Trust Disney and Marvel to showcase the biggest of the bunch during last night’s Super Bowl promotional ad – and we’re not just talking in terms of production budget. Unleashing Bruce Banner’s barnstorming alter-ego, the studio’s promo for Captain America: Civil War – and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in general, really – features Hulk and Ant-Man duking it out over a can of Coke.
Coke Mini, to be exact, allowing for Paul Rudd’s diminutive superhero to leap into Banner’s lab and sneakily extract the precious soft drink. It just so happens to be Bruce’s last can and, well, you know what he says about always being angry.
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A fun slice of fan service, it’s worth bearing in mind that Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk isn’t set to appear in May’s Captain America: Civil War. Last seen careering off the radar in a S.H.I.E.L.D. Quinjet, Marvel’s Powers That Be have brought Bruce Banner and his raging alter-ego forward into 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok. Here, he’ll have a much more prominent role opposite Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder – also absent in Civil War – for a threequel that is shaping up to be more and more like a space-faring road movie by the day.
It was by no means the only Marvel promo to light up the interwebs late last night, with a brooding new TV spot for Captain America: Civil War dividing Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in a way Ultron could have only dreamed.
Joe and Anthony Russo’s threequel opens in theaters on May 6.