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July 11, 2006

A Marvel Studios Production: The Future of Marvel’s Film Franchises San Diego Comic Con Panel

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3:30-4:30 A Marvel Studios Production: The Future of Marvel’s Film Franchises

The next great era of comic book films begins as Marvel Studios launches its new slate. The studio is currently developing many of its landmark titles for adaptation to the screen, including Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Nick Fury, and Ant-Man. At this presentation, the directors of Iron Man (Jon Favreau), The Incredible Hulk, and Ant-Man (Edgar Wright) will share their visions for these highly anticipated films. Producers Avi Arad, Kevin Feige, and Ari Arad will join the panel and be on hand to answer questions from the audience. Moderated by Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter. Room 6CDEF

Hopefully, the director of the next Hulk film will be present, or at the very least an announcement will be made.

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July 19, 2006

Zak Penn On Hulk 2

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It's definitely not a remake. We’re not going to tell the origin story of the Hulk. Reboot? It's harder to say. I think the tone will shift. We all loved the action [in the first one], and I like a lot of the creature stuff and I liked the performances in the movie. What I didn’t like was the father/son stuff. Honestly I didn’t like the dogs.

I felt – weirdly since I get so much shit for fucking with the continuity on X-Men 3, which not all of which was my doing but some of which is – I feel like on the Hulk that was one which didn’t need to be revamped. I didn’t like that the Hulk was something his dad injected into him as opposed to him being a repressed guy with all this rage to unleash.

The other thing is that there’s something about the tone of the TV show – despite the fans’ insistence on going with ‘Hulk smash’ and all that stuff- there’s something about the man on the run with a dark secret, Jekyll and Hyde, theme that we could do more with. There wasn’t much of that in the Hulk movie. I can’t think of one scene where he was trying to solve his problem while keeping it a secret from anyone. To me that’s essential to the Hulk. That’s what’s great about the Bruce Jones run [in the comics]. When I read that, I thought, ‘This is a Hulk movie.’ You know, with the laptop and Mr. Blue. We’re using all that stuff. I think it uses the tone of the TV show but keeps the scope as big as you want with a Hulk movie. The problem with the TV show is that you don’t want a guy running around in green paint knocking walls over. It’s a matter of combing that tone with a bigger scope, and that’s what we’re doing. So I don’t know what to call that. I felt like we should keep as much continuity as we can while changing the tone. That’s my personal preference.

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July 20, 2006

Incredible Hulk Director Named

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"Hulk" making incredible return to big screen

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Evidently underterred by the lukewarm reception that greeted "The Hulk" just three years ago, Marvel Studios is bringing the jolly green giant to the big screen once again.

Action filmmaker Louis Leterrier has signed on to direct "The Incredible Hulk," which will return the monstrous superhero to his comic book roots.

The 2003 version, "The Hulk," directed by Ang Lee and starring Eric Bana, cost about $150 million to make, and earned $132 million at the North American box office.

Producers Avi Arad and Kevin Feige first met with Leterrier two years ago and were struck by his passion for the Marvel Comics universe. It was that passion that shone through recently when -- after being approached to gauge his interest in directing a new Hulk movie -- Paris-based Leterrier went back to his studio and, with the help of an artist, storyboarded two action sequences and developed a take on the monster.

Casting will begin shortly. The script is being written by Zak Penn, whose credits include Marvel's "X2: X-Men United" and "X-Men: The Last Stand." Universal Pictures will distribute.

Leterrier established his action credentials with the Jason Statham flicks "The Transporter" and its sequel, "Transporter 2," which opened at the top of the box office last year. He also directed the Jet Li movie "Unleashed."

"His movies have humor and character depth set against fantastic action, and these aspects will be explored to the fullest extent in 'Hulk,"' said Feige, Marvel Studios' president of production.

Leterrier will be formally introduced Saturday during a Marvel Studios panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

Hulk, created in 1962, remains one of the biggest characters in Marvel's stable and rivals Spider-Man in terms of pop culture iconography and mainstream appeal.

"People want to see the green guy again," Feige said.

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Leterrier Talks About The Incredible Hulk

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Stéphane ARGENTIN' from Ecran Large tells us they already got a chance to speak to The Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier after last night's announcement:

We were able to get in touch with director Louis Leterrier this morning regarding The Incredible Hulk to ask him a few precisions about the project. He told us that he was previously in relation with Marvel to direct Iron-Man before the project finally went to Jon Favreau. Seeing Leterrier's passion for Marvel comics, Avi Arad told him about this new Hulk and it took Louis less than half an hour to get convinced by the new orientation of the movie and agree to direct.

"We won't be spending times presenting the characters, which is unfortunately pretty much unavoidable as far as number ones are concerned. Someway like Spider-Man 2, Marvel wants this Hulk to be the one fans would really want to see on the big screen. I'm not badmouthing Ang Lee's movie which has its supporters but I think the tone was overall a little bit too serious. As far as the casting is concerned, we don't know yet if Eric Bana will be onboard and regarding Hulk, I can already tell you that I don't intend to use as much 3D as the first movie did. As for the budget, it will be over 100 millions".

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July 22, 2006

The Marvel Presentation At Comic-Con

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The Marvel Entertainment movie team of Kevin Feige, Ari Arad and Avi Arad invited three directors of upcoming Marvel projects – Ant-Man, The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man - to share some details about the highly anticipated projects with attendees at the San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday.

Newly named The Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier (the "Transporter" films, Unleashed) told attendees that his vision for Hulk would still focus on Bruce Banner's hate for the monster inside him and carry a tone closer to that of the television show. Ari Arad added that the new film would focus more on the Hulk as hero theme.

"This is Marvel's horror movie," said Leterrier "It's Frankenstein meets Jekyll and Hyde with a little bit of Edward Scissorhands."

As for characters returning from the first film, Leterrier confirmed that General Ross will be there. Avi Arad addded that filming will start in April, 2007.

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SDCC '06: The Future of Marvel's Film Franchises Panel

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The highly-anticipated A Marvel Studios Production: The Future of Marvel’s Film Franchises panel at Comic-Con was held Saturday and Newsarama was there has has this following full report.

Kit then introduced the just-announced director of the second Hulk movie, Louis Leterrier.

Killing rumors, Kit said that the next Hulk movie will not be straight-to-DVD, and will not star David Duchovny or Brendan Frasier, as rumors have alluded to.

Letterier said that initially, he had reluctance to taking the job, given that he is a relatively unknown French director who would be following in the footsteps of Ang Lee, and said “No” when he was first offered. Later, on a trip to Hollywood, Letterier met with Arad, who whispered the pitch for the movie in his ear, and shortly afterwards, he decided that he wanted to do it, and accept the challenge of returning the character to film.

Letterier said that shortly after deciding to do the film, he started storyboards and put together concept art for the film, something, Arad said, convinced them that they had the right man for the job.

When asked by Kit how the new Hulk film will be different in tone from the first film, Ari Arad [Avi’s son and fellow producer} said that the idea behind the next movie is to make the Hulk the action/adventure movie that fans want to see.

"A lot more Hulk as hero," Arad said.

In teasing the cast, Letterier said that General Ross will return, as well as a new villain - the Abomination. The director said that he felt that the Hulk needed an opposite number, and will give the threatening feeling you find in other superhero movies, where the hero could actually dies at the hands of the villain.

In regards to the screenplay for the Hulk, Letterier said that they're currently shooting ideas back and forth, and will begin filming in April.

Feige said that Marvel is very open to the idea of films with more than one hero, noting that if you look at the films that have been announced, it's no coincidence that they are members of the Avengers.

Asked will the Hulk talk in the new movie, "We don't know about that," Letterier replied. "But I just met Lou Ferrigno, and he said, 'I want to do the voice’. So we'll see."

The director said that his Hulk will be less green, and that he loves the grey Hulk. All in all, the film will resemble the television show in its fundamentals, in that Banner will be on the run, and knows he is cursed with a monster inside him, and the challenge will be to see that the monster can also be a hero.

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July 23, 2006

Comic-Con 2006: The Incredible Hulk Panel

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July 23, 2006 - Hulk 2 (actually titled The Incredible Hulk) is not going straight to DVD. David Duchovny will not star now that Eric Bana has left the project. Neither will Brendan Fraser. The franchise will, however, have a new director. Mere days ago Louis Leterrier, most recently responsible for The Transporter 2 was tapped to direct the big green one's latest screen adventure.

Speaking about the wooing process, the French director said, "We've been turning around each other like dogs in love." Ultimately, he was selected, and President of Production Kevin Feige said, "What he has planned in terms of the fun aspects of the Hulk, Hulk as hero, you guys will really be excited."

Members of the panel seemed dedicated to distancing themselves from Hulk. Louis Leterrier said, "The idea… is to make the Hulk action adventure movie everyone wanted to see."

In addition to being an action/adventure movie, Leterrier stated, "It's Marvel's horror movie… It's Frankenstein, it's Jekyll and Hyde and a little Edward Scissorhands." The script is going to hearken back to the television show, focusing on Banner's journey and his difficulty dealing with the monster. "The good thing abour number twos is that you don't waste your time on the origin," said Leterrier.

Every superhero movie needs a villain, and since this installment is focusing on Hulk's more heroic qualities, it's only right that he gets a gnarly enemy. That ultra-bad-ass is going to be Abomination. "I think we needed an anti-Hulk this time," said Leterrier. "Abomination is mega-bad Hulk."

Warming the hearts of many Con-goers, Leterrier delivered one last piece of good news about the sequel: "No poodles. Promise." Keep your eyes on IGN FilmForce for more information on this and other Marvel movies.

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CCI Day 3: The Future of Marvel's Film Franchises Panel

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It was at this point that Borys introduced Louis Letterier, a man who only just signed on to direct the Hulk sequel three days ago.

"I've known these guys for a while," Letterier said of the Marvel Studios execs. "We've been running around each other like dogs in love."

Letterier admitted that he was initially apprehensive about following in the footsteps of Ang Lee, who helmed the first Hulk film, but after a meeting with the Arads, he was convinced that there could and should be another Hulk movie.

"I had to convince myself," Letterier explained, so he took it upon himself to draw up storyboards and conceptual art. This kind of initiative, Avi said, was how they knew they'd picked the right man for the job.

"The incredible Hulk will be born again," Avi said.

When asked how this film will differ from Ang Lee's vision, Ari said their intent was to make the "Hulk action-adventure movie" they'd always wanted to see.

"More hulk as hero, more savage transformations," he said. It will hearken back to the Hulk TV series, portraying Banner as a man on the road, struggling with his curse. General Ross was the only character from the first film that Letterier would confirm would be returning, but he did confirm the identity of the film’s villain: The Abomination.

"We needed an anti-Hulk this time," he said. "You have to believe the hero is in jeopardy."

Now that Marvel Studios is an autonomous production company, one fan asked about the chances of seeing characters cross-over from one film to another.

Avi said the "possibility excites all of us." It's no coincidence, he said, that the films they currently have in development could one day lead to an "Avengers" movie.

When asked whether the Hulk sequel will have any connection to the first film, Letterier avoided directly answering the question.

"The good thing about sequels," he began, "Is that you don't have to deal with the origin." It's not the origin that interests the director, so much as "the struggle, Banner's hate for this monster."

The degree to which the monster will or not talk remains up in the air, but Letterier did recount his recent meeting with TV's Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno.

"I wanna do the voice!" the bodybuilder had said. Ferrigno also reportedly gave Letterier his blessing.

Letterier characterized his vision of the Hulk as "Frankenstein meets [Doctor Jeckyll] with a little bit of 'Edward Scissorhands.'"

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July 24, 2006

Comic-Con 2006: Avengers Movie Gains Momentum

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July 24, 2006 - At the first ever Marvel Studios panel at this weekend's Comic-Con, President of Production Kevin Feige made statements that indicate Marvel is headed in a direction that will lead to a full-scale, live action Avengers movie.

The studio announced it's starting production on three new projects: Captain America, Nick Fury and Thor. All three figure heavily into the Avengers mythos, as do The Hulk and Iron Man, both of which already have movies in production.

In the past, an Avengers movie would have been unlikely, not only because movie technology was not advanced enough to handle some of the complicated characters, but because rights to various Marvel entities were scattered among several studios.

"Now that it's all under one roof, it could be done," said Feige. Jon Favreau, in a separate interview, stated that he always thought of Iron Man 3 as Iron Man: The Avengers. Stay tuned to IGN FilmForce for news on all of the Marvel movie projects.

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Comic-Con: Marvel Studios Panel

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Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige says the time is right for Marvel to start producing its own films -- and the studio seems to be off and running in that endeavor.

At Marvel Studios' panel on Saturday, Feige -- joined by studiomates Avi Arad and Ari Arad -- introduced directors of three of Marvel's first independently produced films: Ant-Man's Edgar Wright, The Incredible Hulk's Louis Leterrier and Iron Man's Jon Favreau.

"We feel we have a pretty good handle on how to make these movies and make them ourselves," Feige said.

"We have some amazing talent around us," Arad said.


* Letterier said he was hesitant to follow Ang Lee and didn't want to do it at first, but was convinced by Marvel that there could be another Hulk movie.

"I've known these guys for a while," Letterier said of the Marvel Studios executives. "We've been running around each other like dogs in love."

* Letterier said he did several storyboards and conceptual art because he had never worked with a super-hero before.

"The things he put together were some of the best sequences we had ever seen," Feige said. "And what he has planned for the aspects of the Hulk -- the Hulk as hero -- I think is going to make you guys very, very excited."

"The idea behind this movie is the make the Hulk the action/adventure we're all dying for," Ari Arad said. He added that it will feel a little bit more like the television series, with the Hulk on the run.

* The Abomination will be the villain, and General Ross will return.

"Super-heroes, for me, they work when you feel your hero is in real jeopardy," Letterier said. "Spider-Man is amazing movie for that because you really feel could be done in at any moment.

"I want to see that. We needed it. So the Abomination is a mega-bad Hulk. He's going to be an amazing creature."

* Leterrier also said there will be no poodles, a reference to the first film. "Promise," he said.

* Leterrier said production will start in April.

* Asked about crossovers, Feige said it's not a coincidence that the characters Marvel is working on might some day end up being The Avengers.

"That possibility excites all of us," he said. "Now that it's all under one roof, it could be done."

He added that Marvel's pre-existing pipeline with other studios will probably "continue for a long time to come."

* "The good thing about No. 2s is that you don't have to deal with origin," Leterrier said. "You don't waste 45 minutes of your time explaining the origin and then cram the whole plot of the movie into a 45-minute sequence.

"It's not so much the origin that's interesting about the Hulk. It's the stuggle, Banner's hate for this monster. We'll explore that much more. It's more about how you deal with yourself being a monster."

* Leterrier said he wasn't sure how much the Hulk will talk. "But I just met Lou Ferrigno and he said he'll do the voice," he added, drawing laughs and cheers.

* Leterrier described the movie as "Frankenstein meets Jekyll and Hyde with a little bit of Edward Scissorhands."

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August 7, 2006

Marvel Movie Update

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With its second quarter report on Monday, Marvel Entertainment listed its movie schedule with no significant updates -- unless you listened to the webcast.

David Maisel, vice president of Marvel Studios, said that Marvel will have two independently produced films for 2008.

According to Maisel, one will be Iron Man, with a scheduled May 2 release. "We haven't said what the second film will be," he said.

Likely candidates for that position are Incredible Hulk, Ant-Man or Captain America.

Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige previously told The Continuum that Hulk could go into production as early as April, which would make it a strong candidate for 2008.

In addition to its two self-financed films, 2008 also could see a Wolverine film from Fox and a Punisher sequel from Lionsgate.

