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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Norton Still With "Hulk"

Ouch. Long time, no update. I'm aware of my absence here, but lets be honest... how much has really been interesting in the movie world lately? Okay, I guess I could still post some boring news. In any case, the latest comes from the Marvel front.

"The Incredible Hulk's" producer, Gale Anne Hurd, has stated that Edward Norton will reappear as the Hulk's alter-ego in the future-- But the next time we see him may not be a direct sequel:

"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," she said. "[Norton's situation] is the same with every franchise like this, when you have one of the top actors of his generation.

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."

I think it's exciting too. But if a "Hulk 2" does get put in to production, who would be the next villain? What's the answer Ms. Hurd?

"The Leader," she said when asked what [Tim Blake] Nelson's [character] was transforming into when last we saw him. "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."

In the comics, The Leader is a scientist who is infected by gamma radiation and becomes a super intelligent being with an absurdly over sized cranium. We see this character's transformation begin in "The Incredible Hulk."

I was a pretty big fan of the recent Hulk adaptation. I thought Norton was fantastic and the characterization of the Hulk was beautiful. I hope to see more from both Norton and the Hulk franchise.

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