Marvel Studios has trained its movie-going audience to stick around after the credits of each of their films. Since 2008's Iron Man launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe, short button sequences during and/or at then end of the credits roll have appeared in every movie to date. And the big movies usually get two.
The one exception to this is Universal's The Incredible Hulk where its special scene featuring a cameo by Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark was inserted into the actual film as a way to fit it in the marketing pre-release. Eight years later, and that favor won't be repaid. There is no Hulk in Captain America: Civil War and that much we already knew. He won't even appear in a post-credits scene although that almost happened.
During production of Captain America: Civil War however, there were reports claiming that Ruffalo was spotted with the cast while the crew was shooting scenes on location in Germany but that wasn't him. These eye-witness reports aren't too accurate since the same thing happened on Guardians of the Galaxy where Zoe Saldana was namedropped in set photos of another woman who had the same color skin. Yes, that happened.
That "Mark Ruffalo" people saw was actually unit publicist John Pisani as confirmed by one of Civil War's co-writers, Stephen McFeely. We've met Pisani on numerous occasions and he does look like Ruffalo, so much so that pranks have been pulled on sets of previous movies with Pisani dressed as Bruce Banner.
Christopher Markus, McFeely's writing partner, explains in the same interview with HuffPo how Ruffalo almost did have a post-credits cameo:
"We can clean that up real quickly. 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.”
The issue of whether or not Bruce Banner would appear in Captain America 3 wasn't helped by both Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. saying he would be. If he was, click here to see who the stars think which team he'd side with in the Civil War conflict.
Fans will have to wait a little longer to find out exactly what happened to Bruce Banner/Hulk after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron where he stole the team's Quinjet and crashed it somewhere far away. Somehow he's going to end up off-world for 2017's Thor: Ragnarok. Until then, enjoy the Hulk vs. Ant-Man Super Bowl commercial.
As for the real post-credits scene(s) attached to Captain America: Civil War there was one attached to the movie at the world premiere this week and at CinemaCon presentation yesterday. There are fan screenings tonight which could reveal another, but there should be at least one more (potentially two more for a total of three) when it opens in theaters for the public.
Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.
Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd and Frank Grillo, with William Hurt and Daniel Brühl.
Anthony & Joe Russo are directing with Kevin Feige producing. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Nate Moore and Stan Lee are the executive producers. The screenplay is by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. Get ready to pick a side and join the nonstop action playing out on two fronts when Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War opens in U.S. theaters on May 6, 2016.
Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018;Ant-Man and the Wasp– July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans– July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.