Maisel declined to list a budget for Iron Man and it was noted that Marvel gets $5 million from Sony when it options a Spider-Man sequel and another $5 million when the film goes into production.

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Marvel Studios' Upcoming Slate

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Marvel Entertainment has releases its Q2 2006 Earnings which includes an updated list of upcoming projects for Marvel Studios. We've left off the projects that have already been released:

Licensed Marvel Character Feature Film Line-Up For 2007
Ghost Rider, Sony - In post-production, February 16, 2007 release
Spider-Man 3, Sony - In production, May 4, 2007 release
Fantastic Four 2, Fox - In early pre-production, June 15, 2007 release

Film Projects Being Developed by Marvel (Partial List)
The first two films are anticipated for release in 2008.
Ant-Man, Marvel - Writer and director engaged
Captain America, Marvel - Writer engaged
The Incredible Hulk, Marvel - Writer and director engaged
Iron Man, Marvel - Writer and director engaged, slated for May 2, 2008
Nick Fury, Marvel - Writer engaged
Thor, Marvel - Writer engaged

The Avengers, Black Panther, Cloak & Dagger, Doctor Strange, Hawkeye,
Power Pack and Shang-Chi are also projects to be developed by Marvel.

Licensed Marvel Character Film Development Pipeline (Partial List)
Deathlok, Paramount - TBD
Gargoyle, Sony - TBD
Luke Cage, Sony - TBD
Magneto, Fox - TBD
Namor, Universal - TBD
The Punisher 2, Lionsgate - TBD
Wolverine, Fox - TBD

Marvel Character Animated TV Projects in Development
Fantastic Four, Moonscoop SAS (France) - 26, 30 minute episodes airing in 2006; U.S. distribution expected on Cartoon Network
Wolverine, First Serve Toonz (India) - 26, 30 minute episodes in development
Iron Man, Method Films (France) - 26, 30 minute episodes in development

Marvel Character Animated Direct-to-Video Projects in Development
Partnership with Lionsgate to develop, produce and distribute original animated DVD features. Titles include: Ultimate Avengers 2 (scheduled for August 8, 2006), Iron Man and Doctor Strange.

Marvel Character Live Action TV Projects (Partial List)
Alter Ego and Skrull Kill Krew in development.

2006 Video Game Releases
Activision, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance - To be released Q4 2006

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August 10, 2006

Marvel Struts Its Stuff

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Marvel Enterprises will pay Paramount, or any other studio, a 10% distribution fee as it sets out to make its own pics.

Company disclosed the maximum fee allowable under its loan structure during a conference call with Wall Streeters. Briefing was designed to introduce the studio's new management team sans Avi Arad and detail its upcoming slate.

The absence of Arad, who shocked many by stepping down from his post as chairman of Marvel Studios in May, was somewhat surprising as he is still producing several Marvel pics and is drawing his full salary until the end of the year as a "creative adviser."

Asked about Arad's absence, a Marvel spokesman noted that "Avi has his own production company now, and these are the Marvel executives putting forth the long-term strategy."

Investors and the press had become used to the boisterous exec as the public face of the company; Thursday call was the first major Marvel Studios event with prexy Michael Helfant and production topper Kevin Feige out front.

Marvel will use the $525 million Merrill Lynch debt facility to fund its slate, which will kick off with "Iron Man" and "The Incredible Hulk" in 2008. Par is set to release most of the Marvel pics, although Universal will distribute "Iron Man."

Responding to an analyst's question, studio execs said they aren't worried about saturating the marketplace by turning out two pics a year. They said there continues to be a "large appetite" for such pics.

Films are expected to cost $130 million or less.

Marvel execs also tried to allay concerns over New Line putting "Iron Man" into turnaround and U giving back the rights for the "Hulk" sequel. They said these are common practices in Hollywood.

Asked about potential sequels, studio said there would probably be a gap of 18-30 months between installments.

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August 11, 2006

Zak Penn Assemble!

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The word got out this week – Marvel is planning an Avengers movie, and Zak Penn, one half of the writing team on X-Men: The Last Stand and the writer of the upcoming Incredible Hulk, will be doing the screenwriting chores. I contacted Zak to ask him for some more info about what his vision of The Avengers would be. First I wanted to know where he would be getting his inspiration: the normal Marvel Universe Avengers or The Ultimates, Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch’s widescreen re-envisioning of the team?

“No question the thing that it inspired me was the Ultimates run,” Zak told me. “I thought it was brilliant, cinematic, and made me realize that a super hero team didn't have to be goofy. There has been a lot of discussion about whether it will be live action or a next-gen big budget CGI thing, but we've tabled it for awhile while I write the Hulk. I imagine we will make all these decisions next year.”

One of the things that has fans excited about The Avengers movie is the possibility of scale. While there’s a long time between now and real work getting done on this project, Zak does have his eye on making this a real Marvel U movie – a real Marvel Film U movie, that is. “One thing I can tell you is that when I was a kid, I loved Marvel Team Up, Marvel Two in One, anything where you got a sense of the whole Marvel universe. The more we can draw from the other Marvel movies the better.”

It’ll be interesting to see where that goes – will whoever gets hired to play Iron Man also be contracted for The Avengers? Or at least for his voice, if the film does go CGI? And with Marvel having so many of its characters home under one roof again, we could be seeing a massive showing of Marvel characters.

And we may not have to wait for The Avengers movie for that. “By the way, I'm hoping you'll see some other Marvel characters in the Hulk,” Zak teased.

Look for more from Zak Penn in the coming weeks as Dave Davis and I recount our massive and epic Las Vegas adventure on the set of his improv poker movie, The Grand. And it won’t just be Zak – we’ll have on set interviews from Werner Herzog, David Cross, Avi Arad and more.

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August 18, 2006

Kevin Feige Interview

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After Spidey, Marvel To Focus On Hulk's Relaunch, Captain America's Big-Screen Debut

Meet the new president of production for Marvel Studios, a surprisingly fresh-faced exec with big plans for the comic book blockbusters you'll be lining up for over the next decade.

"We always stay true to what we feel is the right story to tell," Feige added, referring to Marvel's relationship with its Web-savvy fans. "But they can have more of an impact than they know."

If you live by the sword, you die by the sword, however, and those very same fans have voiced skepticism over Marvel's decision to rebirth the Hulk, a character whose 2003 movie was widely seen as a disappointment.

"[It's going to be] a little more Marvel," Feige explained. "[We want] to make it a little more true to the comics."

Feige wouldn't discuss the future of Eric Bana, who has said that he'd like to return for another shot as the big guy.

"It's much too early for specifics," Feige said. "But Hulk remains one of our biggest characters, second only to Spider-Man in terms of popularity, so we're going to bring it back to the screen in a big way."

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September 14, 2006

Hulk In The Avengers?

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Marvel Entertainment says it plans to unleash The Avengers as soon as they get Iron Man, the Hulk sequel, and a few other projects off their plate. Set to pen the screenplay is Zak Penn, the writer behind the last two X-Men movies from 20th Century Fox and Marvel. The comic book The Avengers began as a team consisting of superheroes Thor, Ant-Man, Wasp, Iron Man, and Hulk. Later, Captain America and a host of others joined. Marvel calls the Avengers ''Earth's mightiest heroes.''

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September 15, 2006

Director Louis Leterrier On The Incredible Hulk!

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The Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier (the "Transporter" films, "Unleashed") stopped by the Superhero Hype! message boards to chat with fans about Marvel Studios' anticipated sequel, to be released by Universal Pictures. The film will return to the roots of the long-running comic series, combining a well-developed character storyline with incredible action and fun. Zak Penn, who previously collaborated with Marvel on X2: Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand, is writing the script.

Here is a list of Leterrier's answers to questions asked by the fans:

Q: Can you confirm the method for which the Hulk will be presented?

We're studying every method and we'll pick the best method for every shot. It's important to make the Hulk tactile in this one. As an audience member I love to be confused and not know if it's CGI, animatronic, make-up (loved Davy Jones in Pirates... all CG!!!).

Q: Can you confirm if Dominic Purcell is in talks for a role in your movie, and possibly what role that is.

Let me show you something...

ITW: Hello Louis Leterrier.
LL: Hi.
ITW: I hear you've been asked to direct Indiana Jones 4.
LL: Huh...
ITW: INDY, you're so lucky!!!
LL: Huh, well, I love these films but...
ITW:That's going to be amazing. Good luck"

... and a day later every one says that LL is directing the next Indy.
Listen to Dominic Purcell's interview again.

Q: Will you get Statham a role in this film if not Abomination perhaps someone in the military.

He's Betty...

Q: We know the budget is not over 180 million per the terms of the merril deal but do you have an estimate yet? Zak said it was quite a bit.

It's enough. Listen, I made Transporter 1 for 17M$, Unleashed for 20M$ and Transporter 2 for 22M$ (this one could have used a couple of extra bucks, sorry about some of the vfx's). I'm used to small budgets. This one's very big in Hollywood standards and huge compared to my first films. I'm going to put every penny on screen.

Q: Is Bana officially eliminated from contention or is he still a possibility?

He's not out.

Q: How far are we away from a casting announcement and a release date?

Nothing's set.

Q: Is this a sequel or not? There has been alot of confusion over this. Sometimes yes, and other times no.

It's a hard question to answer. You have to be the judge of that when you see the film.

Q: Is Lou Ferrigno really in the running to voice Hulk? (I hope not)

I've only met Lou once and I was star-struck. Who do you think should do the voice?

Q: Avi & Zak have said they liked the action in the first film (desert battle), do you also share this opinion? And plan to live upto/top it?

There's only one way out of this one and it's up...

Q: Ang sometimes used interesting wipes to go between shots, although you don't need to, will you slip a few in during editing for people like me that loved that?

Too early to say.

Q: Was the distancing from the first movie (even as a sequel) at Comic-Con more of a way of getting attention of those that were dissatisfied with the first film rather than condemnation of the first film itself?

I like the first film. I just think I'm a maggot compared to Ang Lee. I'm not going to try to copy him, it would be an enormous failure. I'm going to do my version of a Hulk film. There's a lot of me in Unleashed. If you liked this film, you'll like our Hulk.

Q: Will you also be checking out Ultimate Fighter matches to get a feel for the influence on Hulk's fighting style in the first film (assuming you aren't familiar with that already)? Or will there be no consistency in this regard? Speaking of consistency, will there be any?

I'll surround myself with the best fight choreographers. It's going to be special.

Q: Has there been any talk of doing an online video blog from behind scenes of the film as many movies are doing these days?

I don't know. I'm not very photogenic.

Q: Has there been talk on where this will be filmed (U.S., Canada etc)?

Too early to say.

Q: Are you focused on casting an unknown or well known actor for Abomination? Or are you open to either?

Open to both.

Q: If there is some sense of continuity between films is there a chance will Harper return (even if it's just a cameo)? Are you expecting rewrites for Zak's first treatment?

Zak's turning in the best screenplay I ever read. I'm serious.

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October 3, 2006

Universal Delivers The Hulk On HD-DVD

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Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced 'The Hulk' will be released on HD-DVD on December 12, 2006.

'The Hulk' will carry an SRP of $29.98 and be presented in widescreen 2.35:1 1080p and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 audio. Extras will mirror those found on the standard DVD and include a Feature Commentary with Director Ang Lee, Hulk Cam: Inside the Rage, Deleted Scenes, Evolution of the Hulk, The Incredible Ang Lee, The Dog Fight Scene, The Making of the Hulk, The Unique Style of Editing The Hulk, and My Scenes.

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October 4, 2006

Marvel Adds The Incredible Hulk To Its Film Production Facility

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Marvel Entertainment, Inc. announced today that it has completed the amendments required to enable the funding of its Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk feature film projects through its $525 million non-recourse debt facility. The films, which are being produced by the company's Marvel Studios subsidiary, were not included in the initial film financing facility but have now been added on the same terms.

Iron Man will be distributed by Paramount Pictures and is scheduled for release on May 2, 2008, and The Incredible Hulk will be distributed by Universal Studios and is planned for release in 2008. Borrowings under the film facility are non-recourse to Marvel Entertainment, Inc. and its affiliates.

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October 11, 2006

Louis Leterrier Talks The Incredible Hulk

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Scooper 'Fred' wrote in from France with the following bit:

Louis Leterrier talked about Hulk 2 last night on French TV Show "la grande émission". He mentioned a 120 $ budget and said it won't be a sequel (that's the scoop I guess). He's looking for a bookish glass-wearing type for Banner, no mention of Eric Bana.

The Incredible Hulk is targeted for a 2008 release.

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October 30, 2006

Philips Ambilight TV Ads To Feature The Hulk

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Philips Consumer Electronics has launched a holiday consumer advertising campaign that for the third-year in a row is focused on its unique Ambilight flat-panel TV technology, using national Internet, TV, print and movie theater vehicles.

Consumer surveys revealed that movie lovers typically are interested in having a "transformative" experience from their home-moving watching.

For that reason, DDB, an Omnicom company, and Philips' in-house creative team selected "Bruce Banner and The Hulk" as the central character(s) for the TV, cinema and Internet spots.

The recent movie was popular in Europe and continues to deliver a clear message that resonates well with U.S. movie lovers.

The 30-second TV spots began on Oct. 23rd and will run eight weeks, through the second week of December. The TV ads are placed against national Primetime broadcast network programming, movies, news and sporting events.

The cinema component of the campaign will place 30-second ads promoting both Ambilight with the Hulk and Philips' Sense & Simplicity brand awareness messages. National CinemaMedia is handling ad placements at 5,500 theaters across the county, Gay said, targeting exposure to between 25 million and 30 million people. In addition, Philips will offer sweepstakes programs giving way products at select theaters.

Ambilight Hulk

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* Click here to download the high-res print advertisement (PDF - 11.1 MB)

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November 6, 2006

The Incredible Hulk To Smash Into Theaters June 27, 2008

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HOLLYWOOD, CA, November 6, 2006 – You WILL like him when he's angry! Marvel Studios and Universal Pictures will unleash Marvel's renowned, larger-than-life green Super Hero onto moviegoers everywhere in summer 2008 as they have announced a June 27th release date for the action-packed, new big screen adaptation: The Incredible Hulk. The announcement was made today by Michael Helfant, President and COO, Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige, President of Production for Marvel Studios.

Directed by top rising star Louis Leterrier (Transporter 2, Unleashed), The Incredible Hulk will return to the roots of the long-running comic series, combining a well-developed storyline with incredible action and fun. Zak Penn, who previously collaborated with Marvel on X2 and this summer's smash hit X-Men: The Last Stand, is writing the script. The project is being produced by Avi Arad, Kevin Feige and Gale Anne Hurd and will be executive produced by Michael Helfant, David Womark, and Ari Arad. Marvel Studios is currently casting the project.

The Incredible Hulk is being independently produced by Marvel Studios through its $525 million, non-recourse film finance facility and will be distributed domestically and in several international territories by Universal Pictures.

Feige commented, "The Incredible Hulk will be the type of fun, high-octane event film people have come to expect from Marvel. We could not be more excited about this project and our summer 2008 prospects now that we have both our green goliath and our highly-anticipated Iron Man set for release."

Helfant added, "We're very happy that Universal is distributing The Incredible Hulk. We have a history together and this is a great opportunity for both Marvel and Universal to take the Hulk film franchise to another level."

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Next 'Hulk' Adds Bulk To '08 Sked

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Marvel makes plans for super summer

Marvel is turning the summer of 2008 into the season of the superhero, setting June 27 as the release date for its new Hulk pic.

