The following article contains spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

If you were hoping to see Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner in Captain America: Civil War, then prepare for bad news. According to Ruffalo, he was originally included in the script for Civil War, but after careful consideration from Marvel, Hulk was ultimately cut from the finished draft.

“The reason is too great to be revealed in this movie. I was in the script, but then they removed my character. They don’t want to reveal where is he and why. I don’t even know if Hulk will be back soon.” 

Following the events of Age of Ultron, Bruce Banner opted for self-exile after failing to control his inner beast. When we last saw him, Dr. Banner was in a Quinjet flying off to an unknown location. I think it’s a safe bet that Banner and his alter ego will be back in time for Infinity War.

To be fair, Civil War is already rammed with superheroes and returning characters, in addition to Captain America and Iron Man we can a massive line-up of co-stars. We can expect appearances from The Vision (Paul Bettany), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Crossbones (Frank Grillo), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). 

The list doesn’t stop there; we'll be seeing Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) again, there's the return of William Hurt as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt and the debut of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. Oh, and don't forget about Martin Freeman’s secretive role, plus Baron Zemo played by Daniel Brühl. 

I can’t help but feel somewhat disappointed that we won’t be seeing Ruffalo in Civil War, but I can understand why he is being left out of the party. The roster of superheroes is already daunting enough, and we can all agree the Ultron struggled to give all the characters enough screentime. Civil War finds Tony Stark, and Steve Rogers have a major falling out over a new piece of government legislation to regulate superheroes. 

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Captain America: Civil War arrives in UK cinemas on April 29, 2016.