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!