While it didn’t enjoy quite the same level of commercial success as “Iron Man,” Marvel Studios’ “The Incredible Hulk” is not without its strong supporters. Many fans are hopeful that Edward Norton will have a future in Marvel’s upcoming film slate, whether that’s in potential “Hulk” sequels, a role in “The Avengers” or simply a cameo in one of the studio’s other projects.
Despite his affinity for the character, the erstwhile Bruce Banner isn’t planning on going green again in the near future. At this weekend’s South by Southwest festival, Norton told MTV News that any further “Hulk” installments are way down the line.
“No,” he said when asked if there was any movement on the Marvel front. “I think they’ve got a whole lot of stuff to spool out before they get on into [a ’Hulk’ sequel].”
Norton’s comments extend beyond just the “Hulk” franchise, as he said he currently has no plans to film cameo appearances in “Iron Man 2,” “Thor” or “The First Avenger: Captain America.” But that’s not to say that the actor isn’t open to bringing the Jade Giant back to the big screen.
“We’ll see what they want to do,” he said. “I figure it’s a ways down the road.”
Last year, Norton revealed that his upcoming Marvel involvement was “purely a function of time.” But when MTV spoke with “Incredible Hulk” director Louis Leterrier, the filmmaker said it would take a little bit more than time to convince Norton to return.
“It’s not a Marvel/Edward thing, it would be really be about, well… We told the story of the fugitive, what’s the next step in the story,” said Leterrier. “It can’t just be ’Don’t make me angry, you wouldn’t like me when I’m angry’ … that would be a problem if you do the same thing over and over again. Edward’s never done the same movie twice, so I don’t think he would do that.”
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