Release of "The Incredible Hulk" will be the second in a two-month span for the nascent studio, which plans to open the Jon Favreau-helmed "Iron Man" on May 2. Both movies go into production next year.

Even as Marvel was touting its film releases, its traditional publishing division was driving revenue.

Publishing sales growth of 20% helped to drive up overall sales for the third quarter by about 13% to $92.2 million.

Despite a 44% drop in net income to $13.2 million, the company satisfied Wall Street with solid projections for the coming year, and investors responded by sending up its stock price by 6%.

"Hulk," whose rights reverted to Marvel last winter, is being pushed out relatively quickly, observers said, in part to reassure Wall Street that the film division is running smoothly in the wake of Avi Arad's surprise departure in June.

If they remain in place, the timing of the two releases could be an earnings boon for the company, whose second quarter ends in June. "Iron Man" coin and opening-weekend B.O. from "Hulk" would be booked in the second quarter, while the remainder of "Hulk" money would spill into the third quarter.

Marvel insiders pointed out that the company has had properties open in a compressed time frame before, including the release of "X Men 2" in May 2003 and "Hulk" a month later.

Nearly two years out, summer 2008 is already shaping up to be a busy one for franchises -- Warner Bros.' next "Batman" installment, "The Dark Knight," is a likely summer release; Disney's next "Narnia" pic is set to open in May; and Paramount's "Indiana Jones 4" and Universal's "Hellboy 2" are both possible releases during the season.

Marvel is taking pains to distance its Hulk pic from Ang Lee's 2003 movie. Marvel licensed the rights to U for that film, which earned $132 million at the U.S. box office but which was considered a disappointment by some.

Company resists calling the new project a sequel and noted in a press release, "You will like (the Hulk) when he's angry," a not-so-subtle reference to fans' criticism that the character in the earlier pic was too ponderous.

Company has brought on genre director Louis Leterrier ("Unleashed") to ensure a more commercial feel.

Arad, Kevin Feige and Gale Anne Hurd are aboard to produce; Zak Penn ("X-Men: The Last Stand") will pen the screenplay.

Marvel predicts sales will grow to between $375 million and $435 million in 2007; company generated sales of $391 million in 2005.

Marvel also could see a bump in the year from licensing related to Sony's release of "Spider-Man 3" in May and other pics as it releases products tied to its new deal with Hasbro.

"Hulk" announcement wasn't the only one aimed at exciting investors Monday. Company also disclosed it would pact with Sega for an "Iron Man" vidgame. Sega will publish the game day-and-date with the pic's release and also has secured rights to make future games based on the superhero.

Interactive rights for "Iron Man" had been held by Activision, which has an overall licensing deal with Marvel. But Activision gave back the rights to "Iron Man" earlier this year when the two companies renegotiated their agreement.

Sega is in negotiations to license a second Marvel property, possibly the Hulk.

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November 26, 2006

Zak Pen's ‘Incredible Hulk’ Movie

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Wizard caught up with Zak Penn, the screenwriter for “The Incredible Hulk” for the scoop on where he stands on the sequel to the Ang Lee-directed 2003 movie. Penn, who is profiled in the Wizard 2007 Movie Spectacular that comes out Dec. 6, shared his insight on where the next “Hulk” movie is, which is slated to be directed by Louis Letterier (“The Transporter 2”).

Penn submitted a draft for the original “Hulk” movie, which was rejected, but that script grabbed the attention of the current filmmakers. His original pitch, along with his success writing “X2: X-Men United” and “X-Men: The Last Stand,” earned him the gig.

“My draft of the first ‘Hulk’ opened with him already having transformed into the Hulk,” explained Penn. “It opened with him at a roadside bar with these guys picking on him and him saying, ‘Don’t make me angry. You won’t like me when I’m angry,’ and then transforming, and then you flash back to reveal how it all happened.

“Part of the way that this ‘Hulk’ came about is that they went back and read my draft. They went back through all of the stuff that they had commissioned and said, ‘This is more of the tone that we wanted.’ So it doesn’t really require us ignoring the first movie, but that said, there’s a lot of stuff in the first movie that I’m not even going to touch on.”

To read more about Penn’s “Hulk” movie and his plans for an “Avengers” film, pick up the Wizard 2007 Movie Spectacular on Dec. 6, featuring the full scoop on over 120 movies.

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December 12, 2006

The Hulk HD-DVD Review

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Hulk (HD DVD)

Universal Studios Home Video / 2003 / 138 Minutes / Rated PG-13
Street Date: December 12, 2006
List Price: $29.98 (Buy it at Amazon and save)

The Video: Sizing Up the Picture

'Hulk' looks fantastic on HD DVD. I'm tempted to give it five stars for picture quality, despite the fact that I'm sure someone will email me, complaining that I missed that one dead pixel in frame 38,394. But fuck it, I will give it five stars -- 'Hulk' is truly one of the best catalog releases I've ever seen on either next-gen format.

Presented in 1.85:1 widescreen and 1080p/VC-1 video, every element of the presentation is demo quality. The source material is pristine, and apparently Universal has been keeping 'Hulk's HD master in some sort of Fort Knox vault on the studio lot. Blacks, contrast, colors -- perfect. Hues are wonderfully smooth and clean, but not over- or under-saturated. Depth, detail and sharpness are all wonderful -- this is the kind of thoroughly three-dimensional high-def transfer that I imagined all HD DVD titles would be like when I first heard of the format. Universal is also to be commended for a tip-top job on the encode, which suffers from no noticeable compression artifacts or intrusive edge enhancement. I just can't find a single thing to complain about with this presentation. Stand back, 'King Kong' and 'Batman Begins' -- you have a new challenger to the throne of HD DVD supremacy.

The Audio: Rating the Sound

He lives! He breathes! He smashes things! That Hulk sure loves to throw temper tantrums of mass destruction, and it's all the more enjoyable in Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1. Okay, so maybe it is not Dolby TrueHD, but 'Hulk' still sounds terrific thanks to a full 1.5mbps encode and the film's aggressive sound design.

An excellent, enveloping 360-degree soundfield is created almost constantly during the film. Discrete effects ping-pong all over the place, especially during the Hulk's third-act rampage. Imaging is as transparent as you're going to get on a lossy format, and clarity of tone in the rears excellent. Dynamics are top-notch, and low bass is incredibly deep and forceful. Even the fairly typical Danny Elfman score booms to life, with a vibrancy lacking in the standard resolution Dolby Digital track. Oddly, though, for such a dialogue-driven movie, the center channel is so pronounced it sometimes comes off as a bit too loud for the mix. Certainly though, that's better than speech being too quiet, and I never missed a word.

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February 1, 2007

Hulk Director Answers Fans' Questions!

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The Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier is answering fans' questions at the Superhero Hype! message boards and has already revealed a few items on the new movie, scheduled for a June 27, 2008 release.

Leterrier said that the role of Bruce Banner, played by Eric Bana in the first film, is close to being filled (Bana is not ruled out yet) and the rest of the cast will follow soon after. "Thunderbolt" Ross is the main villain with Emil Blonsky (aka Abomination) not far behind. The Hulk will be CGI with prosthetics used in certain scenes where needed. The title character will also show feats of strength.

Leterrier added that the film is still on track with no delays. Aaron Sims is working on the Hulk design, which will still be green.

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February 8, 2007

Marvel Stays True To Superhero Characters In Transition To Big Screen

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2008 release date is also set for "The Incredible Hulk." The green-skinned behemoth first stormed into theaters in director Ang Lee's "Hulk" in 2003. Feige says he's proud of the angst-ridden first film.

But he's eager to deliver a movie that explores a different angle of the Hulk, "which is that element of wish fulfillment, of overcoming an injustice or a bully and tapping into a strength that you didn't quite realize you had in yourself."

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February 9, 2007

The Incredible Hulk Now Smashing Into Theatres June 13, 2008

Universal has moved The Incredible Hulk away from Disney/Pixar's WALL• E and up two weeks to June 13, 2008. There is also no competition on that date yet.

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February 13, 2007

Arad Updates Marvel Film Slate

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Former Marvel Comics chief Avi Arad, who is now a producer, said that his plate is full with upcoming Marvel film adaptations through 2010, starting with Iron Man and the sequel The Incredible Hulk. That's in addition to the upcoming sequel for The Punisher, a possible fourth Spider-Man film and a second Ghost Rider; the first one opens Feb. 16.

"We have Iron Man starting in March, and The Incredible Hulk is starting in June, and across town somewhere happening right now is a meeting about Punisher 2," Arad said. "And we will see what happens to Ghost Rider [2], but I would like to get that going."

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February 15, 2007

Avi Arad On The Hulk

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This is a big year for Marvel Comics and next year's going to be a big one for Marvel Studios, so producer Avi Arad has a lot of his plate right now. "Every year is a big year," he told us, and when asked what they might have coming up after Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk he replied, "This is enough for now. They're starting production in March on one and the other one in June."

He also shared the story of how he picked Louis Leterrier to make the Hulk sequel, since he directed one of our favorite action movies Unleashed: "Actually, Louis turned me down the first time, and then I met with him again and I had laryngitis, so I pitched him the story for 40 minutes. I think he felt so bad, he really listened, but he fell in love with the project. Then we met in France, and he went home and actually did some homework and came back with storyboards and amazing art, and I knew he was hooked. We love him, he's a great filmmaker."

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February 26, 2007

The Biz: Marvel Powers Up Iron Man, Incredible Hulk For 2008

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MARVEL Entertainment is looking ahead to summer '08 with licensing programs for Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, the first two movies from its new self-financed and -produced film slate.

Partners include Hasbro and Hallmark.

With retail real estate so competitive among film-based properties—especially during the summer blockbuster period—Marvel is signing licensees that will take on both superheroic stories in order to get a full-season of shelf space at retail.

"What we're looking to do, from a strategic standpoint, is kind of 'own' 2008," said Paul Gitter, svp-consumer products for North America, Marvel Entertainment. "The goal is to go out to manufacturers and retailers, and create some continuity with both films from May through the back-to-school window."

Iron Man and Incredible Hulk licensees include Hasbro (master toy licensee), Hallmark (social expressions and party goods), Kids Headquarters (boys & girls apparel), Jay Franco (domestics), Mad Engine (T-shirts), Fruit of the Loom (underwear), Disguise (costumes), BBC (footwear), Berkshire (headwear and cold weather), Mega Bloks (construction toys) and Jakks Pacific (plug & play games), AME (sleepwear), Sideshow (collectibles), FAB (back-to-school & arts and crafts) and MGA (die-cast vehicles). Marvel is looking to add partners in other key licensing categories, such as food & beverages, consumer electronics and publishing. Licensees were given a directive to incorporate innovation into their products and urged to view their creations as components of a collection, not one-off items. Transformation also is a key element of both properties.

The strategy of signing licensees for both properties to "own" summer follows a successful run with Spider-Man on screens and at retail. Sony's third film in the franchise hits theaters this summer and Spidey has become a day-in, day-out business for Marvel.

Gitter hopes new film properties could turn in to perennials, too.

The Paramount-distributed, Jon Favreau-directed Iron Man (May 2, 2008) stars Robert Downey Jr. (as Tony Stark/Iron Man), Terrence Howard and Gwyneth Paltrow. The Incredible Hulk (June 13, 2008) will be distributed by Universal, but is not a sequel to the studio's Hulk (2003). The film is not yet cast.

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The Incredible Hulk Scheduled To Begin Principal Photography Later This Year

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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Marvel Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: MVL), a global character-based entertainment and licensing company, today reported operating results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2006.

Marvel’s Chairman, Morton Handel, commented, “We are pleased to announce that we intend to launch the next stage of our evolution as a global entertainment company by commencing principal photography on our Iron Man film on March 12th. The profile of the Iron Man character and the Marvel brand have been instrumental in attracting top-tier talent to this project. Later this year, we also plan to commence principal photography on our second self-produced feature film, The Incredible Hulk. With both of these movies scheduled for summer 2008 release and work on other Marvel-produced films also underway, future growth prospects for Marvel are strong.”

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'Hulk' Heading to Toronto for Flim Shoot

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'The Incredible Hulk' Heading to Toronto for Summer Film Shoot

TORONTO (AP) -- Torontonians beware! The Incredible Hulk is coming.

The city has been chosen as a principal filming location for the upcoming Marvel Studios production of "The Incredible Hulk."

"The Hulk" is to be directed by Louis Leterrier ("Transporter" 1 & 2, "Unleashed").

The film's executive producer Jim Van Wyck ("Lemony Snicket," "Armageddon"), shot in the city two years ago on the action flick "16 Blocks" and said he found the Toronto film community to be "exceptional," lauding the co-operation from the city and the province.

"The Incredible Hulk" is expected to begin shooting this summer for about four months. The cast has yet to be announced. Marvel Studios is a subsidiary of Marvel Entertainment Inc., which publishes characters including Spider Man, X-Men Captain America and Ghost Rider.

The announcement gives a boost to the local film industry which is still suffering the after-effects of a six-week strike by Canadian performers. A tentative deal between ACTRA and producers was reached Feb. 21.

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February 27, 2007

New Hulk Video Game Coming?

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During its fourth quarter earnings webcast on Monday, Marvel announced:

Marvel isn't revealing the budgets for Iron Man and Incredible Hulk for "competitive reasons."

Incredible Hulk will begin production in the second quarter of 2007 for a June 13, 2008

Marvel has a partner for the video game based on the new Hulk movie that will be announced soon.

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More On The Incredible Hulk Filming Schedule

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The Incredible Hulk's executive producer, Jim Van Wyck, (Lemony Snickett) said Marvel Studios' decision came down to Toronto or Vancouver.

"I shared with everybody here at Marvel Studios my experience shooting 16 Blocks (in Toronto) two years ago," he said. "It was just an exceptional experience in terms of the calibre of people who worked on the film, the level of co-operation from the city, mayor's office and OMDC, everybody.

"It was just one of those terrific filmmaking experiences," he added.

Preparations start almost immediately for shooting to begin this summer. Van Wyck says the production will be in Toronto for 14 to 15 weeks, with a majority of the work being done in downtown Toronto and Hamilton. The movie will be released in mid-summer 2008.

There will be many big names involved with The Incredible Hulk, including producers like Avi Arad and Kevin Feige, who created the Spider-Man, X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises. Gale Anne Hurd, who produced Terminator 1, 2, 3 and Armageddon, will also work as a producer.

Louis Leterrier (Transporter 1 & 2 and Unleashed) will direct.

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Marvel Secures All $525 Million For Film Slate

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Marvel Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: MVL) announced today that it has satisfied all funding requirements under the Company's previously announced $525 million non-recourse credit facility and has begun borrowing from the facility to finance its first self-produced and financed feature film, Iron Man. Additionally, Marvel has finalized distribution deals for Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk in the international territories for which it controls distribution rights. Paramount Pictures will distribute Iron Man and Universal Pictures will distribute The Incredible Hulk in North America and all other international territories. Iron Man is scheduled to be released May 2, 2008, kicking off the Summer 2008 movie season with The Incredible Hulk scheduled to follow in June of 2008.

On the distribution side, Marvel Studios has secured agreements with top international distributors for Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk. As previously announced, Paramount will distribute Iron Man and Universal Studios will distribute The Incredible Hulk in North America and in all other international territories.

MVL Film Finance LLC, a special purpose, bankruptcy-remote indirect subsidiary of Marvel is the borrower under the facility. The borrowings are non-recourse to Marvel Entertainment and its other affiliates.

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March 4, 2007

Vancouver Too Busy For The Hulk?

