Captain America cut from Hulk
After the story I wrote this morning about Hulk apparently having some seventy minutes cut from it and the director reported Captain America scene missing from the previews, Louis Leterrier has come clean about the film and reported that the cameo has indeed been removed.
It seems that the scene he specifically appears in was cut as it was a little dark for teenage audiences. Yes, Hulk is being made kid friendly, and that could explain both Edward Norton's annoyance at the first cut and the announced seventy minutes of removed footage.
If you don't want to read about the scene where Captain America appears and what Bruce Banner is up to at the time then I would suggest you look away from the screen now...
SOS Hollywood interviewed Louis Leterrier and managed to get the truth out of him. Not only does he talk about the appearance of Captain America but he describes an entire scene which would look as though it represents a strong emotional turning point for the character, possibly assisted by Captain America himself:
"There’s a point when Bruce Banner gives up on his quest for the cure and decide to kill himself. So he travels far North and reaches the Arctic Circle. You might have seen bits of it in some of the promos. The result was a very dark and strong scene, which Marvel, me and everyone else’s considered to be too hard to young audiences to take, so we’ve cut it. Having that said, when Bruce arrives at his destination he meets up with Captain America! At some point this week, we will make it available on the internet – but I cannot tell you where or when – and the material will definitely be on the DVD."
Now it's just conjecture at this moment, but it does sound as though he goes there intending to kill himself and Captain America appears to turn him round, perhaps to tell him that Hulk could serve some good after all...who knows, it looks like we'll have to wait until the DVD for the full story, but we might also catch The Incredible Hulk Captain America reveal on the internet in the coming few days, if Leterrier has anything to do with it.
That scene aside, they've obviously cut scenes from the Hulk to make it more "young audience" friendly, and if there's a story that does not need watered down it's The Incredible Hulk. Still, this does raise a lot more excitement and interest in the uncut version of the film surely.