The other day, Screen Rant covered some updates on the future films in planning at Marvel Studios. This news touched on the future of Ed Norton’s Incredible Hulk, the Avengers movie and more. Today we have a bit of an update on that front for you.
NukeTheFridge is exclusively reporting that Ed Norton is set to have a cameo as both Bruce Banner and Hulk in Iron Man 2. Apparently, they have an inside source feeding them this bit of info, the same source that found out for them a while ago about Stan Lee’s cameo appearance as Larry King in the Iron Man sequel.
At this point, we should take this rumor with a grain of salt. But I will say that this is a pretty awesome rumor.
I made it very clear in our last Avengers discussion how important I believe it is for Marvel to have the Hulk in an appropriate role in the Avengers movie and the fan-reaction was pretty one-sided in their agreement as well on the subject.
From the round table interviews with Marvel President of Production, Kevin Feige, at San Diego Comic-Con, he said there’s a “chance” that we’ll see Hulk in the Avengers film but he didn’t give any confirmation.
Very shortly after this, Ed Norton was present at an HBO panel presentation for By the People: The Election of Barack Obama, produced by the actor and he wasn’t able to escape any questions on his future with Marvel and his involvement with the Avengers. He said the following in response to questions on the Hulk:
“I won’t comment on that, just because they keep a pretty tight reign on what they are letting out. I’ll let them say.”
Maybe I’m just excited at the idea of his return or overly hopeful, but in my mind, all this avoidance of confirmation one way or another means something is brewing. If he wasn’t involved and if they didn’t want him back, that would of been cleared up already, no? Does that mean they’re working out a contract for him, or could it mean they already know he’s a part of it?
Either way, Screen Rant readers seemed pretty uniform in their desire to see Norton back and rightfully so because The Incredible Hulk was a solid movie, Ed Norton’s Bruce Banner was excellent, the movie was made by Marvel Studios with a tie-in to Iron Man and the studio’s shared continuity. And we can’t forget to mention the obvious importance of a flagship character such as the Hulk.
Follow through to Page 2 for what this means for the Avengers movie, and more!
So, what does this mean for the Avengers? If true, Ed Norton could be repaying the favor of Robert Downey Jr. having a cameo in The Incredible Hulk as both Banner and his big green alter ego. This of course would mean he’d have a role in the epic Avengers team-up movie as well. At first, I thought a cameo as Banner made sense but if he’s the Hulk as well, there must be something to it. Why is he angry and who would he be fighting?
Imagine Iron Man duking it out with The Hulk to bring him down back to size to get Banner to join the team? We keep hearing that Iron Man will help lead into Captain America and Thor, and will tie-in to the others as well (Nick Fury, S.H.I.E.L.D., etc.), so is this a way of bringing the Hulk back into the fold leading into the Avengers since we know The Incredible Hulk won’t get a sequel till after the Avengers movie (if it gets one at all).
Woah, crazy right?… Bare with me here. Is it possible that we could see the Hulkbuster armor down the line? Or is that way too far-fetched at this stage? That sure would be an interesting way of recruiting the Hulk or an interesting storyline for future use… and an interesting way to blow the minds of fans everywhere.
Tony Stark’s Movie Universe Hulkbuster Armor will help him go hand-to-hand with The Hulk should the need arise
Realistically though, with the introduction of War Machine, Black Widow and other new characters and armors that we already know about for the second installment of the Iron Man franchise, a plot thread with the Hulk and that armor is way too much – but we can certainly dream.
A cameo of Ed Norton would suffice for me, I want to see him back for more Hulk-Smashing action!
Do you expect Norton to make a cameo in Iron Man 2 and/or the other solo Marvel Studios movies before leading up the Avengers?
Iron Man 2 is set to hit theaters May 10 2010. Avengers opens two summers later, May 4, 2012.
Source: NukeTheFridge, IESB, Hulkbuster Armor image edited from GameNewsi.com