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Vancouver just too busy to take all of Hollywood's calls

That's why the Hulk movie is being filmed here

VANCOUVER–Not to burst Toronto's fragile bubble on the heels of last week's The Incredible Hulk blockbuster announcement, but what if the location decision came down to Vancouver just being too busy?

"You hate to turn it away," said Don Cott with a chuckle last week. As Canadian vice-president of the American-based Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, Cott sees a steady and successful film and television industry on the West Coast – so much so that the latest Marvel Comics movie had to go elsewhere.

"There certainly wasn't studio space. Studio space is virtually full and they need a lot of stage space," said Cott. That's despite Vancouver's eight purpose-built studio facilities in the Lower Mainland, including the aptly named 300,000-square-foot Mammoth Studios in suburban Burnaby. Movie-making giant 20th Century Fox has already booked the space – used in the last year to film Night at the Museum and the upcoming sequel to Fantastic Four – until the end of 2007 for a yet-to-be-named blockbuster project.

The Hulk announcement — along with its more than $100 million (U.S.) budget – is bringing glimmers of hope in Toronto to an industry that saw a 23 per cent drop of production revenue in 2006 and an estimated loss of $400 million (Canadian) during the recent six-week ACTRA strike. Meanwhile, confidence, cautious as it may be, is brimming here.

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March 6, 2007

More On The Incredible Hulk Licenses

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On June 13, Marvel unleashes The Incredible Hulk. Directed by Louise Leterrier (Transporter 2, Unleased), the Hulk film will have a storyline closely based on the comic series. Casting is currently taking place for this film.

“Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk mark two of the most highly-anticipated films for 2008 and represent two of the most legendary franchises in the Marvel Universe. The early feedback has been phenomenal with licensees quick to embrace both of these properties; we couldn’t be happier with the top-notch roster of licensees we currently have on board to create an incredible foundation for an explosive super hero summer,” says Paul Gitter, senior vice president of consumer products for North America at Marvel Entertainment. “With high-action, gripping entertainment and a renowned cast of characters, these franchises lend themselves to an incredible array of consumer product applications that we are sure will inspire some of the ‘must have’ merchandise for next year. We look forward to developing retail exclusives for certain programs to further the standout retail experience for these two franchises.”

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March 13, 2007

Marvel Entertainment Names David Maisel as Chairman

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Studio Further Solidifies Executive Team with New Hirings and Promotions as Iron Man Begins Principal Photography Today

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mort Handel, Chairman, Marvel Entertainment, (NYSE: MVL) announced today that David Maisel has been named Chairman, Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige has been named President of Production. This comes as Marvel Studios continues to build momentum on the production of a slate of self-produced and financed feature films based on some of its marquee Super Hero franchises, and as principal photography on the first film in this slate, Iron Man, begins this week.

Mr. Maisel joined Marvel in December 2003. He was responsible for the conception and execution of the company’s new film production initiative, including the establishment of the $525 million non-recourse loan facility to finance that strategy.

Mr. Feige joined Marvel in 2000 and has been involved in all of Marvel’s theatrical productions including the X-Men trilogy, Spider-Man 1,2 and 3, and the Fantastic Four and its upcoming sequel. He is currently serving as producer on Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk. In his expanded role, Mr. Feige will also now creatively oversee Marvel’s animated projects for television and DVD, as well as video games.

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March 15, 2007

Is The Green Goliath Too Big For Toronto?

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The City of Toronto and Ontario Media Development Corporation recently trumpeted the arrival of The Incredible Hulk, the Marvel Studios blockbuster shooting for four months in Ontario starting this summer.

A super-sized FX-heavy Hollywood production is a rare score for the city, and while it's good news for the 400 industry workers Hulk will employ, the shoot once again exposes Toronto's shortage of prime soundstages.

Recall the '99/'00 Toronto shoot of X-Men - also featuring Marvel super-heroes - which was frustrated by too few soundstages spread over too many locales.

DOP Newton Thomas Sigel spoke publicly about studio limitations hampering certain FX sequences, and the franchise moved to Vancouver to shoot a pair of sequels.

It turns out The Incredible Hulk, sequel to 2003's Hulk, is coming to Toronto because Vancouver is booked, with B.C.'s Mammoth Studios, for one, firmed up for the year by 20th Century Fox for unspecified projects.

Toronto, on the other hand, has vacancies post-ACTRA strike. But finding the right stages is a challenge for Hulk given that Cinespace Film Studios recently closed its Marine Terminal 28 location and the Filmport megastudio is not scheduled to open until at least March 2008.

"It's a big chunk," says Rick Perotto, business representative with IATSE 667, of The Incredible Hulk's soundstage requirements, after having met with the movie's producers.

At the same time, Perotto estimates Hulk's shoot may not exceed the scale of sci-fi flick Jumper, starring Samuel L. Jackson, which shot in town last year at Cinespace and Toronto Film Studios.

"Right now, there are an adequate number of stages," argues Peter Lukas, president of Showline studios, which was the main host of X-Men. He adds that Hulk producers put holds on his soundstages back in February while scouting during the ACTRA strike. As of this writing, he didn't know whether they were going to commit.

The production will likely not take over every inch of available space in town. As was the case with Jumper, Hollywood producers often put holds on all the city's prime soundstages. Once the movie's creatives, especially its art directors, decide how many stages will be required for set building, the producers make their bookings and lift holds on what's left over.

While TFS president Ken Ferguson - who is also heading up Filmport - won't confirm anything, sources indicate Hulk has booked four of TFS' largest soundstages for permanent sets.

The film's three cameras and accompanying crews will do much location shooting in and around Toronto, and require additional office space.

The likes of Showline and Cinespace should soon know if the production will fill any of their locations, or whether the studios can book other shoots already lining up behind Hulk.

"There's a whole bunch of projects looking at moving into Toronto, but not Hulk size - decent shows that don't need big soundstages," Ferguson says of the city's current production climate on the heels of a tentative resolution to the ACTRA strike.

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March 30, 2007

Incredible Hulk Shooting Schedule

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Every two weeks, we publish a listing of productions shooting or about to shoot in and around Toronto.

Marvel Studios
Prod: Gale Ann Hurd
Exec. Prod: Jim Van Wyck
Dir: Louis Leterrier
Cast: TBA
PM: DJ Carson
PC: Sabine Graham
Shoot: June – Oct. 24/07
629 Eastern Ave, Bldg B, #203
Toronto M4M 1E4
T: 416-645-8285
F: 416-645-8286

The information provided is current as of March 30, 2007.

Prod = Producer
Exec. Prod = Executive Producer
Dir = Director
Cast = Cast
PM = Production Manager
PC = Production Coordinator

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April 5, 2007

Rhythm & Hues Bulks up 'Hulk'

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The Hulk is getting a makeover.

Rhythm & Hues Studios said that it has been named the lead visual effects house on "The Incredible Hulk" from Marvel Studios, which is scheduled to start production in June in Toronto.

Louis Leterrier will direct from a script by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Zak Penn. Lee also will serve as an executive producer.

This project will give the Hulk a new look, as the Ang Lee-directed 2003 "Hulk" featured a CG character and lead visual effects from Industrial Light + Magic.

Rhythm & Hues was selected after several months of R&D that included the creation of a CG Hulk.

The company is well known for its character animation. For "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," the studio's work included the film's well-received CG lion Aslan. Earlier character work included "Babe," which won an Academy Award for achievement in visual effects.

Pointing to the company's history with creating animals, Rhythm & Hues film division president Lee Berger sees "Hulk" as a great next project. "It's the first time Rhythm & Hues has been able to take a human-like character to its full exposition," he said. "There's great enthusiasm for this project (at the company)."

The casting of Bruce Banner/Hulk has not yet been announced. Eric Bana played the lead role in the 2003 film.

Upcoming visual effects productions from Rhythm & Hues include New Line Cinema's "The Golden Compass," Fox 2000 Pictures and 20th Century Fox Animation's "Alvin and the Chipmunks" and Universal Pictures' "Evan Almighty."

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April 12, 2007

Incredible Hulk Casting Call

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The Incredible Hulk
Marvel Studios - Featured Film

Casting Director: Laray Mayfield

Have your Agent submit Electronically to:
Laray Mayfield

Thin Body Movement Actor
6'4, Male, All Ethnicity, Lanky Build.

Medium Body Movement Actor
5'10" - 6", Male, All Ethnicity, Medium Build.

Stocky Body Movement Actor
6'2" - 6'4"< Male, All Ethnicity, Football Type Build.

Start Date: June 2007
Location: Toronto

Hmm.... All ethnicity leads me to believe that they are casting these roles for motion capture? Any thoughts?

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Executive Producer Jim Van Wyck Talks Hulk

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Toronto Film & Television Office Goes GREEN!

Jim Van Wyck, the Executive Producer of “The Incredible Hulk” met with Rhonda
Silverstone and the staff of the TFTO to discuss locations for his upcoming feature film.

He showed staff the storyboards and everyone had the opportunity to suggest locations
and ask questions.

Jim commented on his great experience in Toronto while working on “16 Blocks” and
stated he looks forward to working here again.

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April 15, 2007

Edward Norton Cast as Bruce Banner

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Edward Norton has been set by Marvel Studios to play Bruce Banner in "The Incredible Hulk."

The Louis Leterrier-directed drama will be distributed by Universal Pictures, with an opening set for June 13, 2008.

It is a decided return to the mainstream for Norton, who recently has starred in such indies as "Down in the Valley," "The Painted Veil," and "The Illusionist." Pic will shoot this summer in Toronto.

Norton takes over a role played in the Ang Lee-directed "Hulk" by Eric Bana. Though that film opened strongly, it didn’t fare as well as other Marvel efforts, including "Spider-Man," "X-Men," "Fantastic Four" and, most recently, "Ghost Rider."

Marvel Studios, which has a $525 million credit facility obtained through Merrill Lynch, made "The Incredible Hulk" its second film under that arrangement, and seeks to make a sequel that is less self-serious and more in line with the comic series and TV show. Leterrier directed the action-filled "Transporter 2," and "Unleashed."

The new pic begins with Banner on the run, trying to avoid capture long enough to cure the condition that turns him into a misunderstood green menace.

"Edward Norton is a rare talent and one of the most versatile actors in the business," Marvel Studios production president Kevin Feige said in a statement. "His ability to transform into a particular role makes him the ideal choice to take on the character of Bruce Banner and the Hulk. Edward is perfectly suited to bring one of the most popular and important Marvel icons to the bigscreen in a new and exciting way."

The script for "The Incredible Hulk" was written by Zak Penn, who had a hand in crafting two "X-Men" films, "Fantastic Four" and "Elektra" for Marvel.

"The Incredible Hulk" is being produced by Avi Arad, Gale Anne Hurd and Marvel’s Feige. Jim Van Wyck, David Maisel, Ari Arad and Stan Lee are exec producing.

Norton, who will next be seen starring with Colin Farrell in the Gavin O’Connor-directed New Line drama "Pride and Glory," is repped by Endeavor.

Although I liked Eric Bana in the first film, Norton is a great choice for Banner. I remember calling my brother after seeing Fight Club and telling him I just saw the Incredible Hulk on film! Now here is Norton's chance to really do it!


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April 16, 2007

Zak Penn on Norton as Hulk

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When it comes to bringing Marvel Comics characters into the movies, you can't get much more knowledgeable than Zak Penn, who's written or been involved with the last two "X-Men" movies, both "Hulk" movies, Elektra and a bunch of the Marvel movie-related video games. In two weeks, Penn's second movie as a director, the poker comedy The Grand, will be premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival, and by pure chance, Hype! had a chance to talk to the writer less than 24 hours after the casting announcement that Edward Norton would be starring in the upcoming The Incredible Hulk. Of course, we had to ask him for a few words about the news.

"I couldn't be happier about Ed Norton," he told us. "I worked on the first 'Hulk' movie and I remember talking about how awesome it would be if we got Ed Norton to play this part. He really was up for it the first time. I think Ed Norton's one of the best actors working, and even I was pretty shocked that he wanted to do it. It's one of those rare things where it turned out better than I [expected]. Look, there's a lot of really good actors who wanted to do it even before I wrote my script. I'm not just saying this, but I cannot think of a better person to play Bruce Banner. In this case, Ed Norton would have been at the top of my list.

"To me, the thing about Bruce is that he's a physicist, he's a super-smart guy who has a lot of repressed anger. To me, that is the essential thing you need to know about him. He could be tall or short, but you have to believe that he's a physicist, you have to believe that life is frustrating for him physically. Ed went to Yale. He's a really smart guy. He has an intelligence that you can see on-screen, which a lot of people who are great actors don't project that. He projects the guy that is smarter than you, and he also projects anger in a lot of his movies, 'Fight Club' being the most obvious example. If you think about 'Fight Club,' he has a lot of similarities to the Hulk as a character. Tyler Durden is his Hulk."

We also asked Penn to describe his take on the movie in terms of whether it's a sequel, a revamp or something different. "It's not going to be a sequel, but it's hard to describe," he admitted. "The best description I would say is something like 'Batman Begins' where it's not necessarily out of continuity with the other movies, though that was more of an origin story. It's much more of a reboot, the way that 'Aliens' is a sequel to 'Alien,' but the kinds of movie are different. It keeps the mythology of the worlds, but it's a totally different structure. It's more of an action movie than the first one was. This one is much more of a thriller, I would say. I don't think it's unfair to say like a 'Bourne Identity' type feeling to it. Certainly I've mentioned that the Bruce Jones comic book run were very influential or the TV series. It definitely harkens back much more to that, emphasizing a guy on the run with a secret, who cannot feel emotion and cannot risk having any close relationships with people for fear what it's going to do to them."

"The first movie is not about Bruce Banner dealing with the repercussions of being the Hulk, it's much more about him becoming the Hulk," he continued. "He gets taken to a base and put under observation pretty quickly. This movie is about Bruce Banner on the run and what life is like. There's stuff that I didn't want to deal with that was in the first movie. You're not going to see anything about his father or his experiments or anything, because to me, as a fan, that was the part that I found most frustrating and nooooooo dogs. I liked the fight, but I didn't like the poodle."

"There's a lot of skepticism towards this project, particularly online, despite the first movie, it's not just that," Penn opined to us, realizing the hurdles the second movie has to face. "Every time I go online and I read these people talking about 'X-Men 3.' I mean some of the vitriol I hear about that, which I think is just crazy and out of proportion to what they're watching. It makes it hard on me sometimes, because I'm the only one in the process who really goes online and reads all that sh*t. I grew up as a comic book geek, so it's kind of hard for me not to stay interested in what the fans are interested in. I love the Hulk. I think it's a great character. I've always loved the comic book and I loved the TV series. There was things about the first movie that disappointed me, too, or confused me or frustrated me, and there's some sh*t that I thought was awesome in it, too. But why give up on the franchise? If there's a weird issue of the Hulk, I don't stop writing it. I understand people's skepticism, that makes for a good story or a good post online, but I always believed in the idea, and I'm really psyched to see someone like Ed Norton [doing this]. To me, that's very validating in my belief in the project."

With the second piece of casting in place for Marvel Films, they theoretically have actors to play two of the heroes who might end up being part of an Avengers movie, which conveniently enough, Penn has also been assigned to write. We asked Penn what he thought about having the actors now cast to play Iron Man and the Hulk appearing in Marvel's first team-up movie. "The truth is that would be ideal. The original plan when I talked to Kevin Feige [Marvel Film's President of Production] was that when we make an 'Avengers' movie, it should be the first time that the characters cross-over. It's what every fan has always wanted to see, is where you're watching the movie and there's Robert Downey Jr. and the Hulk intersects with the story. To be totally honest with you, I'm not even going to get started on that for a while. We've talked about it, but there's no point in dealing with it until after these movies even come out. What's great is that with Marvel, they own all the properties, so they can do it if they want to. I think a lot of it will depend on how 'Iron Man' and the 'Hulk' do. I've written a lot of comic book movies, and I need to take a little bit of a break first before I start writing that one."

