According to Den of Geek, Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier has been letting all the beans spill from Marvel's bag of tricks concerning the cast of the Avengers movie, as well as the current state of Iron Man 2. Is the Frenchman giving us fact, or just more fiction? I'll let you be the judge of that.
The DoG source, who spoke to Leterrier during Marvel Night at the Grand Rex in Paris earlier this month, states that the director confirmed to him that Iron Man 2 is currently underway, with a script being written by director Jon Favreau and star Robert Downey Jr. If that's true, it's a relief to know that after all those rumors of major turmoil behind the scenes over at Marvel, Ol' Shell-head is back safe in the hands of the men who made him a hit in the first place. (Does that mean that Tropic of Thunder writer Justin Theroux isn't handling the script as rumored?
The DoG source also claims that Leterrier hinted that a previously unseen Avengers character will be making a cameo appearance in Iron Man 2, a la Sam Jackson's Nick Fury appearance at the end of Iron Man. Could we see one of the A-list stars Marvel is said to be courting for the roles of both Captain America and Thor? Only time and the rumor-mill will tell.
Finally, the big drop: the DoG source, via Leterrier, confirms that Ed Norton, Robert Downey Jr., Sam Jackson and the rest of the A-list cast filling out Cap and Thor's tights will all be on board to bring Avengers to the big screen in 2011! (Oh lord, let your glory be great that such a fantasy might become reality!)
Again, these source of a source type deals can only be taken with a LARGE grain of salt. However, who wants to play the pessimist in this case? I sure don't. With Comic Con '08 set to get underway, perhaps Marvel will get fan fervor going and make an official announcement regarding all these rumors. Keep your eyes posted on the Con, and while you wait for the good news, take a minute to rant back to us with your thoughts.
Iron Man 2 and Thor are still set for 2010 release; The First Avenger: Captain America and The Avengers are both slated for 2011 release.
Source: Den of Geek