EXCLUSIVE: Marvel Studios Talks the Future of ‘The Incredible Hulk’

President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Fiege discuses a sequel to ‘The Incredible Hulk’ and the character's role in ‘The Avengers’.
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EXCLUSIVE: Marvel Studios Talks the Future of ‘The Incredible Hulk’

The future of The Incredible Hulk In 2008 Marvel Studios set out to do something that had never been done before on film, which was create one seamless world that several different film franchises would exist in ... essentially creating the "Marvel Film Universe." It began with the box office hit Iron Man, which featured an after the credits cameo by S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson and continued with The Incredible Hulk later that year, which featured an appearance by Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, linking the two films together. That strategy continues with the new movie Iron Man 2, opening on May 7th and the upcoming Marvel film's Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, which are currently in various stages of production. The hope is that all of this will lead up to The Avengers in 2012, which will feature characters from all of those films. With the mixed reaction to The Incredible Hulk, it still remains to be seen how that character will be used going forward.

Yesterday, we had a chance to sit down with Marvel Studios President of Production, Kevin Fiege, while he was out promoting Iron Man 2. We began by asking Fiege if there were plans on making a sequel from The Incredible Hulk at this time?

"Not before The Avengers," Fiege confirmed.

We continued by asking Fiege if at this point the plan is just to wait and reintroduce the character into the Marvel Universe with The Avengers?

"We certainly plan on it. He was there in "The Avengers" #1 and in "The Ultimates" #1 so certainly the Hulk is a key part of these films leading up to The Avengers. Iron Man 2 has some clues to where these timelines take place as they relate to each other. So I certainly think Hulk will be a player on that team."

Finally, we pressed Fiege to find out if there was a chance that actor Edward Norton would return for The Avengers and reprise his role from The Incredible Hulk?

"A lot of it depends on the story, a lot of it depends on the schedule and a lot of it depends on the lofty ideas that we have. You also have to work with the realties of people's schedules as to when they are available and stuff like that. So we reserve the right to say Hulk will be in it for sure, we'll see about Banner."

The Incredible Hulk was released June 13th, 2008.

Sources: Jami Philbrick

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  • monkeyclaw • 5 years ago

    CAN'T WAIT

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    • asif • 5 years ago

      Great.

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      • rojodiablo • 5 years ago

        Unlike most, I enjoyed Ang Lee's film just as much as the version with Norton as Banner. I thought he could have trimmed it down a bit but other than that I didn't hate it like so many others seemed to. Maybe I'm too much of a Marvel fan but regardless both entertained me. I actually thought Eric Bana was better as Dr. Banner than Norton and he certainly didn't cause as many issues as Norton did when his film came out. I'd like to see Bana return to the role in any of the future films where the Hulk is involved even if there isn't another standalone Hulk film. I wouldn't hate it if Norton does return but nevertheless, it's going to be an exciting couple of years for comic book/Marvel fans for sure!

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        • coolazzz • 5 years ago

          I can't see the hulk as ever really being a villain. That does not work for me. Misunderstood becasue of rage, maybe to a point? Of which always comes from people f*ckin with him. All in all, the Hulk(aka Bruce Banner!) always knows whats right. Its just to create a buzz, I am not worried about it, they'll get it right!

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          • gnyah123 • 5 years ago

            SOO all these films have something in common?....i didnt see the credits of iron man so i dnt kno how it goes...i saw the end of hulk..and i was wondering why Tony Stark was at the end...i saw the cartoon so it was obivous the Avengers was gon happen.......but i am AMPED!...i cant wait for Thor movie...i hope its good and Captain America!...sounds like thats goin to be good...then toppin it off wit The AvengerS!??...YES....life cant get no better!! hahah but i think Norton shud play banner again!!...and i tihnk hulk shud just stay hulk...angry motherf*cka!! lol not evil. but at least let him control it..like if he wants to transform easy just by gettin mad like that... then let it happen..and let him control his anger...

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            • nightwatch1203 • 5 years ago

              i agree that marvel is much better than dc but the justice league is much better and more popular than the avengers so i think they should have made that one first

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              • remy72883 • 5 years ago

                (Insert Username Here) i guess the hulk would be an easy way out, i just don't want to see a story blown out of proportion, keep it simple and not to complex, and i would really like to see S.H.E.I.L.D. some how set him off a way to rally the troops so to speak, i just think it would be cool.

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                • narrator • 5 years ago

                  Definitely agree with all of Inserts posts.

                  However, for a villain, as ejk pointed out, if there was a threat that Shield was aware of, theres the possibility it's not of our world. I was thinking Skrulls.

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                  • insertusernamehere • 5 years ago

                    Also, the idea that Banner would go "power happy" is way out in left field. Banner states in TIH that he doesn't want to control the Hulk, he just wants to get rid of it. So if he did ever have some control over his transformations, I doubt he would go "power happy," and he'd probably go the opposite, meaning he'd lay low. Banner is an intelligent man. I don't think he'd let power corrupt him so easily, especially power he doesn't want.

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                    • insertusernamehere • 5 years ago

                      I think Norton had more to do with the success of the Incredible Hulk than Leterrier did as far as characterization goes.

                      @Remy72883: The Hulk as the villain is the easy way out. I think you guys keep forgetting about the idea introduced in TIH that if the Hulk can't be controlled, he can at least be aimed at a specific target. The Avengers could use that to their advantage against the actual threat. I won't be surprised if the Avengers end up fighting the Hulk for the sake of a cool action scene, but he shouldn't be the main antagonist. Where's the creativity in that?

                      @Emmytt: It wasn't an "evil" smile, it was just a "teaser" device the director used to end the film on. If it has any real importance, it's to hint at the possibility that the Hulk can be controlled to a certain extent. Banner won't be going "evil."

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                      • grand-makwa • 5 years ago

                        damn right hulk will be in it, just wouldnt be right with out him

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                        • rufio • 5 years ago

                          translation: Marvel is still not happy with Norton's tiff with the studio/director over the film's direction during the film's post production/advertising campaigns. so therefore they will flex their studio muscle and demand better behavior and an apology from Norton, or replace him.

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                          • emmytt • 5 years ago

                            @thesymbiote i am just saying he look kinda of evil to me i am just saying what if he goes power happy

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                            • dedpool • 5 years ago

                              Hulk should be part of the reason the Avengers are formed. I definitely think it should go along with the original storyline with Loki controlling or setting the Hulk on a rampage. The second part of the film should deal with Loki releasing all kinds of chaos on the world.

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                              • thesymbiote • 5 years ago

                                @Emmytt. his smile didnt look evil to me it just looked like a smile,i think it was the eyes that made him look evil

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                                • felipe-11 • 5 years ago

                                  The Incredible Hulk was great, I think I even liked it bit more than Iron Man. I think its a bit underrated, it should definitively have a sequel and Norton a role in the Avengers flick.

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                                  • escapist • 5 years ago

                                    Thanks for the info guys. I agree with you ejk1, they should adopt the Marvel concept of the miniseries.

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                                    • justinishulk • 5 years ago

                                      YESSSSS!!!!! i love the HULK!!!

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                                      • reacyhar • 5 years ago

                                        I am huge fan of hulk movie . I have watched both part of this movie . Hulk is the one of my favorite movie .http://www.articlesbase.com/health-articles/review-on-zetaclear-does-zetaclear-work-2178958.html

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                                        • emmytt • 5 years ago

                                          @remy72883 maybe Norton can control the hulk but he gets power happy and goes evil casue he had a evil smile at the end of hulk

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