It was a surprise when the cast list for Captain America: Civil War was released and on it was none other than William Hurt. The venerated actor played General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, but like all things related to that early Marvel Studios misstep, it seemed as though the powers that be were doing their best to mitigate everything that had to do with that movie (including its original star Edward Norton). But Hurt will be play some kind of role in Civil War, the jam-packed kick-off to the next phase of Marvel movies, and may people are wondering if that role includes Ross’ comic book fate as well? Well Hurt was recently asked about both topics, but don’t worry, no real spoilers to be found here.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Hurt was asked about his involvement in Civil War. “It’s very different from the Hulk.The style is completely modernized,” he explained. “So I’m not playing the graphic novel version of Thaddeus Ross.”
The exact meaning of “the graphic novel version” of Ross isn’t exactly clear, but perhaps it simply means that Ross isn’t his normal Hulk-obsessed self. Perhaps he’s being driven with a new purpose, like bringing all the world’s superheroes in line and registered. But if Ross isn’t following the same course as the comic books in the upcoming Civil War movie, does that mean he’s not going to get the chance to Hulk out himself as Red Hulk?
“I don’t know. I wouldn’t mind feeling like I had that much power,” he said on the subject. “But I created Thaddeus’ ego with the same size as the monster’s. With the same degree of messed up-ness. I’d take a shot at it.”
That’s not a 100 per cent denial, but it’s pretty close. When it was mentioned last week by Mark Ruffalo himself that he was told by Robert Downey Jr. that Hulk was going to appear in Civil War, fans started speculating if the participation of both Hurt and Ruffalo meant a Red Vs Green showdown in the movie. That seems like a lot to throw into what’s supposed to be a Captain America movie, but Ruffalo’s involvement has yet to be officially confirmed, and Hurt seems to have ruled out the possibility of a Red Hulk appearance (for now).
Captain America: Civil War is filming now for a May 6, 2016 release date.