Hulk sequel gets villain
It’s interesting that the Hulk re-imagining didn’t perform as well as the hype had led us to believe it would, a complete revist, just what the fans wanted, and created by fans themselves. There was even some friction gossip between Louis Leterrier, Edward Norton and the studio, with the talent standing up and fighting for their version of the story.
However none of this had the desired result and The Incredible Hulk (Filmstalker review) wasn’t the Hulk smash success people had expected. So news of a sequel seems somewhat premature and rather hopeful, and yet they’re doing just that.
The word is that Tim Blake Nelson, who played Dr. Samuel Sterns, is to be the next villain of the piece, having last seen being infected by Bruce Banner’s blood and with some strange and startling results.
That’s according to the actor himself through MTV and Cinema Blend, however the news is far from concrete. Nelson reveals that his contract has him up for three sequels, which is actually something that is done with many actors who are appearing in a potential franchise with the chance of their character returning.
Nelson’s character, Dr. Samuel Sterns, seems set to become The Leader, if the franchise continues, and he’s been secured for the next two films just in case.
“Well, I’m signed on to do Hulk 2 and 3 whether Edward’s there or not, so it’s not even up to me. When I agreed to do Hulk, I signed off for two sequels, so it’s a moot question. I certainly hope Edward is on the sequel — but that’s up to Marvel and Edward.”
What’s interesting about this is that without any official word, Edward Norton and Tim Blake Nelson are talking about Hulk on the set of the new film that they’re working together on.
I’m with CB on this one, I think it’s the fan base that is letting it down, there’s just not that many people who love the character as much as Superman or Batman, there’s just not the desire to see the character on the big screen as there are with so many other superheroes.
It’s something that I think a lot of superhero characters suffer from, but that the studios just can’t see. I’m particularly interesting in films such as Ant Man, Captain Marvel and even Captain America. Will they do as well despite having a lesser fan base than the leading superheroes? I think they might, but that’s because they have something else that Hulk doesn’t have, depth.
Norton and Louis Leterrier did try and bring that depth out in the re-visitation (or whatever you want to call it) The Incredible Hulk (Filmstalker review), and while they did capture that essence of Bruce Banner and focus the story more on the right places, in the end it does come down to two huge creatures battling it out with a woman screaming in the background, and that’s just not the depth that audiences are looking for, something echoed in the box office returns.