The people behind the upcoming superhero brawler "Captain America: Civil War" had considered including a beloved Marvel character in the film's post-credits scene, but ultimately decided to leave him out.
In a recent chat with The Huffington Post, "Civil War" writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely said that Bruce Banner/the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) was in an early draft of the post-credits scene but that he never shot any scenes (even the post-credits ones) for the hotly anticipated Marvel film.
Markus and McFeely's statement came after months of speculation regarding the possibility of the Hulk, who isn't involved in the "Civil War" conflict, somehow making an appearance in the third stand-alone "Captain America" film. In previous months, reports have cropped up that Ruffalo was seen on the "Civil War" set and that Robert Downey, Jr., who plays Tony Stark/Iron Man, had asked the actor to join the film. Earlier this year, a random slip-up by Antony Mackie, who plays Sam Wilson/Falcon, was taken as confirmation that Ruffalo will, indeed, be in "Civil War."
"Mark Ruffalo shot no scenes," Markus told HuffPost. "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."
"There was a draft with a stinger of him in it," McFeely added. Other than that, the "Civil War" co-writer said that Ruffalo had no involvement in the film and that those who claimed to have spotted the actor on the "Civil War" set may have mistakenly taken unit publicist John M. Pisani for Ruffalo. According to McFeely, Pisani closely resembles the actor.
Markus and McFeely also cleared up the rumors that the "Civil War" filmmakers had shot three different death scenes/endings for the upcoming film.
In an interview with Uproxx, McFeely said, "No, I saw that on the internet and that's crap."
"This is very much the movie we've always intended on where we wanted to stand and where we wanted to leave it," Markus added.
"Captain America: Civil War" hits theaters May 6.