"I've seen a lot of the 'Iron Man' stuff and that movie is going to kick ass," Penn raved about Jon Favreau's Iron Man movie, which is scheduled to come out a month before Penn's movie. "I'm not like someone who would tell you that if I didn't think it, but I was pretty impressed with what I saw down there and Favreau seems to be really on top of his sh*t. I think the cast of that movie is amazing."

"Marvel has done an incredible job of casting their first two movies so far, and I hope fans see that, too," Penn concluded. "To me, as a comic book fan, that is tremendously good news. Marvel's success would be an incredibly good thing for fans of comic books and sci-fi, because it would be good in terms of how much of the canon would continue to get turned into films, which to me, is exciting."

Check in the next couple weeks for a full interview with Penn talking about his new movie The Grand, premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 27, which should do for poker tournaments what Best in Show did for dog shows. Iron Man is scheduled to open May 2, 2008 while The Incredible Hulk is scheduled to open a month later on June 13, 2008.

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April 17, 2007

The Incredible Hulk Plot/Synopsis

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The story unfolds when the pursuit for The Hulk – the world's most misunderstood, primal force of fury – heats up, finding Bruce Banner on the run attempting to cure his condition before his pursuers capture him.

I really like the acknowledgment of The Hulk as "the world's most misunderstood, primal force of fury". This has me excited for the possibilities of this film and relieved that this film does not appear to be shaping up to be the "Hulk-lite" film that was mentioned before. How can it when the main protagonist is described as "a Primal Force of Fury", the director himself has referred to the Hulk as "Frankenstein meets Doctor Jekyll with a little bit of Edward Scissorhands" and the main lead has starred in serious roles ranging from Fight Club to American History X? Hulk fans should be pleased with this news.


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April 18, 2007

Marvel And Sega Partner To Create New Hulk Video Game

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Marvel Entertainment and SEGA Partner to Create Captain America, the Incredible Hulk and Thor Video Games

Marvel Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:MVL), SEGA® Europe Ltd and SEGA® of America, Inc. have expanded their relationship to include the rights to develop and distribute games inspired by Marvel’s Hall-of-Fame franchises -- Captain America, The Incredible Hulk and Thor. Through the exclusive, multi-year global licensing agreement, SEGA will create titles for console, handheld and PC platforms based upon both the classic comic books and planned feature film adaptations of these world-renowned Super Heroes. The deal follows Marvel and SEGA’s announcement to create titles based on Super Hero favorite Iron Man, with both game and film slated to be released in May 2008.

Under the expanded agreement, SEGA will develop a title to be based on Marvel Studios' highly-anticipated The Incredible Hulk feature film. Hitting theaters June 13, 2008, the film will return the larger-than-life Super Hero to the roots of the long-running comic series and television show with an all-new action-packed storyline directed by Louis Leterrier (Transporter 2, Unleashed). The Incredible Hulk video game will be released in the same timeframe as the film. Games based on Captain America and Thor will follow, though the timing of those feature film projects, currently in development, has not yet been determined.

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More On Sega/Marvel Partnership

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Video game publisher Sega has expanded its relationship with Marvel Entertainment, adding superheroes Captain America, the Incredible Hulk and Thor to its stable with exclusive multiyear deals.

Sega has a developer at work on the "Hulk" game, which is expected to ship in conjunction with the June 2008 release of the Universal Pictures film starring Edward Norton as David Banner.

Vivendi Universal Games came out with a "Hulk" game in 2003 based on the Ang Lee film.

Simon Jeffery, president and COO of Sega of America, said all four games will be developed in North America. The "Iron Man" game, which is being developed internally at Sega, is using next-generation technology.

Marvel Studios chairman David Maisel said games are an ideal medium to showcase the appeal and excitement of the superhero franchises.

"These franchises represent three of Marvel's most popular characters and lend themselves to captivating game play," he said. "We have already seen Sega's passion for the Marvel universe through the early development of the 'Iron Man' game, and we look forward to working closely with them over the next few years to maximize the potential of these franchises in the interactive entertainment space."

Jeffery added: "It's a collaborative process. We work closely with Marvel Studios, with ('Iron Man' director) Jon Favreau and with the design and FX teams. It is vital that the game feels like the movie; it is being designed primarily on the next-gen gaming systems."

Part of that collaborative process will include incorporating film cast members into the game with likenesses and voice work. Marvel has worked with Activision to get key members from the 'Spider-Man' and 'X-Men' casts involved with voice acting for the games.

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April 20, 2007

Grey Hulk?

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At the Spiderman 3 junket earlier today I was able to ask Avi Arad some questions about the new Hulk movie and he basically let it slip that the new Hulk will be GREY, not green.

Frosty: With the Hulk coming next year you have to be far along with the script and I'm curious what can you tell us about the story and are you going to incorporate any of the CGI that you developed for the first film or the effects?

Avi: None. No. It's a new Hulk, new direction, new size, new color, new attitude. Anything that was done before is not in this movie. It's a very different kind of Hulk. It's more of a love story; it's more of a heroic Hulk. It's a kind of Hulk we loved in the show, so it's kind of more influenced by the show than anything else. It's very human, very touching, and huge action. Louis Leterrier has a unique filming style that will be great here and it's going to be spectacular.

Frosty: Any truth to a grey Hulk?

(When I asked that question he seemed almost taken aback, like he wasn't ready for it even though he had just said "new color") Then, after a pause, he said, "We'll see, I don't know."

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April 23, 2007

The Hulk Isn't Grey After All!

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You know this ‘The Hulk may be grey in the new Incredible Hulk movie’ business that’s been floating around the internet for the last couple of days? Well, as it turns out, he won’t be. Move along, nothing to see here!

How do we know this? Well, just this afternoon we spoke exclusively to Avi Arad, ace comic book movie producer and the guy whose casual mention of a ‘new colour’ at a round table in LA sparked a net-geek frenzy on a scale rarely seen, and he confirmed it. Simple.

“It was a joke!” laughs Arad, in town to talk up Spider-Man 3, which opens on May 4. “Here’s what it was. There were 30 people around a table, and they said ‘is there going to be a grey Hulk?’ And I was thinking about it and I said, ‘who knows?’ It was one of those moments. I had just got back from Japan and I was trying to talk about Spider-Man and this guy was pushing me on The Hulk so I thought I’ll be coy. I don’t know what colour it is, and all of a sudden it’s headline news.”

But Arad did mention a new colour – so will the eponymous star of Louis Letterier’s movie, due out in 2008, still be green? Or orange? Or pink with yellow stripes?

“It’s a different shade of green,” confirms Arad. “But the colour is not like the old Hulk. And no, there’s no grey Hulk.”

Talk of a grey Hulk had led to fevered speculation that this version of Ol’ Green/Greyskin would have some intelligence, and even be able to speak, much like the grey Hulk in the comic books. However, not content with debunking one rumour, Avi swiftly shot down another.

“He’ll be instinctive, like a primal creature. That’s what’s interesting. There’s no smarts. My dog is the gentlest animal out there, but he hates the plumber. He won’t fight with anybody, hates the plumber!”

Of course, The Hulk will be taking on a bigger foe than The Plumber in The Incredible Hulk, namely The Abomination, but Arad is adamant that Marvel and Universal are heading in the right direction with the movie, particularly the casting. Last week’s news that Edward Norton – indie darling and star of resolutely uncommercial films, for the most part – had signed on to play Bruce Banner. Especially when it was further revealed that he had actually turned down the Ang Lee version, in 2003. So, why the change of heart for Norton?

“I think we have a much better story,” reveals Arad. “I think he likes Louis Leterrier. It’s a very different movie, one of my personal goals was to make another Hulk movie where Hulk is heroic, lovable, the real Frankenstein story. That’s what we set out to do. To me, I was stuck – literally – if it wasn’t Ed Norton. I was sitting, thinking ‘he has to make it happen’.”

Arad also mentioned that the casting of “an amazing” Betty – Banner’s love interest – should be confirmed within the next couple of days. Keep ‘em peeled, people!

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April 25, 2007

Avi Arad on The Incredible Hulk!

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We recently caught up with Producer Avi Arad at a press junket promoting Spider-Man 3. He discussed a lot of things including details about The Incredible Hulk.

Do you think Edward Norton is a good choice for The Incredible Hulk?

Avi Arad: Edward Norton is a great choice for anything. He's just a great choice period.

Edward Norton is such a bold casting choice. How do you get someone of that caliber to sign on? How did that come about?

Avi Arad: We let him read the script, let him meet the team, let him understand what the character is about, what the journey is about. He actually turned down Hulk 1. So, I guess the second time around was more convincing.

What made him change his mind this time?

Avi Arad: I think he thought he wasn't ready or people have... in all fairness, I think Spider-Man and X-Men... made actors of this caliber really interested in our kind of movies. They realized that they can tell a story in a real special way. The creature still contained the character of the actor. If you look at the kind of choices that were done on Spider-Man 1, 2 and now 3, it gets their attention. People get attracted and they realize, "No, no, it's not about the action, it's about the story."

Robert Downey, Jr., to be in a superhero movie, if you talked about it 10 years ago he would have looked at you like, "Get out of here." This is the time of his life.

When you bring on people to these movies like Edward Norton or Robert Downey, Jr., do you get them to sign on for multiple pictures? Or, is it a balance? You get a big name but they only sign on for one film?

Avi Arad: It's a mixed bag. Some of them sign for multiple pictures. Our experience with these kinds of actors is they had a good experience, they want to stay with the character. Once you've formed the character you can make a movie this size, and that sophisticated, from a relationship standpoint, because Toby, Kirsten and James have that deep within their own characters. You can really take some risks. Acting is character development. So forget what a piece of paper says, if an actor doesn't want to do it, it doesn't matter what the contract says. They have to want to do it. You don't want somebody showing up on set just because they signed up for it. You want them to come in and have a great time.

The Incredible Hulk crashes into the theaters June 13, 2008 from Universal Pictures and Marvel Studios.

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May 1, 2007

Zak Penn on the Incredible Hulk

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As far as Hulk goes, Penn went into a lot of detail regarding his vision, and the way he approached the script. He squashed those gray Hulk rumors, saying Avi Arad "must have been mis-quoted," and there will not be a gray Hulk. And when I brought up further casting announcements, Penn said that we should be hearing some big news within the next few days.

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May 3, 2007

Abomination won't be called Abomination

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Penn says Abomination won't be called Abomination

May 3, 2007 - Writer-director Zak Penn is at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York this week to promote his new movie The Grand, but during his visit the man who helped write such films as X2 and X3 also proved willing to talk a bit about his various upcoming superhero movies. First off, he acknowledged today that rumors placing the Abomination as the villain in the next Hulk film are true… sort of.

"On The Hulk, one of the big discussions has been -- God, I hope I don't get in trouble for this -- the villain is going to be this character from the comics, the Abomination, who will not be called the Abomination out loud in the film because it's a silly, silly name," laughs Penn, who wrote the film. "It just is; it's so hard to work in. 'Hey, what should we call that guy?' 'He's an abomination!'"

In classic Marvel Comics continuity, the character was an Eastern Bloc spy who, like the Hulk, was transformed into a green-skinned, ultra-strong monster after getting a blast of radiation. Penn is fairly tightlipped about details regarding the film version of the character, but he does reveal a bit about the film's technical approach to him.

"It's definitely not all CGI," he says of the character. "Marvel will release casting when it happens. I don't even actually know right now. I'm sure it will come out soon. … But one of the things we talked about with the effects people, who had done X3 as well, is that when this guy transforms, he's not used to having these properties. Like he's much heavier, and we talked about how when he walks down the sidewalk, his weight destroys the sidewalk and he's tripping. [It's all about] the humanization of these kinds of superhero characters, showing the effects physics may actually have on [them]."

Penn says that he just finished his third draft of the script a couple of weeks ago for director Louis Leterrier (The Transporter) and star Edward Norton and that the production end of things is more or less "off and running." And as for comparisons to Ang Lee's Hulk film from 2003? Penn seems fairly frank on that matter.

"I think that Ang Lee is a fantastic director and there's incredible, incredible stuff in the first movie, but I don't think that it captured the things that are interesting about the Hulk," says Penn. "One of the things that appealed to me as kid about reading The Hulk is in no way is the Hulk a superhero story. It is simply not. Spider-Man is a superhero. He puts on a costume and he fights crime. The Hulk is a Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein horror comic. That's what it is, period. He's a man cursed with turning into his repressed id, that's it. And to me, that's a very powerful idea. Cronenberg's The Fly is one of my favorite movies ever made, literally I think it's a fantastic film. And to me, that [Hulk] film was not made -- the first Hulk was not that film. It was not about the torment of being a person who cannot afford to feel anxiety in modern culture, which is to me the strength and power of The Hulk movie. Other things were done, they did some cool s--t, whatever, great in its own way. But we didn't make that movie and Marvel wanted to make that movie and they still want to make that movie and now we are."

The casting of Norton as Banner has Penn as excited as many fans, apparently.

"Ed Norton playing that role," laughs Penn. "Fight Club is kind of about a guy who's a lot like Bruce Banner. So I think that's the goal, to go back and make that Hulk movie that didn't get made. And as to why now as opposed to later … it has more to do with Marvel as a company and the fact that they started their own studio, etc., etc. I think if they had made that movie and failed, we wouldn't be making the sequel."

I for one think that this is great news. You'll remember that in 2003's "Hulk", the Hulk is only referred to as "The Hulk" once, when Bruce and Betty are in the cabin after the fight with the gamma dogs. Bruce says:

"He wanted me to change, he wanted me to change into that mindless Hulk"

For the rest of the film the Hulk is mostly referred to mostly as "Angry Man". I thought that it made for a more realistic portrayal. So as far as the Abomination goes, as long as he remains Emil Blonsky, I think that it's a good idea. Although it would be nice to throw in a "I've Abomination" somewhere in there as a nod to the character.


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Green light for Tyler as 'Hulk' flame

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Liv Tyler will star opposite Ed Norton in Marvel Studios' "The Incredible Hulk," signing on to play Betty Ross, the longtime love interest of Dr. Bruce Banner/the Hulk. Louis Leterrier is directing the movie, which is being produced by Avi Arad, Gale Anne Hurd and Kevin Feige.

Ross, a classic "Hulk" character from the comic book's beginning in 1962, is Banner's fellow scientist and an ally in his quest to rid him of his lurking monster deep inside. The movie will unfold with Ross estranged from Banner (Norton), but with the pursuit of the Hulk heating up and Banner on the run trying to cure his condition, Ross finds herself swept back into his life.

Jennifer Connelly played the character in the 2003 movie "Hulk," directed by Ang Lee.

Filming on the new "Hulk" is slated to begin in the summer in Toronto. Universal Pictures is distributing.

The film is being executive produced by Jim Van Wyck, David Maisel, Arad and Stan Lee.

Tyler, who gained international recognition as Arwen in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, was most recently seen in Mike Binder's "Reign Over Me," with Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle. Her upcoming films include the indie comedy "Smother" and the horror thriller "The Strangers."

Tyler is repped by UTA and the Schiff Co.

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May 4, 2007

More Zak Penn On Hulk

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Cinematical: Now, next up for you is The Incredible Hulk. How do you feel about the casting of Edward Norton?

