urx unit loader Bruce Banner out of Civil War to keep Hulks fate a secret
Mark Ruffalo

When last we saw Hulk at the end of “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” he was once again getting in touch with his inner Bill Bixby — walking away by himself, destined to be alone with his monstrous burden. But with the Marvel Universe soon launching a third Captain America film — with the Avengers unaware of the big green guy’s whereabouts — Mark Ruffalo is saying that Hulk is going to sit the next movie out.

“He’s still missing, and it’s not known where,” the actor explains to the Italian website badtaste.it in loosely-translated comments. “I thought that I would be in [‘Captain America: Civil War’], but in the end Marvel evidently believes the reveal of what happened to Hulk is something too big.”

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Scheduled for release next May, “Civil War” is not only the third proper Cap film, but also a flick that features so many Avengers actors that it might as well be considered an unofficial “Avengers 3.” Among the rumored cast, in addition to Captain America himself (Chris Evans), are Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Emily Van Camp (Agent 13), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Paul Bettany (Vision), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) and Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch). And oh yeah, some guy named Spider-Man (Tom Holland) as well.

With such a big crew, Ruffalo explains, there was simply not enough room to properly explain where Hulk has been hiding.

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“Marvel wants to use this information later,” explains the actor, who was interviewed by Bad Taste while doing press for “Spotlight,” his upcoming drama. “[Hulk] had been inserted in the script, but then it was taken away.”

Then, hopefully just joking to mess with the minds of super-fans, Ruffalo says that he’s not even sure he’ll ever play Bruce Banner again. “Who knows, maybe Hulk will never return,” he reasons. “However, they want to keep the revelation of what happened a secret, because it is something really big.”