Everyone knows that when it comes to comic book movies, studios sign multi-picture contracts with their talent with the hope they can make sequels and retain their cast at affordable rates. To no surprise then, actor Tim Blake Nelson who played a key role in The Incredible Hulk has a deal in place that could bring him back for The Incredible Hulk 2.
The only issue then is that there may not be another Hulk solo film for quite sometime. The Incredible Hulk banked similar box office results compared to its Ang Lee-directed predecessor and earned fairly positive reviews, but it didn't bring in the Iron Man money some hoped it could. After Ed Norton parted ways with Marvel Studios and was replaced my Mark Ruffalo for the character's appearance in The Avengers, one would expect that there's no need for The Incredible Hulk 2, especially since the studio's new TV division recently announced a new live-action Hulk television series.
The Playlist had the chance to speak with Tim Blake Nelson recently where he was asked a question we already knew the answer to from 2008, but his answer talks about where he sees the potential for another Hulk movie happening and his involvement.
“I am, but it’s a question as to whether they’ll make more movies, which was the [original] intention, or whether they’ll take a fresh start with the villains, since they switched Bruce Banner to Mark Ruffalo. I certainly very much want to return as the Leader and I hope they’ll have me. The intention was that I would come back, which is why my head starts to, um, bubble, at the end. It’s just a question as to whether a) they’re going to make more Hulk movies, and b) because of Ruffalo, if they’re going to use me again.”
As moviegoers and fans will no doubt remember, Nelson's character (Dr. Samuel Sterns) in The Incredible Hulk laid the foundation for what would likely be the next Hulk villain. Towards the end of the movie, Sterns can be seen with his head undergoing a bit of a physical transformation into the cerebral villain as his head bubbles out.
Whether or not Disney and Marvel Studios will make a new Hulk movie in the near future is unlikely as they attempt to put effort towards introducing more characters from their vast library, especially considering Bruce Banner will have plenty of screen time with his upcoming TV series. Mark Ruffalo said it's a possibility that there will be another Hulk movie down the road, but it's highly dependent on the success of The Avengers.
If they do, I think fans would love to see The Leader as the primary villain. A villain of intelligence rather than muscle allows Bruce Banner/Hulk to develop more, mastering control of his emotions and offers something a little different than the usual "Hulk Smash!" If that's the case, bring back Tim Blake Nelson.
Source: The Playlist