ZP: Great. I think he's the perfect choice for the part. I think he was the perfect choice for the part to begin with. Ya know, it's weird for me being back here, because I had an office in Tribeca about 10, 11 years ago when I first wrote a version of The Hulk. That version got thrown out immediately. I wrote a draft that's very similar to the one they're doing now, because I said lets go back more to the feel of The Fugitive -- make it a little bit more like an action-thriller. All that originally got thrown out. And back then, I thought Ed Norton would be the perfect person. So, I don't think you could pick a better actor to be in that role, honestly. I'm as thrilled about that casting than anything I've ever been involved with.

Cinematical: So how's it different from the last film? What's your version like?

ZP: Well I felt that there's shit in the first movie that I thought was extraordinary. I watched the movie a bunch of times now, and I'll admit that the first time I watched it, I didn't love it. But the more I watched it, I thought it was a very interesting movie. The action scenes are spectacular. That said, as a Hulk fan there are parts of it I just don't like. I don't like how there's a poodle that he fights. That bothers me. I don't like the stuff they did with his father. Ya know, I think Nick Nolte is a great actor -- and I don't even think he's bad in the movie -- I just don't like the way they changed his origin. To me, there's something so perfect about the origin of the Hulk -- making it so that his father is to blame for what he's become just drives me nuts. So I had a bunch of quibbles with the first movie, which I said I want to get away from those things. I read the beginning of the Bruce Jones comic book. I don't know if you know much about the comic book, but there's this guy Bruce Jones who wrote a bunch of issues and apparently a lot of people don't like the later issues he wrote -- which, I dunno, I read a graphic novel of the first ten issues that he wrote which was just fantastic. It had a great tone, really stripped down -- Banner on the run, having to keep his secret, etc ... And that inspired me. And I realized it was the same thing I liked about the TV show. It's the essential idea that a guy who cannot afford to get anxious, who cannot afford to feel anxiety, who is stuck in the modern world and he's on the run having to protect his identity from anyone he meets -- and also tremendously worried about what he'll do to anyone who's around him. To me, that's the center of the movie. That's what the movie has to be organized around; all the other details have to operate around that. So that's kind of where I started from and that's the movie I think you're going to get.

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The Incredible Hulk To Start Filming In Toronto On June 25th

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Here's how Marvel describes Tyler's part in the film's story:

"As Betty Ross, Tyler will take on the lead female role. Ross is a scientist and has been Bruce Banner's key ally in the quest to rid him of the Hulk. Bruce's condition has immensely complicated their longtime romance, and has finally forced Betty to try to put the past behind her. The new movie's story unfolds when the pursuit for The Hulk - the world's most misunderstood, primal force of fury - heats up, finding Bruce Banner on the run attempting to cure his condition before his pursuers capture him. This chase is something that Betty cannot ignore - sweeping her right back into Bruce's life and the heart-pounding action that follows."

Tyler, 29, has been in more than a dozen films. Her credits include Armageddon and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

"Liv is not only a classic Hollywood beauty, but an undeniable talent. Her roles in such blockbusters as The Lord of the Rings and indie favorites like Stealing Beauty have helped her develop a unique blend of dramatic and action-adventure experience that are perfectly suited for taking on Betty Ross," said Kevin Feige, president of production, Marvel Studios. "We believe the chemistry between her and Edward Norton will explode on screen, adding another compelling dimension to the film."

Filming on The Incredible Hulk is scheduled to begin in Toronto on June 25.

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May 9, 2007

Roth Cast as 'Hulk' Villain the Abomination

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Actor to play Abomination

"The Incredible Hulk" will be matched against the oversized adversary Abomination, and Tim Roth will play the villain's alter ego, Emil Blonsky.

Roth joins Edward Norton and Liv Tyler in the Louis Leterrier-directed drama, which is being financed by Marvel Studios and distributed by Universal Pictures on June 13, 2008.

While Roth's deal is still being negotiated, he becomes the latest piece in a reinvention of a franchise, following the self-serious Ang Lee-directed "Hulk."

Blonsky is a KGB agent who deliberately exposes himself to the gamma rays that caused Bruce Banner to morph into the Hulk. Blonsky has upped the dosage, making him larger and stronger than the Hulk, but unable to change back to human form. He blames Banner for his problem, and makes his best efforts to destroy the Hulk.

"The Incredible Hulk" is being produced by Avi Arad, Gale Anne Hurd and Marvel's Feige. Jim Van Wyck, David Maisel, Ari Arad and Stan Lee are exec producing. Zak Penn wrote the script.

Roth stars this fall in "Youth Without Youth," the Francis Ford Coppola-directed drama for Sony Pictures Classics. He also stars with Naomi Watts in "Funny Games" for Warner Independent Pictures.

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May 15, 2007

New Louis Leterrier Interview: Translated Into English From French

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The Incredible Hulk : Interview/preview from Louis Leterrier.

When we last talked, you mentioned your dream of directing a major science fiction movie. Do you consider your dream achieved now that you’re directing Hulk 2?

Overachieved. I truly realize the great opportunity I have been given. In the actual state of pre-production, I can make the movie I really want.

How is it going between you, Marvel and Avi Arad?

Marvelously. And what’s extraordinary about Marvel, and more since they became independent, is that they are motivated people who want to make a good movie and are always looking for ideas to make it better. That’s the reason Ang Lee and Eric Bana were in the first movie. They are not the kind of people that obviously come to mind for making a production like this but are genuine artists that could elevate Hulk to something more than just a simple action film and, in my opinion, achieved it. Marvel gave them creative freedom, like they did with Sam Raimi on Spider-Man when hiring Tobey Maguire. Don't get me wrong, I would never compare myself to theses guys, that would be out of place, but now I better understand the pleasure they had making these movies the way they wanted.

Have you already selected your actors?

I have some ideas. I can tell you that they are not people you expect to see in these kinds of movies. Marvel and I agree on this and they consider that the movie doesn’t need an action hero like Bruce Willis or Tom Cruise.

What can you tell us about the story?

In fact, it’s the story that convinced me. The first time they contacted me, I was very hesitant. They came back because they loved Unleashed. We met and they told me about the story. I must admit, it took me 30 minutes to say yes. As a moviegoers and a fan of the character, they were handing me something I always dreamed to see on the big screen. It won’t be a sequel to Ang Lee’s film but it won’t be a remake or a re-imagining either. It will be a new adventure with different characters, new intrigue, new monsters. We will quickly get to the heart of the story because I think people know the character and I don’t want to shoot 45 minutes to get to the first Hulk-out or about the reasons that make him a monster. The first movie had a lot of Bruce Banner’s story and a little of Hulk’s. This one will be 50/50.

Rumor has it that you convinced everybody when you showed storyboards of two completely wild scenes that didn’t have anything to do with the original script. Is it true?

It’s Stéphane Levallois who works with me on the artistic direction of the film. Stéphane is an exceptional artist, rare and complete, and this movie needs his eye. As you must expect, I won’t tell you what those scenes are about but if I manage to put them on screen the way I imagined them, they’re going to be quite good. Avi Arad’s reaction was what I hoped for. He and his partners had never seen something like that in a movie and naturally wanted to have it in their own (laughs). And then we come back to the creative freedom we have been given; they changed the script to put those scenes in.

Lastly, what can we expect of the character’s design? Will you use the same as the previous movie?

No, he will be truly different. It’s in Stéphane Levallois’ hands. If you only take the face, it needs to be redesigned for the SFX , on one hand, but also because the first Hulk had a lot of Eric Bana. And if we’re going to have a different actor for Banner, the Hulk must also be different. Also, I don’t want to have a 45 feet tall Hulk that gets bigger when he gets madder. I don’t want to make Godzilla. This Hulk will be 9 feet tall and his height won’t change. I see this character as a tortured soul, prisoner of his superpowers and always on the run by fear of hurting others. If I need to state any references, I’d say mostly Jeckyl and Hyde, Frankenstein and even Edward Scissorhands.

Editor’s note : Obviously, Louis kindly gave us the scoop on some new infos regarding the script and the special effects. But we can’t talk about it right now. We’ll get back to it in time…

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So here are the parts that have me excited:

LL: It won’t be a sequel to Ang Lee’s film but it won’t be a remake or a re-imagining either. It will be a new adventure with different characters, new intrigue, new monsters. We will quickly get to the heart of the story because I think people know the character and I don’t want to shoot 45 minutes to get to the first Hulk-out or about the reasons that make him a monster. The first movie had a lot of Bruce Banner’s story and a little of Hulk’s. This one will be 50/50.

So there it is, straight from the horse's mouth. NOT a re-boot, not a re-imagining, simply a new adventure staring the Hulk. I've posted as such numerous times, but it seems many are hell-bent on using the terms re-boot or do-over. It is not. The first film set up Banner's predicament; he's a man who, it times of stress, turns into a monster. That's all you have to know going into this film.

Interviewer: Lastly, what can we expect of the character’s design? Will you use the same as the previous movie?

No, he will be truly different...Also, I don’t want to have a 45 feet tall Hulk that gets bigger when he gets madder. I don’t want to make Godzilla. This Hulk will be 9 feet tall and his height won’t change.

So for those (myself included) that disliked the height of the Hulk from the last film, this is indeed great news!

And finally:

I see this character as a tortured soul, prisoner of his superpowers and always on the run by fear of hurting others. If I need to state any references, I’d say mostly Jeckyl and Hyde, Frankenstein and even Edward Scissorhands.

Haven't seen Edward Scissorhands in years, but "tortured soul, prisoner of his superpowers and always on the run by fear of hurting others" is quite promising. I liked the first film, quite a bit actually. An unpopular statement perhaps, but it is how I really feel. But what the first film lacked was this aspect of Banner's character. That he is a doomed man, a walking WMD. It is what made the television show so great. It wasn't the effects, it wasn't Ferrigno, it wasn't that Banner was a "man on the run"; what makes the show memorable 30 years later is the fact that the audience had a great deal of pathos for Banner and his plight. I sincerely hope that this new film can capture this aspect of the character, and I know that Norton is up to the task.

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May 18, 2007

Zak Penn Talks Hulk’s Color And ‘Avengers’ Movie Plans

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Don’t make “The Incredible Hulk” screenwriter Zak Penn angry…you wouldn’t like him when he’s angry. How can you avoid it? Don’t ask him if his latest incarnation of the classic Marvel superhero will be grey.

“That’s just a mistake, it’s not going to be grey. Of course he’s going to be green,” Penn admonished, responding to rumors circulating about a color change for the iconic mutant. In fact, Penn himself is green with envy over the way the Incredible Hulk was portrayed in the Lou Ferrigno television show, and told MTV that he wants the character to move in the direction of these classic roots. “I always felt about Ferrigno and the makeup was a much more naturalistic version of the Hulk. And that’s what we’re trying to go back to. His skin will appear more real,” Penn divulged. “In the first movie he was so green. He’s not going to be bright green.”

It’s a move towards realism that Penn hopes will permeate the reboot. “It’s not going to have the split screen and all that stuff because it’s more like a real thriller, man on the run, fugitive style movie,” Penn revealed of the flick’s plot. “That’s what I want to see.”

In a few years, the only thing greener than Hulk might be the money the character pulls in. Hulk will most likely also appear in an “Avengers” movie Penn is scripting, the screenwriter confessed.

“‘Avengers’ is definitely going to happen; the idea was always to do a crossover with multiple superheros,” he revealed of the superhero tag team group, Marvel’s answer to DC’s Justice League. “I’m waiting to let ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Hulk’ come out because those are two characters that could appear in it. I used to think that movie would be impossible to make but now I feel like it’s not.”

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May 27, 2007

The Incredible Hulk Synopsis

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The explosive, action-packed adventure in one of the all-time most popular superhero sagas unfolds with a cure in reach for the world's most primal force of fury: THE INCREDIBLE HULK. We find scientist Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) living in shadows, scouring the planet for an antidote. But the warmongers who dream of abusing his powers won't leave him alone, nor will his need to be with the only woman he has ever loved, Betty Ross (Liv Tyler).

Upon returning to civilization, our brilliant doctor is ruthlessly pursued by The Abomination (Tim Roth) -- a nightmarish beast of pure adrenaline and aggression whose powers match The Hulk's own. A fight of comic-book proportions ensues as Banner must call upon the hero within to rescue New York City from total destruction. And on June 13, 2008, one scientist must make an agonizing final choice -- accept a peaceful life as Bruce Banner or the creature he could permanently become: THE INCREDIBLE HULK.

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June 1, 2007

The Incredible Hulk To Film Through October 24th

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Summer is almost here and the stars are coming out in Canada.

The biggest movie filming this summer in Toronto is The Incredible Hulk, starring Edward Norton, Liv Tyler and Tim Roth. Production is scheduled to go until Oct. 24 with Louis Leterrier (The Transporter) at the helm.

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June 13, 2007

Hurt hurtling to 'Hulk' cast

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William Hurt has joined the all-star cast of Marvel Studios' "The Incredible Hulk."

The movie, which Louis Leterrier is directing, sees Bruce Banner/Hulk on the run, trying to avoid capture long enough to cure the condition that turns him into a monster. Hurt will play Gen. Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, the man who has dedicated his life to capturing the Hulk -- and who also is the father of Banner's love interest, Betty Ross.

"Hulk" is shaping up to having one of the stronger comic book movie casts in quite a while as Hurt joins two-time Oscar nominee Edward Norton, who is playing Banner, Liv Tyler as Betty and Tim Roth as villain Emil Blonsky/the Abomination.

Zak Penn wrote the latest big-screen adventure of the green goliath, which Universal Pictures is distributing.

The film is being produced by Avi Arad, Gale Anne Hurd and Kevin Feige, while Jim Van Wyck, David Maisel, Ari Arad and Stan Lee executive produce. Shooting is slated to begin this summer in Toronto.

Hurt, who won an Academy Award for best actor for his work in 1985's "Kiss of the Spider Woman," has been nominated for the golden statuette multiple times, most recently for "A History of Violence." He recently co-starred in "The Good Shepherd" and "Mr. Brooks" and next appears in the comedy "Noise" and the drama "Vantage Point."

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June 14, 2007

Interview: Kevin Feige on Marvel's Upcoming Films

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Yesterday the IESB, along with a group of online press, visited the set of Iron Man and had the opportunity to talk Kevin about the Marvel’s upcoming slate.

Kevin Feige: We’ve got the Incredible Hulk that will go into production, the day that [Iron Man] goes into post on July 9th, Hulk starts production in Toronto…We’ve just cast William Hurt, we announced that today, I will be headed to Toronto and the end of next week.

Q: How is this Hulk, the Incredible Hulk, going to be different from the first one?

KF: The Hulk movie will be different from the first one because this one will be good. (laughter) I really was looking, and we’re joking about it, but there were certain elements from the first film that I am very proud of and there are other elements that I am not. And the cast of the first film was spectacular, it was a great cast, you couldn’t ask for a better cast to come together than it did on that first movie, Eric Bana was great and frankly they were all great. But, in looking to reboot and start the franchise fresh and new, we wanted to start with a clean slate and it wasn’t, frankly, Eric Bana that I was looking at and saying we need to sort of improve upon, it was Bill Bixby. Because Bill Bixby is really, what I believe most of the fans and most of the audience have looked to when they think of Bruce Banner, when they think of that classic Hulk storyline. And I was thinking, who is that today? Who can get that kind of empathy across and who is just a great actor in any medium? And we started talking about someone like Ed Norton. It’s your dream in movies like this when you go from, “hey it would be great to have somebody like this!” And end up actually getting that person you were basing everything on.

Q: Did you think having the panel style of storytelling in that movie took away from the story?

