Hulk Confirmed For The Avengers?

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Yesterday, I read online snippets from an SFX Magazine interview with Marvel President of Production Kevin Feige where he talked about Marvel Studios establishing their key characters on their own and how they were fortunate that it worked beautifully for Iron Man, their first self-financed film. This was of course absolutely necessary for the plans of a lead-up to the Avengers movie to be made a reality for Marvel Studios.

In his discussion, Feige continued to explain that once each character is known and bankable on their own to mainstream movie-going audiences, only then can they come together to save the world in what might be one of the most ambitious film projects ever: The Avengers. Better yet, in listing the characters such a project would include, he seemingly confirmed that the Hulk is the fourth Avengers team member. This is something that he hinted at last summer and something I’ve been saying would happen for the last year and a half.

“My only concern is that when we launch a franchise–whichever character’s franchise that may be–it should stand on its own two feet… So by the time ‘The Avengers’ comes in 2012, it’s not just a team superhero movie with a bunch of characters with powers. It’s three people – four including the Hulk; five including Nick Fury – who you’ve seen before in other movies, coming together for the very first time.”

Now, assuming Hulk does appear in The Avengers, to what extent will his role be and will Ed Norton be involved? In my mind, he has to be. Marvel Studios forced in a Tony Stark/Robert Downey Jr. cameo into The Incredible Hulk with good reason and I can’t imagine that being thrown to waste. Hulk is too important with his movie being the second ever Marvel Studios production.

They did a great job with The Incredible Hulk, especially considering what it had to recover from while at the same time paying enough respect to the character’s origins. I don’t know about you, but I really want to see Ed Norton share some scenes with Robert Downey Jr.

MTV caught up with director Louis Leterrier recently who said Norton would definitely be up for more Hulk action if the story was good and fresh. He re-affirms that Norton is a huge fanboy but that he simply wouldn’t want to do the same thing over again with the character.

“It can’t just be ‘Don’t make me angry, you wouldn’t like me when I’m angry… That would be a problem if you do the same thing over and over again. Edward’s never done the same movie twice, so I don’t think he would do that.”

“…I’m sure he would [be back]… He’s a fanboy. He’s as big a fanboy as you and me, maybe even more.”

And for the Hulk fans, there’s still the possibility for The Incredible Hulk 2, but that would have to happen after The Avengers when Marvel Studios hopes to push production up to four films a year instead of two. They have plenty of other characters they want to bring into the live-action film world including Iron Fist, Black Panther and Ant-Man.

Now I wonder if this means that old rumor of Ed Norton appearing in Iron Man 2 (Norton had shot it down) will come to fruition…

What do you think of this?

Source: SFX Magazine (via SHH)

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  1. No. Not in the original “Avengers” comic book line ups. He had cameos on ocassion.

    I never got into the alternative “Ultimate Avengers”. Maybe he was a member in those.

  2. The Incredible Hulk by Louis Letterier was way better than Ang Lee's version which by the way I didn't mind.

    What is it about Directors who are well known for their action films you don't like?

    IMHO Louis Letterier is one of the better Directors out there.

    Maybe he should do REBOOTS of The Fantastic Four and all of the XMEN films.

  3. I really dug the Hulk reboot, it did a Hulk story perfectly without going stupid with the character. I hope Norton and Leterrier get a chance to do a sequel with Marvel Studios hits it big come Avengers.

  4. or 7 including Hawkeye…

    …8 with Ant-Man intro?

  5. Yeap, War Machine was name-dropped to be included to but I don't know to what extent.

    It seems like everything's up in the air and I think they're waiting until the solo flicks show-up until they confirm appearances… even then, we know there will be some surprises :)

  6. True. We know Marvel has a wishlist from what Quesada said not long ago and I have a feeling it's going to be someone pretty big. However, it seems like they may be auditioning unknowns but that may be for other characters and not Cap. Who knows, but like you said, it has to be a screen-stealing actor to present themselves as a figure of authority over such high-stature heroes on screen.

    Exciting times ahead.

    Could it be someone MAJOR like them old Leo Dicaprio rumors?

  7. I wouldn't be surprised to see the intro of Ant-Man and Wasp here and there will likely be War Machine and Black Widow as well.

    I'd like to see Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye too!

  8. If you look at the Marvel movies made so far and the history of the Avengers, here's what's possible:

    Scenario 1: The Avengers = Cap, Iron Man, Thor, Nick Fury. Hulk WILL be a villain based on the ending of TIH (not the cameo by RDJ, but the fact that Banner is out of the life of anyone he cares about and is reveling in his powers).

    Scenario 2: The Avengers = Cap, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Wolverine, Spider-man, and the F4. Villains would in this case have to be the Dr. Doom/Magneto team, or a boot of Onslaught. I don't see this happening as there would be TOO much story to cover and waaaay too much money to make in casting alone; not to mention this would pre-date the Spidey reboot and there haven't been any alluding to Avengers in any of the X-Men/Wolverine movies. But hey… we can hope?

  9. Yeah I can see your point, but what if through some genetic DNA extraction experiment Hank Pym is able to stabilize wasp wings to grow from Janet Van Dyne's

    Surely if we can accept a man's transformation into a werewolf, then a minor protrusion of wings everytime Janet shrinks to wasp size could very well work. :-)

  10. Your scenario 1 probably wouldn't work either because the end of The Incredible Hulk showed Banner controlling the power of the Hulk not being overcome by it. This would make the Hulk a hero and not a villain.

  11. At least you came up with some scenarios though. I like the ideas. Didn't mean to criticize.

  12. Your scenario 1 probably wouldn't work either because the end of The Incredible Hulk showed Banner controlling the power of the Hulk not being overcome by it. This would make the Hulk a hero and not a villain.

  13. At least you came up with some scenarios though. I like the ideas. Didn't mean to criticize.

  14. Norton should totally sign up for this.

  15. Now that it is official… Norton is out and Mark Ruffalo (may be) in… it is a big question mark what this film will look like.