Hulk Sets Up Avengers
Gale Anne Hurd and Kevin Feige, producers of the upcoming reboot of The Incredible Hulk, told SCI FI Wire that elements in the film lay the clear groundwork for a film adaptation of Marvel's character crossover saga The Avengers.
"It's nice to be able to let things evolve, and we set things up with this film," Hurd said in an interview last week at New York Comic Con. "We have Tim Blake Nelson playing Dr. Samuel Sterns, and anyone who is a fan of the comic books knows that Samuel Sterns turns into the Leader, so there is an opportunity to explore that. It's in this film, but for people who aren't aware of that, it's not confusing."
At The Incredible Hulk panel at New York Comic Con, the filmmakers also confirmed rumors that Robert Downey Jr., who stars in Marvel's Iron Man, may appear in Hulk; they showed a scene between William Hurt's Gen. Ross and Downey's Tony Stark at a bar.
With the announcement in 2005 that Marvel Studios would produce their own films based on their comic-book properties, it opened up the door for Marvel character crossovers, which is the premise of The Avengers. "I can definitely say that part of the fun of doing all these characters in-house now, the ones we have the rights to, is all about being able to bring something that has never been on screen before, which is the Marvel Universe, " Feige said. "Any comic book reader knows that you can flip through any given issue of a comic and not know who to expect popping into a panel. That's part of the fun of what Stan [Lee] and Jack [Kirby] did so many years ago, by intertwining these characters. We haven't had that ability until now."
Marvel Studios currently has Zak Penn attached as the writer for The Avengers, which is slated for a 2010 release. The Incredible Hulk opens June 13. --Tara Bennett
Edited by Georgia, 23 April 2012 - 13:07.