety as it needs to be told. McFeely added that The Wasp was once considered to be recruited for Civil War, but they didn’t want to steal somebody else’s enjoyment.

“We certainly had a draft where both Ant-Man and Wasp were recruited, but when they come in, that’s a lot of story there, and you can’t just let Paul Rudd do what we need him to do in that section, which is look at it from wide open innocent eyes and appreciate the Avengers from the outside, which gets you comic relief beat after beat after beat. Spider-Man’s similar, right? Because these people have an investment, and these two new people don’t. It’s not that Wasp wouldn’t also have that opinion maybe, but we have not seen her be a hero at all, so that’s an example of where we think we’d be drinking someone’s milkshake,” said McFeely.

“Let’s let the ‘Ant-Man’ franchise show her come to her full fruition as opposed to just doing it offscreen,” he added.

It sounds like Marvel has some intense story lines in mind for The Hulk and The Wasp, which we will see, in time. For now, we can catch the characters that are appearing, which include a lot of familiar faces, in Captain America: Civil War, on May 6.

Source: Huffington Post