KF: I don’t think it took away from the story I think it was very cool. I don’t think to make a comic book movie you have to have comic book panels going around. I think Spider-Man, Sam did an amazing job translating it and there weren’t any panels floating around. But, yes I thought he and his editorial staff did a great job on some pretty nifty transitions.

Q: What’s the budget going to be for Hulk?

KF:…the budget on Hulk is still coming together. Still coming together and you start July 9th you ask? Yes, it’s still coming together. (laughter) But, we’ll spend what it takes, we’ll spend the amount of money it takes to bring our man to life and the money it takes to bring Hulk to life.

Q: You’ve partnered up again with Universal to distribute, was that a contractual obligation or a choice?

KF: Part of it was that, part of it was continuity and energy that can be involved with NBC Universal. Mainly thought it was based on, yes, the relationship from the first film and certain agreements on getting the rights back.

Q: Hulk, when it comes to getting it out to the populace, how are you guys going to convince them to forget the last movie, this is the Hulk movie you should see. Are you going to let that stay in Universal’s hands and let them figure out how to market it?

KF: Certainly that’s their job on the film, to market it and to sell it. We have a lot of participation in that but I think it’s the same as with any movie. I think the casting announcements that we’ve given have given everybody pause, certainly looking at it in a new light as something interesting and worth a second look, I think that is a big part of it, I also think when people see a kick ass trailer it will change their mind. And when they see the redesign of the character and see the new texture and the new tone and the new vibe and the fun and the action and the smashing, that that will change everything. It’s very similar to, it’s any movie. I always thought Transformers would be a really cool film, I played with the toys as a kid. But, when I saw the first couple spots I said, I don’t know, but the most recent spots I saw I said, “buy me a ticket now!” And it’s that same kind of idea.

Q: Do you have a rating in mind for the Hulk, PG-13 or PG?

KF: PG-13.

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June 17, 2007

With 'The Incredible Hulk,' Marvel Rolls Out Risky Gambit

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Earlier this month David Maisel, the newly minted chairman of Marvel Studios, was discussing plot points in his Beverly Hills office with Edward Norton, the Academy Award-nominated actor whom he has cast as the star of a new version of "The Incredible Hulk."

"It's a nice environment," Maisel said the next day, in an interview in that same office. "Some guys in their 30s sitting around and talking about a script, planning the movie. Edward is so into the Hulk."

No longer content to hand the actual movie making and most of the profits to the studios, Maisel and Marvel are able to go ahead with movies of their choosing at budgets as high as $165 million, backed by $525 million of financing.

"I don't think there's been a new studio making $100 million movies since DreamWorks," he said. "We're going Hollywood, but in a smart way."

Whether Maisel's claim proves true or merely another example of Hollywood hubris will be determined over the next several years, beginning in May and June of 2008 with the release of its first two self-financed films, "Iron Man" (starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow) and "The Incredible Hulk." Maisel plans to release as many as 10 self-financed films in the next five years.

By making his own movies from other Marvel characters, Maisel hopes to transform his division of Marvel Entertainment into a true filmmaking brand, maintaining control from script to release, keeping all the profits for the company and building a film library, while using someone else's capital.

Paramount will market and distribute the movies, for a fee. (Universal, which produced 2003's "Hulk" by the director Ang Lee but sold back the rights to Marvel after its disappointing box-office performance, will handle the sequels.)

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June 18, 2007

Marvel Inks Two New Licensing Deals

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Marvel Entertainment Inc., a licensing, publishing, toy making and film production company, said Monday it signed new licensing deals with Fruit of the Loom and Crocs Inc.

Fruit of the Loom will create children's underwear lines using several Marvel characters including Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk.

Under its deal with Crocs, the footwear company will develop a line of Crocs footwear featuring Marvel characters such as Spider-Man, X-Men and Fantastic Four.

Marvel also extended an existing multi-year agreement with Kids Headquarters to expand Marvel-branded apparel to include merchandise based on its upcoming Incredible Hulk movie.

Financial terms of the agreements were not disclosed.

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June 20, 2007

UPDATED: The Incredible Hulk Teaser Image

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Check out Wizard’s photo below of “The Incredible Hulk” from the New York Licensing Show. A variation of this image first appeared earlier this month as an advertisement in many of Marvel's comic books.

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June 21, 2007

Kevin Feige: On The Record

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Last week, UGO was invited to the set of Paramount and Marvel Film's upcoming Iron Man movie (along with just about every other online media outlet ever created) to tour the sets, interview principle actors and get a pre-Comic Con sense of what to expect from one of this year's most anticipated comic-book adaptations. Though the bulk of what we saw and heard is still embargoed until September, we "were" given a green-light to post details on upcoming Marvel projects, given to us on set by Marvel Films president Kevin Feige.

The Incredible Hulk:

The Incredible Hulk will go into production on July 9th in Toronto, with William Hurt cast in the role of General Thunderbolt. Feige was also able to confirm a PG-13 rating.

Ultimate Avengers:

Last but not least, Feige doesn't rule out an Ultimate Avengers film in the near future. According to him, "what [prevented] certain characters from crossing over in the past [was] the fact they were all divvied up by different studios, and there [were] big giant gates between them. They couldn't play in the same sand box, and now that we have Hulk and Thor and Cap and Iron Man, it would certainly indicate to me it would be fun to see them play in the same sand box. But certainly we're introducing them and building them in there own franchises first." Theoretically, that could mean an Ultimate Avengers script in the works as early as 2009. Righteous.

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June 22, 2007

Incredible Hulk Producer Jim Van Wyck Interview

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He's big, he's green, and he's coming to CFB Trenton. And while he's there, things are bound to get smashed.

On July 26 and 27, crews filming the new movie The Incredible Hulk will arrive at the air base.

In a telephone interview from Toronto Thursday, executive producer Jim Van Wyck told The Intelligencer this incarnation of the superhero is a "total re-invention" from that seen in 2003's The Hulk.

"The Hulk is unbelievably amazing compared to the Hulk in the first film," Van Wyck said. "He's not the chlorophyll green he was in the first film."

Created by comic book legends Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the Hulk is one of the pillars of the Marvel Comics empire.

Brilliant scientist Bruce Banner turns into the Hulk, a powerful, rage-filled behemoth, when his emotions rise. The result is always chaos.

Van Wyck said everything about the new film, which is set for a June 13, 2008 release, is different. He said the new approach is "completely intentional."

"It's a standalone movie with respect to the first movie and respect to the TV series," said Van Wyck, whose credits include work on 16 Blocks, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Free Willy, Swordfish and The Babe.

"It's probably more loyal to the TV series than the first one was, but it is definitely an original."

"We've got an absolutely fantastic group of actors."

The Incredible Hulk stars Edward Norton, who reportedly turned down the role of Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight, next year's sequel to Batman Begins, to play Banner. He replaces Eric Bana.

Banner's fellow scientist Betty Ross is portrayed by Liv Tyler, who takes over from Jennifer Connelly.

The Hulk's arch-enemy, Betty's father Gen. Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, is played by William Hurt. Tim Roth has been recruited to play Emil Blonsky, also known as the monstrous Abomination.

Hurt and Roth are the only stars expected to be on location in Trenton, Van Wyck said.

"True to the comic books, Gen. Ross's lifelong obsession has become hunting down and capturing the Hulk. And Trenton fills in as his base of operation."

Van Wyck said 15 of the shoot's projected 18 weeks will be shot in Canada, mostly in Toronto and Hamilton. One week is devoted to New York, the other two in Rio de Janeiro.

He said the scenes involving Trenton are set at a secret military base that is never named.

"I think everybody that knows Trenton will recognize Trenton," he said, adding a CC-130 Hercules kept at the base will be a key part of the shooting.

"The folks at 8 Wing have been most gracious," he said. "One of the things I'm actually most excited about is I've asked them to explore the possibility of having the folks who work on the base there work as extras."

However, he said, that possibility is still being discussed.

Base public affairs officer Capt. Nicole Meszaros said staff are "excited" about playing host to the Hulk.

"I've learned a lot in terms of what it takes to put together a major movie like this," Meszaros said, adding base personnel are also glad that about 150 crew members will be staying in local hotels for a few nights.

Van Wyck said some of the required shots involve aircraft.

"We're going to shoot inside the retired C-130, and then we have some exterior scenes to play as well."

A few Huey helicopters will be brought in for the shoot, Van Wyck added.

The Hulk himself won't be seen in Trenton, he said, since the creature is entirely computer-generated by a team working under visual effects supervisor and co-producer Kurt Williams.

The Hollywood veteran said details of the script are top secret.

"All I can tell you is he's still being pursued," he said. "The Hulk is a good soul. He's a defensive creature.

"It's just when he's attacked that he responds ... The response is usually fairly devastating, and that's why he wants to find a cure: to rid himself of this thing that he becomes."

Louis Leterrier is directing the movie, and Van Wyck crew members are looking forward to having the "really talented" Leterrier at the helm.

"We're all excited about that opportunity."

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July 8, 2007

Hollywood hopefuls line up for The Hulk

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The prospect of being in a Hollywood movie alongside one of his comic book heroes and getting paid for it was too much for Dustin Widger to pass up Saturday afternoon.

So the 20-year-old Belleville man dropped into the Quinte Sports Centre to attend an open casting call for the movie, The Incredible Hulk, that will be released in June of 2008.

“I’m not an aspiring actor but it would be fun to do a movie... and make a little bit of cash,“ Widger said with a smile.

Kleiman Casting Ltd. of Toronto processed more than 200 movie-hopefuls over a three-hour period inside the hockey arena. Each person filled out a brief questionnaire listing some of their physical attributes, any experience they had with the military, weapons or firearms training, marital arts, sports, and whether they had a special driver’s licence and even a pilot’s licence.

Every applicant had his or her photo taken by the Toronto casting firm.

Successful applicants will be notified over the next couple of weeks.

The company was looking for fit/athletic males and females, 18 years of age and older, who were interested in playing soldiers in the movie being produced by Marvel Enterprises, creators of The Incredible Hulk comic books.

Local filming for the movie is scheduled to take place July 26 and 27 at CFB Trenton.

As extras, the chosen soldiers would be paid $10 an hour. Their work day would run from 12 to 16 hours both July 26 and 27.

Michaela McCrady, 18, is hoping to be selected.

“I thought it would be fun to be part of the Hulk and save some money for university,“ said the 18-year-old who just graduated from Nicholson Catholic College.

McCrady took drama in high school, has done theatre camps and plans to take more drama courses when she enters university next year.

Being in a movie, she noted, would give her a one-of-a-kind experience.

“You have nothing to lose trying,“ she said.

Older adults also waited in line for a shot at movie stardom.

Lindsay Thomson, 47, of Belleville, said it would be an interesting experience to be in a movie.

“But I really want to see how they shoot a movie,“ he said.

He’s also prepared to do whatever it takes when the director yells ‘action.’

“I feel I’m in shape and I’m ready to do whatever it takes as a soldier in the movie,“ said Thomson.

Dave Daley, 44, of Trenton, said curiosity got the better of him.

“My daughters are all excited about me trying out for a movie,“ said Daley, a captain with the machine shop at CFB Trenton.

“I think it’s really interesting to see how it’s all done and I’m willing to do any part,“ he said.

Zameret Kleiman, of Kleiman Casting Ltd., said she is looking for between 35 and 50 people from the casting call.

“They will be strictly soldiers in the movie,“ she said.

“I was told to find some military types, male and female. I’m very impressed with the look of the people who came here. We have a lot of great choices.“

Kleiman said she will study all the applicants’ photographs and narrow them down to a manageable number.

“I’ll show the photos to the director of the movie and he’ll make the final cuts,“ she said.

The director, Louis Leterrier, is making the sequel to the original Hulk movie directed by Ang Lee and released in 2003.

The new movie will star Edward Norton in the title role and, of course, dozens of soldiers selected from Saturday’s casting call.

“We’ll definitely get what we need and what we came here for today,“ Kleiman said confidently.

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July 12, 2007

Hulk Smash Brazil

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An article on Extra Online claims that director Louis Leterrier and producers from the upcoming film visited Tavares Bastos, Brazil to scout locations a possible October shoot.

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July 16, 2007

Christina Cabot Joins The Cast of The Incredible Hulk

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Christina Cabot ("Fight Club") has joined the cast of Marvel Studios and Universal's "The Incredible Hulk," starring Edward Norton and Tim Roth. Louis Leterrier directs. Cabot will play an aide to General Ross (William Hurt), who pursues Norton's Bruce Banner. Lensing begins this summer in Toronto.

Thesp's credits include "Dancing at the Blue Iguana," "The Maldonado Miracle" and the upcoming "Pride and Glory," as well as HBO series "Tell Me You Love Me."

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July 18, 2007

Stan Lee on The Hulk

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With Who Wants to be a Superhero? Season 2 about to take flight on the SCI FI airwaves, we caught up with the almighty Stan Lee on a recent conference call to get the goods on what fans can expect from everyone's favorite "average Joe" crime fighters.

Lee and his thoughts on the next big screen version of The Incredible Hulk:

"I think it's a great idea because the Hulk is a terrific character and I think there were just a few things wrong with the first movie. I think those things can be rectified and remedied in the second movie, and I think the second movie will really surprise everybody. It'll be an enormous hit."

Stan Lee on the previous Ang Lee version of The Hulk:

"I was too busy admiring so many of the things that the director did, because he tried to get a unique comic book feeling into it; the way he laid one scene over another. I thought the way the special effects [were done] with the Hulk himself was very good. There was just some story points, which I think made it a little less pleasing to the audience than it should have been."

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July 22, 2007

The Incredible Hulk To Shoot In New York

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In addition to Toronto, it looks like The Incredible Hulk will also film in New York City, according to the City of New York Mayor's Office of Film Theatre & Broadcasting's website. The production set up an office there from June 23 until October 5.

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July 23, 2007

The Incredible Hulk To Be 'The Greenest Movie Ever'

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Film: EMA helps to heal the Green Scar
Org expands reach, assists the greening of 'Hulk'

The Environmental Media Assn. has spent the last 17 years singling out eco-conscious productions and corporate offices in the industry with its green seal designation, and as the number of eligible productions has grown, it looks to expand its influence by becoming an active part of productions.

The org is presently embroiled in creating a "green coach" program, which will send representatives to sets and offices to advise and observe. Last month EMA sent a green coach to the Gersh Agency, at the agency's request, and they plan to work closely with filmmakers on production of "The Incredible Hulk."

"Edward Norton told me he wants 'The Incredible Hulk' to be 'the greenest movie ever,' " says EMA president Debbie Levin. "So we've been working with (producer) Gale Anne Hurd and her team, just trying to see what we can do to push the envelope a little bit to make everything more eco-friendly."

The coaches will advise on myriad aspects of production - recommending purchases, suggesting ways to green the sets and, perhaps most tricky of all, helping producers navigate the fraught byways of carbon-offsetting.

"The carbon-offsetting business is kind of like the Wild West," Levin says. "You've got companies that are just saying, 'well, I'm going to plant a tree.' That doesn't do it anymore. What we really need are companies that are going to invest in wind farms in a third-world country, or solar power in a village, or doing research to try to work with different kinds of fuel. That's what we want to guide productions to."

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July 25, 2007

The Incredible Hulk Smashes Comic-Con

The annual San Diego Comic Con starts today, and this will be our first chance to hear about how The Incredible Hulk is progressing directly from Marvel Studios. The Marvel Studios presentation will take place this Saturday, July 28 in Hall H.

