Edward Norton spoke exclusively with MTV at the Toronto International Film Festival where the actor is promoting his film, Leaves of Grass, and without surprise the topic of Hulk came up yet again.
The last we heard from Norton was a few days ago when he Hulk-Smashed the Iron Man 2 rumors about him appearing in the film in a cameo role to much disappointment of fans. Now he’s back on the positive band-wagon discussing the role of Hulk in The Avengers and what that may entail…
Will he appear in The Avengers? Will Hulk be a villain or hero? Read on for the details…
In the interview, Norton was flat-out asked if he could see Hulk appear in The Avengers to duke it out with Thor, Cap and Iron Man.
“In the comics, there was always a tension between the rest of the superhero community and he was always this problem… They treated him as this problem”
“I think that’s a fun way to go with it”
He knows the comics and he’s passionate about the work he does. We can easily see that with his history and some of the issues surrounding the production of The Incredible Hulk involving different perspectives on how the movie should play out. Either way, the movie was great and Norton was perfect as Banner.
I want to see him play the character again in The Avengers and also in The Incredible Hulk 2 down the road, although I’ve never been a fan of the Hulk-as-a-villain idea and it seems like a big waste to me. The abomination almost took him down, why do they need The Avengers to? How is Captain America going to fight one-on-one with The Hulk on screen?
The conflict surrounding the character which Norton points out could play an interesting factor of the story, but him as the central villain is a weak idea – let Banner be a hero as part of the team. I’d love to see Norton on screen with Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth and [insert Captain America actor here].
The villain has to be someone (or something) bigger – not physically, I mean in terms of the story.
Why can’t we get some confirmation on the future of Hulk? No one will ever let this go and will continue to ask Norton at every single press event until we get some info…
Even though Norton said he knows nothing about an appearance in Iron Man 2, I still hold a glimmer of hope that it could happen. That would sure bring a big pile of love for Norton and Marvel Studios from the fans. Like I said before, it’s only fair considering RDJ appeared in film.
As for Hulk-centric stuff in the upcoming Marvel flicks, I think it’s almost a certainty The Hulk will appear in some fashion in The Avengers. The only question is what role he’ll have and whether or not we get to see Ed Norton as Banner as well.
There’s also the interesting fact that Tim Roth has a three-picture deal with Marvel, meaning there was some talk or a plan of him partaking in two more films – one of them possibly being The Avengers.
It’s reasonable to assume The Avengers won’t be about just one bad guy – It could involve villains from all of the hero solo films before it, so I could see The Abomination as one grunt of the battle with a Mandarin/Loki-esque superior calling the shots behind the scenes.
Tim Roth played coy in his responses on that, much like Norton and Marvel President of Production, Kevin Feige, usually do on the subject. It’ll be refreshing to get some confirmations and see what they’re planning, but at the same time it’s exciting to think of the possibilities.
What would you like to see from Marvel Studios with the big green man and Ed Norton?
If you’d like to see the region-restricted video interview, head over to MTV.
As soon as we hear more on Hulk’s future, we’ll let you know, because we’re dying to know too.
The Avengers are scheduled to save the day May 4, 2012.