At the beginning of August, rumors surfaced about Ed Norton that said he might be making one wish of many Marvel fans come true in having an appearance in Iron Man 2 as Bruce Banner and possibly The Hulk.
This would have confirmed Norton’s involvement in Marvel’s upcoming slate of films and Hulk’s position on the roster of heroes in The Avengers.
Unfortunately, Norton doesn’t seem to know much about that nor does he have that much to say about it…
MTV News caught up with Ed Norton at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and asked him about the rumor and if he’ll be in Iron Man 2.
“I heard that. I don’t know where that’s coming from… I am not in ‘Iron Man 2′ to my knowledge.”
Maybe he just doesn’t know yet…
Damn. That sounds like a big “no” but if he was, I doubt he’d be allowed to talk about it yet. Every time I think about this, I wonder how he couldn’t be in The Avengers or have a cameo in IM2. Robert Downey Jr. had a cameo in his Hulk movie after all – He’s gotta repay the favor!
On that note, we will get to see at least one hero make a cameo and that’s likely Chris Hemsworth who’s of course playing Thor. He and Downey have screentested together and all the upcoming movies will likely have the other main characters make an appearance, building toward their epic team-up.
On the other hand, I wonder if Mr. Norton really wants to be a part of Marvel’s future after the little issues surrounding the production of The Incredible Hulk. He didn’t seem to enthused about the idea of The Avengers when asked about it last summer (actuallly, a year ago yesterday). Here’s what he said back then on the topic:
“The minds of Marvel are sometimes opaque,”
“I won’t say [they're] obtuse, but I don’t have any idea what they want to do.”
“They’ve got this notion of collecting the Marvel characters”
“Who knows where they’ll go?”
That didn’t sound promising at all, at the time, but since then, things haven’t sounded so gloom with all the speculation about a Hulk sequel and his possible appearances in the other Marvel films.
The Incredible Hulk director, Louis Letterier, said himself that Hulk and Norton would be a part of The Avengers last July, prior to Ed saying the above. Since then, no one’s been able to confirm or deny his involvement and Marvel President of Production, Kevin Feige has only said there’s a chance he’ll be in The Avengers. It’s pretty confusing and I’m surprised that they’ve not decided one way or another or have been able to work something out with Norton (if that’s even the issue).
That being said, Ed’s good at keeping a tight-lip. The last we heard from him on this was the following response during an HBO panel presentation for By the People: The Election of Barack Obama, for which Norton produced.
“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.”
Say what, Ed?
I’m eager to find out more casting news for the upcoming films. With Thor laying down announcements for its main cast members, Captain America should follow soon as it’s scheduled to release the same summer. By then, we should expect some confirmations on who’s contracted and/or written in for The Avengers movie.
I wonder then if he could just be saying that as a cover? That would be epic… Or am I just getting my hopes up?
Do you think Norton should play Banner again and that Hulk should be in The Avengers?
For worried Hulk fans, Louis Leterrier is interested again in making The Incredible Hulk 2 and with Disney’s resources, hopefully they’ll push more films into production at Marvel Studios to make that happen at least. For fun, check out Louis Leterrier’s idea for a set of Avengers films if you haven’t already – it makes for some wishful thinking.
Count on Screen Rant to let you know the latest as it happens.
Iron Man 2 opens May 7, 2010 and The Avengers is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012.
Source: MTV Splashpage