Captain America: Civil War was an unprecedented gathering of super-forces which even its predecessor Avengers: Age of Ultron couldn’t match. Before bringing together the awesome assemblage of superheroes, directors Joe and Anthony Russo had to pick and choose from Marvel’s sizeable stable of characters – no easy task, since everyone has a cherished champion they want to see in action.
Recently, the Russo Brothers spoke with Comic Book about two fan favorites – or more so, a character and a super-suit – who almost made the grade. At one point, in addition to the missing Wasp, the directors say the irate version of Thaddeus Ross (William Hurt), or Red Hulk, as well as Spidey's Iron Spider armor were included in the story. Joe Russo explains the absence of the crimson gamma bomb:
“We had so many characters in that movie as it was. We consider everything, obviously, but with so many characters in that movie as it was to try and entertain adding another character and to get to the Red Hulk, you have to add a back story. You have to substantiate the narrative to get to that. [Thaddeus Ross], on our list of priorities, he was there sort of as the government's agenda and not to add another complicated super powered character to the mix.”
It's certainly understandable that the Russo Brothers were concerned about adding yet another layer to an already complex plot. Nevertheless, fans who caught Ross’s name on the Civil War cast list might have been disappointed at the angry red one’s absence. Joe Russo says, though, there’s still a possibility he could drop by the MCU:
“We had a board when we started this process of the movies with these Avengers characters that have ever graced the screen in a Marvel film and a list of characters that we have at our disposal that haven't graced the screen. We spent the last six to eight months crafting stories around the cornucopia of characters at our disposal so anything is possible.”
Similarly, with an abundance of rumors speculating that Spidey was getting a gear-upgrade from Tony Stark, some comic devotees assumed the Iron Spider would make an appearance as well, especially after the super-suit played a role in Civil War’s comic book namesake. Much like the Hulk’s red counterpart, though, the super suit probably sounded like too much to insert into the overstuffed film. However, Russo also doesn't discount the possibility of Spidey donning the Stark-powered armor in future, saying “that falls in that category of anything's possible. We consider everything."
While it’s disappointing that the Red Hulk wasn't a part of the action, it’s also understandable. The presence of "Thunderbolt" Ross’ omega-level superhero, much like that of his emerald counterpart, would not only shift the film’s dynamic but unbalance whichever team he was loosely affiliated with. Spider-Man’s too-sweet armor would have been rather helpful under the circumstances, but his Stark-powered equipment was already pretty spectacular. More so, the directors may have shied away from the Iron Spider getup because it focused more attention on the super suit than on Peter Parker’s triumphant homecoming to the MCU.
Still, Marvel seems to have left the door wide-open for the armor and the big red one’s entry to the Marvel fray. Iron Spider could make his first appearance in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming – especially if the Web Head gets some additional mentoring from Mr. Stark against his multiple menaces. And while varying from the comic book backstory, perhaps the galactic-level threat of Avengers: Infinity War will push a desperate General Ross to become one of the things he most hates.
The real question is, can the MCU handle two Hulks and an Iron Spider? We'd certainly like to think so.
Captain America: Civil War will be available on VOD September 2, 2016, and DVD/Blu-ray on September 13, 2016.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
Source: Comic Book