A new in-depth interview with actor/director Edward Norton via TheNewYorkTimes has revealed some interesting tidbits about a possible sequel for The Incredible Hulk that almost happened.
NYT: Hearing the way you talk about storytelling and the film business — even just your use of “high-fructose corn syrup” — makes me wonder if your starring in “The Incredible Hulk”.
NORTON: Well, no. I loved the “Hulk” comics. I believed they were very mythic. And what Chris Nolan had done with Batman was going down a path that I aligned with: long, dark and serious. If there was ever a thing that I thought had that in it, it was the Hulk. It’s literally the Promethean myth. I laid out a two-film thing: The origin and then the idea of Hulk as the conscious dreamer, the guy who can handle the trip. And they were like, “That’s what we want!” As it turned out, that wasn’t what they wanted. But I had a great time doing it. I got on great with Kevin Feige.
You might remember that during the editing process/press tour of The Incredible Hulk there developed some bad blood/tension between Norton and the studio over the handling of the film. Edward admits that the time commitment and the Ike Perlmutter era of salaries made things tough for him want to do more movies.
NYT: Didn’t he put out that statement about you?
NORTON: Yeah, which was cheap. It was brand defensiveness or something. Ultimately they weren’t going for long, dark and serious. But it doesn’t matter. We had positive discussions about going on with the films, and we looked at the amount of time that would’ve taken, and I wasn’t going to do that. I honestly would’ve wanted more money than they’d have wanted to pay me. But that’s not why I would’ve wanted to do another “Hulk” movie anyway. I went and did all the other things I wanted to do, and what Kevin Feige has done is probably one of the best executions of a business plan in the history of the entertainment industry. As a Disney shareholder, you should be on your feet for what they pulled off.
It doesn’t sound like Edward holds any real grudges and seemingly is not a fan of sites pitting him against Marvel/Kevin Feige.
NYT: Marvel may have had a good business plan, but what about its films? I want to like them more than I do.
NORTON: I’m not going to comment on that. I’m saying that Kevin had an idea of a thing that you could do, and it was remarkable. Now it didn’t happen to be on a tonal, thematic level what I wanted to spend my time doing. Conflating that into a fight or a judgement is grotesque. Picking fights between other people for clickbait is grotesque. I’m not being hyperbolic. It’s part of what’s problematic in our country. We are letting ourselves be polluted by fake fights manufactured by other people for other agendas. Whether it’s Russians manipulating us into intense arguments with one another over fabricated [expletive] or stupid entertainment journalism trying to get clicks. It’s like, I did Bruce Willis’s Comedy Central roast, and I made a joke at my expense. I talked about how I tried to do what Bruce did and make a big movie but I was an idiot because I tried to make the script better.
Mark Ruffalo now inhabits the character and seems like due to Universal Pictures we won’t be seeing another solo film anytime soon, but could see Professor Hulk appear in future films and shows.
At D23 Expo 2019 over the summer Kevin Feige announced that they would be moving forward with a She-Hulk series for Disney+.
William Hurt’s Thunderbolt Ross has reprised his role in Captain America: Civil War and is expected to appear in the Black Widow movie next year after being spotted on set.
SOURCE: NEW YORK TIMES