Jon Favreau Says The Hulk is in The Avengers

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:27 pm,

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Marvel is having a really tough time controlling how comic book movie fans receive information regarding their upcoming films. First was the way they handled the ridiculous casting rumors surrounding Captain America. Then there was the Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye rumor that was dropped then reported as untrue, then later “leaked” as true. People are still trying to figure that one out.

Now they seem to be having the same rumor mill control problem regarding which members may or may not turn up in the forthcoming The Avengers film, specifically whether The Hulk will making a smashing appearance. Edward Norton has already said he would be available to play Dr. Bruce Banner again if called upon but that Marvel hasn’t made the commitment to having The Hulk in The Avengers.

Well, Iron Man director Jon Favreau was recently on the radio program The Kevin & Bean Show and let loose with this little quip:

“It’s going to be very interesting to see how the Marvel Universe branches off and all of those movies are going to be taken into account for The Avengers in 2 years. I’m not sure where The Avengers goes; there is no shooting draft yet. It’s going to be a big undertaking for Marvel to actually incorporate what happened in Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America, The Hulk. All of that has to inform one unified vision for The Avengers.”

So are we to now assume that fans can expect to see Big Green throwing his weight around in the summer of 2012 screaming, “HULK SMASH!”? With a director like Favreau, who has a great working relationship with Marvel Studios, dropping the name like The Hulk in an interview, I would hope it would be true. Then again, it could have just been an offhand remark where he tossed in every Marvel Studios superhero movie title character that has been or will be made by 2012. You can listen to the podcast at The Kevin & Bean Show if you want to hear for yourself. The comment above can be found at around mark 5:45.

Time will tell if Favreau was speaking with some “know” on the subject but one thing he was definite about – there will be no appearance of Iron Man in either of the Thor or Captain America movies.  Says Favreau:

“[Iron Man] is not in Thor; he’s not in Cap. Which are the two movies for next summer [2011].”

At least we now know who NOT to look for next year and it would seem that we can expect to see The Hulk join their ranks as well. That is until Marvel disavows all knowledge of Favreau’s  comment and pretends like they are sitting on a government secret or the secret formula that turns water into fuel.

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What are your impressions on Jon Favreau’s comments regarding The Hulk in The Avengers?

Thor slams his hammer in theaters May 5th, 2011. Captain America: The First Avenger slings his shield July 22nd, 2011. The Avengers team up May 4th, 2012.

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  1. Im sure Hulk will be in The Avengers, due to his previous solo film and news surrounding the character. The question would be if Edward Norton will reprise his role or not. Hulk being played out as bad guy for awhile interested him to return but other than that he could stall and change his mind. Hopefully he joins the cast not just for The Avengers but id like to see him return for a possible sequel to the Incredible Hulk since i enjoyed that Hulk movie more than Eric Bana’s version.

    • Edward Norton took the character and made it a great movie my worry is how will the hulk work in the movie can they actually put him with the other characters and make them realistically collaborate as teammates the hulk would completely over shadow the others

  2. As far as I know Marvel Studios President, Kevin Feige, has confirmed that The Hulk would appear in “The Avengers”. Also, Lou Ferrigno, the voice of Hulk in “The Incredible Hulk”, stated that he would be involved in the movie (of course as the voice once again). Edward Norton? I hope he’ll return.

  3. I suppose your referring to the Collider interview back in April?
    Well that’s all well and good additionally though news nets have been reporting that Norton is “ambivalent” about reprising his role. Some reporters and critics assert that financially both “IH” and “Hulk” were flops.
    Kevin Feige has also said on the Ed Norton issue: ” I think there’s a chance, (whether he would reprise his role?) its our intention to use the same actors from film to film WHERE WE CAN” (emphasis is mine). So there you have it. It’s up to whatever negotiations have to be done and the events that transpire. Is it worth doing a story without Banner or someone else playing Banner? If a Norton deal isn’t possible does damage control relegate the Hulk to a minor role? Well if not, then maybe what we have here is a movie about capturing and reconciling the Hulk to the idea of cooperating. Sort of art imitating life, after all Norton isn’t committed either…

    Quote is through “SFX” but could have been a canned interview with Feige that was disseminated. Every supposed source I read refers it to another source interview…

    • Ahh I guess “Superherohype” did the original interview I’m referring to…

    • I hope not i enjoy the Hulk in hte movies.

  4. If Edward Norton can’t / won’t return as Bruce Banner, the powers-that-be can always return to Eric Bana! :)

    However, I still would prever Edward Norton in order to keep with current continuity,

  5. the avengers is not the avengers without the HULK!