The future of the "Hulk" film franchise is uncertain, thanks to a poorly reviewed first movie and a moderately received reboot. But the final scene of "The Incredible Hulk" revealed a tie-in to the greater Marvel movieverse by way of a Robert Downey Jr cameo, which begs the question: just what is Marvel's plan for the Green Goliath?
As far as "Incredible Hulk" director Louis Leterrier is concerned, Bruce Banner could continue on the big screen, but likely not through his directorial vision. The filmmaker told Hero Complex that he's contracted for one more Marvel movie, but he'd rather tackle a different character than the Hulk.
"If I come back, I'd love to do another superhero, something different that I can really put my touch on," he said. "[There] are so many great ones in the Marvel world."
Some of those "great ones" include Iron Man and Thor, though those characters are already claimed by directors. He also expressed his interest in Captain America, but suggested one reason why it wouldn't work out.
"C'mon, a Frenchman doing Captain America? They would burn my passport," he joked, before adding, "I have seen some of the design work they're doing for Captain America and it looks amazing. It's a period piece and it's like 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' and with more gadgets."
But Leterrier's real dream project is "The Avengers," though not in the way you'd think. The director detailed his vision of a Voltron-esque collaboration between himself, Joe Johnston, Kenneth Branagh and Jon Favreau helming four different "Avengers" films.
"We release them one a month for the summer," Leterrier envisioned. "Or even every two weeks or three weeks. And the whole summer would be 'Avengers' summer. So we do it the way they make television shows. One story arc but told in installments by different directors."
To make it economically feasible, Leterrier suggested cutting the run time and using the same sets throughout the four films. The filmmaker added that his "Avengers" vision would prevent the superhero genre from going stale.
"People will get bored seeing the same superhero movie every summer," he said. "If we change the concept and package it differently, then we do something really original then people get excited."
What do you think of Leterrier's idea for "The Avengers"? What superhero character would you like to see him tackle?