Producer talks Hulk 2
Gale Anne Hurd has produced some big films, including the Terminator films, Aliens and The Abyss. She also produced Ang Lee's Hulk, and the recent Edward Norton film.
She has been talking about a sequel to The Incredible Hulk, and the likely hood of Edward Norton returning. I'm wondering how The Avengers fits into this.
Following Marvel's reboot of The Incredible Hulk (Filmstalker review) this year, news has been sparse on plans for a sequel. Edward Norton himself seemed a little confused as to what was happening. Now Gale Anne Hurd has been talking about what the future plans are, and she wants a sequel with Norton starring. She spoke to MTV, through Super Hero Hype.
It's all going to depend on the screenplay and where his character goes in any sequel, because he does have a multiple-picture deal. [Norton's situation] is the same with every franchise like this, when you have one of the top actors of his generation
Norton recently said he was waiting for news from Marvel on what the future was. But Gale Anne Hurd thinks Hulk will make an appearance in The Avengers before any sequel.
Next, he's likely to appear in an 'Avengers' movie, but that's completely up to Marvel. It's wonderful that Marvel now controls so many of their own characters, and they can create a Marvel universe in film and populate it with so many of their characters who naturally exist together. I think an 'Avengers' film is a very exciting prospect.
You have to wonder what The Avengers film will mean for any Hulk sequel. Iron Man will already have had two films by that point. But the pointers to a sequel of The Incredible Hulk film will have gone nowhere. Having already rebooted it pretty successfully, could The Avengers send Hulk in another direction entirely? Hurd isn't thinking about The Avengers, but has plans for an Incredible Hulk sequel. And the villain will probably be someone we saw in the first:
It would be a blast [to put the Leader in the sequel], and Tim Blake Nelson is tremendous and a very talented filmmaker in his own right...When I think of all the many, many, many villains in the Hulk universe, we've now done the Abomination, so wouldn't it be great to tackle the Leader? It's a completely different type of cerebral villain, which would give the movie a terrific new take on the character.
No surprise considering events in the first film. And Hurd says she is willing to wait for another Hulk film post Avengers. It will be interesting to see if Hulk appears in The Avengers. I'd be surprised if he didn't, but at the same time where will they go from there? Can they have a sequel that continues on from The Incredible Hulk? Could Marvel be shooting themselves in the foot with The Avengers? Where will Hulk go afterwards?