EXCLUSIVE: ‘A-Team’ Director Joe Carnahan Was In Talks For ‘The Avengers,’ Favored Hulk As Villain

Following the critical success of “Narc” and “Smokin’ Aces,” director Joe Carnahan is hoping for a commercial hit with his latest film “The A-Team,” a big-screen adaptation of the 1980s television series of the same name. But during a recent interview with MTV News, Carnahan revealed that he spoke to the folks who are working on another highly-anticipated adaptation – namely, the epic Marvel team-up film “The Avengers.”

Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios previously announced that “Firefly” and “Buffy” creator Joss Whedon would be helming the film, which is currently scheduled for release in 2012. But Carnahan confessed to MTV that he found more than a few interesting directions that he thinks a successful “Avengers” movie could go.

“You always wind up in conversations, and there was an ’Avengers’ conversation,” Carnahan admitted during an interview with MTV News on Saturday. “But it wasn’t really a thorough one. I was sent the material [and] I loved it.” Few details have been unveiled thus far about the film, but he reiterated some of the speculated story details, which include a team-up by Marvel superheroes to stop none other than the Hulk. “I think the ’Avengers’ movie you make is Hulk tearing up Manhattan and the Avengers have got to go in there and shut him down,” he said. “I think it’s very cool.”

Carnahan said that given the volume of mythologies and individual stories that each superhero could get into by him- or herself, there are only so many options that filmmakers have for a feature-length adventure. “I think that you’re going to have to very quickly get to this situation where you start to make your heroes into villains,” Carnahan observed. “I think that somebody like the Hulk, it’s such a great place to take him.”

At the same time he admitted that such creative decisions might kill the possibility for future installments for at least one of the involved heroes, who to date include Hulk, Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor, Captain America, Nick Fury, and Hawkeye. “[For Hulk] I think they may consider that kind of the franchise-killer, but I think something like that would be awfully interesting.” Regardless, Carnahan acknowledged that he’s as excited as the rest of us to see how Whedon and company help the Avengers assemble. “Listen – you’ve got Joss Whedon and he’s talented as hell,” he said. “I think he’s going to do a fantastic job with that.”

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