Russos Reveal ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Could Have Included Red Hulk and The Madbomb

Aug 26, 2016


The Russo Brothers are about to begin shooting Avengers: Infinity War this fall and are revealing a couple of things that didn’t make the cut into Captain America: Civil War.

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There had been rumors during production that William Hurt‘s Secretary Ross would become Red Hulk and according to Joe (via Comic Book) he was considered for a hot-moment. He also mentions almost giving Tom Holland‘s Spider-Man the Iron Spider suit.

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.


Another thing that almost made the film is the madbomb from the 1976 Captain America comics, it would have been apart of third act if they weren’t able to do Civil War with Robert Downey Jr.

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As they told EW a failsafe plan would include the madbomb, an A-bomb-like device that came in different sizes and used sonic waves instead of radiation blasts to cause its devastation. It didn’t demolish buildings – it wrecked the minds of everyone in proximity, turning them into a mindless zombie mass, although its victims were still alive and just violently out of their minds rather than undead.

“It was not a given that we were even going to do Civil War when we were talking about the next movie after Winter Soldier. So there was a period of time when we explored possibilities for Cap stories that did not include it,” Joe Russo says. “We spent a few weeks doing that, although Civil War came up fairly early in the process and once that happened it took over our brains and we ran hard at it.”

“There was a period where we did discuss a third act that revolved around the Madbomb from Cap mythology,” Anthony Russo said. “It didn’t have anything to do with Civil War, and if we couldn’t get Downey – in the very, very early conversations before we nailed him – somebody pitched the idea of a third-act that revolved around the Madbomb, which makes people crazy. It almost like zombifies them – but not literally.”

“The charm of the Madbomb is that you turn hordes of people into berserkers,” Anthony said. “That was the physical challenge that Cap and company would have had to face.”

It’ll be interesting to see if these elements will eventually make their way into future films.

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