The Avengers are Marvel Comic's idea of a superhero dream team, a way to gather together the mightiest of its characters within the pages of one comic book. And, in a few years, they'll all hook up on the big screen, as an "Avengers" flick unites the likes of Iron Man, Thor and Captain America in 2012. Will the enraged green giant Hulk be there as well, and might he be brawling with his supercharged brethren?
That's an ongoing question among comic book obsessives and one Edward Norton, who brought Hulk's alter ego Bruce Banner to cinematic life in 2008, was happy to discuss when MTV News caught up with him. Can the actor really see himself stepping into "Avengers"?
"Yeah, oh yeah," he said. "The thing about [Marvel's] universe that's fun is that it all cross-pollinates. Even when I was working on the script [for 'The Incredible Hulk'], I tried to plug in the whole Super-Soldier Serum from Captain America."
Norton also endorsed the idea of Hulk as the film's villain. "He kind of was, not in the books, but in the comics there was always a tension between the rest of the superhero community and he was always this problem," the Oscar-nominated actor explained. "They treat him as this problem. I don't know, I think that's a fun way to go with it."
In the past, Norton has declined to elaborate on his thoughts concerning "Avengers" or offer a firm commitment to join the film, but he assured us this stance was simply an issue of scheduling, rather than overall enthusiasm. "I just get very busy," he said. "You have to deal with the demands of the moment. I tend to keep my head in the thing I'm doing, and I don't speculate or worry too much about what two or three blocks down the thing is gonna be. I know all these things will reveal themselves and work out or not."
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