Is it really a surprise that The Incredible Hulk is going to appear in Captain America: Civil War? The third entry in the Captain America franchise is being touted as an ensemble film. Don’t let anything the executives at Marvel say fool you. Civil War is an unofficial Avengers film. You could even say the feature is an unofficial fourth film in the Iron Man series. Regardless of how you try and categorize the project, Marvel is putting as many heroes as possible into the mix. The inclusion of Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk should surprise no one.
How big of a role with The Hulk have? This we do not know yet. The Green Goliath is likely to be placed into a supporting role since The Hulk was not a major character in the Civil War comic book mini-series Marvel put out a decade or so ago.
Of course, the Marvel Cinematic Universe does consistently make changes from the source material the films are based on. Audiences were left with a ton of questions regarding what lies in store for the future of The Hulk after the conclusion of Avengers: Age of Ultron. The presence of The Hulk in Civil War should answer some of those questions.
Unfortunately, due to rights issues with Universal, we are not going to see a solo Hulk film in the foreseeable future. Handy workers are a little disappointed. Marvel can use The Hulk for ensemble films, which is why plugging him into Civil War is so easy.