4:15-5:00 Marvel Studios— Marvel Studios proudly presents its Summer 2008 blockbuster line-up! First up, in association with Universal Pictures, comes Marvel's exciting new take on superhero icon The Incredible Hulk. Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt, director Louis Leterrier and producers Avi Arad, Gale Anne Hurd and Kevin Feige will be on hand to discuss. Next up, in association with Paramount Pictures, Marvel is proud to present the big screen debut of legendary Marvel hero Iron Man. Director Jon Favreau, producers Avi Arad, Kevin Feige, and Tony Stark himself, Robert Downey Jr., are proud to unveil exclusive, never before seen footage from the film. Don't miss this sneak peak at two of comics' biggest superheroes that is sure to be full of surprises. Hall H

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July 26, 2007

Tim Blake Nelson Cast As Samuel Sterns AKA The Leader

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Universal's 'Incredible Hulk' bulking up with Nelson

Tim Blake Nelson has joined the cast of Marvel Studios' "The Incredible Hulk."

The movie, which Louis Leterrier is directing, sees Bruce Banner/Hulk on the run, trying to avoid capture long enough to cure the condition that turns him into a monster.

Nelson will play a scientist named Samuel Sterns. In Hulk lore, Sterns, aka "The Leader," is one of the Hulk's major antagonists, a menial worker in a chemical research plant who is bombarded with gamma radiation. He emerges from his accident not only green-skinned but also superintelligent, with an oversized brain.

Nelson joins a strong comic book movie cast that includes two-time Oscar nominee Edward Norton (Banner), Liv Tyler (Betty Ross), Tim Roth (villain Emil Blonsky/the Abomination) and William Hurt (General Ross, Betty's father).

Zak Penn wrote the latest big-screen adventure of the green goliath, which Universal Pictures is distributing domestically June 13, 2008.

The film is being produced by Avi Arad, Gale Anne Hurd and Kevin Feige, while Jim Van Wyck, David Maisel, Ari Arad and Stan Lee executive produce.

Nelson has appeared in "Syriana," "O'Brother, Where Art Thou?" and the HBO telefilm "Warm Springs." He also wrote and directed the Holocaust drama "The Grey Zone." Nelson recently was cast in the Shakespeare in the Park production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," playing Quince for director Daniel Sullivan. The production opens Aug. 7.

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Get your mean, green Hulk fix at the Marvel panel on Saturday, July 28th at 4:15pm in Hall H. Actors Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, and director Louis Leterrier, along with producers Avi Arad and Gale Anne Hurd and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, will talk about the new film and answer questions from fans!

Calling all Hulk fans!

Are a Hulk superfan? Do you have a question for The Incredible Hulk filmmakers? Then stop by the Marvel Entertainment booth #2429 at Comic Con from 10-1 on Friday the 27th and 10-2 on Saturday the 28th, and ask the filmmakers of The Incredible Hulk your burning questions about the making of the movie. You could end up on the official movie website! Think you've got the best Hulk impression around? Show us what you've got!


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July 27, 2007

Official Incredible Hulk Website Open

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Hulk a Smash At CFB Trenton

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The Hulk has arrived. Sort of. Filming for The Incredible Hulk, the next cinematic take on the rage-filled giant of Marvel Comics fame, began in Trenton yesterday.

But don't look for any towering superheroes or explosions: the actual Hulk is an entirely digital character, and scenes being shot here are relatively quiet.

The loudest noise is likely to come from the Bell 212 Twin Huey helicopters rented by the production team.

"We're thrilled to be here," executive producer Jim Van Wyck said yesterday during a brief interview.

The first scene was being filmed near the passenger terminal along Highway 2 at the base's eastern limit. Crews were planning to be shooting between about 3 p.m. and 3 a.m. both yesterday and today.

"We're getting some footage of Hummers and commandos coming through a gate," Van Wyck said, as extras in green camouflage milled around near the crew.

He said the Trenton shooting will amount to "probably about five to 10 minutes" in the final feature and involve mostly shots on the runway, with some filming happening inside a Canadian CC-130 Hercules air transport.

"People that work here will certainly recognize the base" on the screen, he said. "We're very excited about shooting C-130s and the base."

He added that comes with its own challenges.

"The biggest thing is we're inside a restricted area and so we need constant help from the base, and they've been incredibly supportive and helpful," he said, giving special recognition to Capt. Nicole Meszaros, a public affairs officer at the base.

The movie stars Edward Norton as scientist-turned-superhero Bruce Banner and Liv Tyler as Betty Ross, Banner's girlfriend and fellow scientist.

William Hurt takes over the role of her father, the Hulk-hunting Gen. Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross.

Tim Roth is Emil Blonsky, who in the comic books becomes the supervillain known as the Abomination after exposing himself to the same radiation that unleashed Banner's inner Hulk.

Of the major players, only Hurt and Roth are here. Neither was on the set for yesterday's initial shot.

The extras, meanwhile, are playing U.S. soldiers.

"Pretty much everybody is from this area," said Van Wyck.

Marvel's typically secretive security on the set makes even the base's usual military restrictions seem easygoing. All photography apart from production stills is banned, and Van Wyck said apologetically that very little can be said about the actual plot.

"All I can tell you is he's still being pursued," he told The Intelligencer last month. "The Hulk is a good soul. He's a defensive creature.

"It's just when he's attacked that he responds ... The response is usually fairly devastating and that's why he wants to find a cure: to rid himself of this thing that he becomes."

The devastation, however, is being saved for locations such as Toronto and Hamilton, where the pyrotechnics will be used. No such special effects are being shot in Trenton, Van Wyck said.

Filming is expected to last 18 weeks: 15 in Canada, two in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and one in New York.

Louis Leterrier (The Transporter, Alien: Resurrection) is directing; the screenplay has been written by Zak Penn, who also wrote the last two X-Men films.

The Incredible Hulk hits theatres June 13, 2008.

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August 3, 2007

Comic Con Updates

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Sorry for the lack of recent updates. They will be up this by this weekend. In the meantime, please check the message boards for all the latest news on the Incredible Hulk.


June 7, 2008

The Incredible Hulk Review (SPOILERS)


Whether or not you enjoyed 2003's Hulk (and for the record I did) is irrelevant to your enjoyment of (or not) The Incredible Hulk (2008). The Incredible Hulk (2008) is an entirely different beast, and has about as much connection to Hulk (2003) as Universal's Frankenstein (1931) has with Hammer Film's Curse of Frankenstein (1957); although both films are based on the same character and share much of the supporting cast, they are completely independent of one one other and exist in their own universe.

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With that disclaimer out of the way, what is relevant to the enjoyment of The Incredible Hulk (2008)? Good question! Are you a fan of:

The Incredible Hulk comic book series?
The Incredible Hulk TV series?
The various Hulk animated series?
The Hulk: Ultimate Destruction Video Game?
Action/Adventure, Comic Book, Drama, Horror or Sci-Fi films?

If you are not a fan of any of these, sadly, you will probably not enjoy this film. But, if you enjoy just one of the items listed above, you will love this film!

The Incredible Hulk is a film based on Marvel's character The Hulk. Although the film is not based on any particular comic book, television show or video game, it does incorporate elements from all three genres, resulting in a very satisfying, pulse pounding 1 hour and fifty-five minute romp!

The film begins with a credit sequence that economically shows how Bruce Banner became the Hulk and brings us up to speed in regards to his current situation. Sitting in a chair very reminiscent to the one Bill Bixby's David Banner was sitting in when he subjected himself to an accidental overdose of gamma radiation, the experiment goes wrong and Bruce Hulks out. His love interest, Betty Ross is hurt in the ensuing rampage, cementing General Ross's (Betty's father and project leader) hate for Banner/Hulk. The credit sequence goes on to show that Bruce is now on the run, and through the clever use of newspaper headlines, how "Green Sasquatch" sightings are being reported all over the globe.

With the credit sequence now over, Banner now finds himself living in a favela (the Brazilian equivalent of a slum or shanty town) in Rio. He is trying to rid himself of the raging beast within, and is getting help from a mysterious Mr. Blue via an encrypted chat server. After yet another failure, Mr. Blue convinces Banner to send him a sample of his blood so that he may be of more help.

At about the same time, General Ross learns the current whereabouts of Banner and assembles a covert black ops team to take Banner in. This team is lead by one Emil Blonsky, a career soldier. Born in the Soviet Union but raised in England, he is currently on loan to General Ross via the British Armed forces.

What follows next is one of the most spectacular scenes of the film, and it's all real, no CG in sight.

For those of you that may be put off by the use of CG in the film, get over it! It's 2008 and the reality of the situation is that just about every film currently being released contains varying degrees of CG. The key to convincingly incorporating CG into a live action film is to only use CG when it is absolutely necessary. And when you are dealing with two 10-12 feet tall, monstrously proportioned, heavily muscled characters, CG is a must. But other than the exception of the Hulk and the Abomination, the rest of the film is green screen free. And the film is better for it.

Back to the favela rooftop chase scene; It is a pulse pounding, balls to the wall action sequence featuring Blonsky and crew chasing Banner over the rooftop slums of Rio. Casino Royal's opening chase scene in Madagascar was good; The Incredible Hulk's opening chase scene in Rio is better. Much better.

This scene leads directly to the second Hulk out (the credits being the first). The change occurs in the cover of darkness and is very evocative of the initial appearance of the Xenomorph in Alien. The Hulk is portrayed as a frightening, menacing creature lurking in the dark and snatching victims before anyone knows what is going on. The Hulk also speaks for the first time here; a very low, guttural "Leave me alone". But he is not left alone, and destruction ensues. When the Hulk finally does step out of the shadows we get a very clear look at his face. This is a weary and weathered Hulk; you can get the sense that he is tired of running, tired of being pursued, tired of being provoked. The CG is flawless; THIS is the image that should have been released as a high resolution wallpaper. The face is very reminiscent of a Sal Buscema/Bob Larkin Hulk and is intimidating/menacing/powerful.

When we next see Banner he is Guatemala, courtesy of the Hulk. While Banner begins the long trek back to the States in attempt to rid himself of the Hulk, General Ross fills Blonsky in on who/what Banner is and goads him into undergoing an experimental process first created in the early 1940's, codenamed Super Soldier. Blonsky is then injected with a low dose of a serum created by one Dr. Reinstein, whom comic book fans should recognize as the scientist responsible for transforming Steve Rodgers into Captain America. Marvel is definitely laying the foundation for their "Cinematic Universe" and fans will find these other easter eggs quite satisfying.

What happens next? Well while this is intended to be a spoiler filled review, it's not meant to be the Cliff's Notes version of the film and I'm not going to give a scene by scene breakdown.

But from this point in the film the plot is firmly established; Banner is back in the States looking for a cure and General Ross is in pursuit, determined to capture and weaponize him. Along the way Blonsky's mental state rapidly deteriorates as he seeks even more power than what Ross has already given him while Banner finds out that trusting 'Mr. Blue" (Samuel Sterns AKA The Leader) was perhaps not the best decision. All of this leads to a final showdown approximately 20 minutes in length that takes place in Manhattan between the Hulk and the Abomination. It is a fight that puts Iron Man's fight with The Iron Monger to shame, both in terms of ferocity and excitement. You get the sense that either the Hulk or the Abomination could take out both Iron Man and Iron Manger in just a few seconds. Speaking of Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk features Stark Tech throughout (the sound cannons WERE AWESOME!!) also similarly features a great epilogue scene, hinting at the coming formation of an Avengers team.

In summary, The Incredible Hulk is a fast paced, pulse pounding, action film. The majority of the characters are well thought out, developed and NOT one dimensional. There are nods to both the comic book and television series, and perhaps just as importantly, to 2005's Hulk Ultimate Destruction video game. The CG is almost perfect; the Abomination's CG is consistently good throughout and the Hulk looks great in almost every scene. The CG Hulk particularly shines during the cave scene with Betty, as he convincingly displays a wide range of emotions, and is perhaps my favorite scene of the film.

Which brings up an important point; though The Incredible Hulk IS a fast paced, balls to the wall action film, it IS also, at it's core, a love story between Bruce Banner and Betty Ross. Huh? Not macho enough for you? Get over it.

TV show fans, why was Dr. David Banner searching for a way to tap into the hidden strength that all humans have? Oh, yeah, that's right, he couldn't save Laura, his wife, from a burning car and as a result became obsessed with gaining the power that he lacked that fateful day.

Comic book fans, who is the one constant in Bruce's life, the one who grounds him, gives him a reason to go on; a purpose? That's right, it's Betty! And in film, just like in the comics, it's Betty who gives the Hulk a reason to persevere and fight on.


June 11, 2008

Louis Leterrier says fans can expect 70 MINUTES of Additional Footage on the INCREDIBLE HULK Blu-Ray DVD!

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If you're a fan of Marvel's movies and have been awaiting Hulk you'll love what's posted below. And in the next day or so we'll be posting the entire interview but until then here's the juicy comments.

You recently did an interview where you said that in Iron Man there is a Captain America shield, but in our movie we have Captain America.

Louis Leterrier:
Wait, that's crazy. Did I say that?

Question: You did say that. You did say that and so there's been a lot of I've looked online. Many people are talking about this.

Louis Leterrier:
I knew. I threw one like this I was like let's see how many pick it up.

So is Captain America in the movie as an Easter Egg?

Louis Leterrier: Yes.

Question: Could you be a little more specific?

Louis Leterrier: No, I can't. Otherwise it's not fun. Are you crazy? Its an Easter egg.

Question: But is it like a throwaway gag like or is it a real kind of a thing?

Louis Leterrier: It's an Easter egg. It's not like oh, it's Captain America and it changes everything. It's still a Hulk movie, but it's really Captain America and it's there, you'll see. It's the real deal. You have to look for it.

When did you shoot the �Iron Man� sequence�the Robert Downey, Jr. sequence?

Louis Leterrier: It was the last thing we shot. It was�

Question: Was it always going to be in the movie?

Louis Leterrier: No, I begged Kevin Fiege, the President of Marvel when I knew that Robert got cast, I was like we have to do crossovers. Crossovers it's the future of movie making. Now that you have this, I was the one to beg them to do crossovers and then they said Robert is going to be tough to convince, you know, and all that stuff and everything. So eventually I got to talk to Robert and we liked each other and he said, okay I'll come for a, I've got 5 hours that day. Let's shoot in L.A. We were on the way back from Brazil about to go to the North Pole to shoot the opening sequence, with one day in L.A. actually. Iron Man was doing lots of reshooting. They reshot like 2 weeks or something and they had like a day where they could give us a day, so I just directed Iron Man crew for one day. I brought William Hurt that day and that was it. It was great. It was fantastic.

Question: I have to ask you there's been a lot of talk about the 2 different cuts that exist on the movie. Obviously the DVD is going to have more footage.

Louis Leterrier:

So, could you talk about what was cut out of the film, like is there 15 minutes?

Louis Leterrier: No, the final way of me cutting this maybe there's like 10-15 minutes of stuff, but there's a lot of stuff like on the Blue-Ray I think we'll have 70 minutes of stuff.

Question: Seventeen or

Louis Leterrier: Seventy. 7-0.


Louis Leterrier:
Yeah, because you shoot a lot of stuff, yeah. What's another picture? Yeah, but that's what great. It's like the back story. It's more the sequel to the Ang Lee movie.

I have to ask you, so the Blue-Ray, the DVD just has a little bit�

Louis Leterrier: No the Blue-Ray, it's whatever we can put on the DVD. Like DVD's you have like 3 hours of like yeah, you have a limit of 3 hours of footage and stuff. The Blue-Ray you have something like 100 hours, so if they do a double DVD but like the Blue-Ray is what's going to be good. So on the Blue-Ray I'm trying to put as much of the stuff, I want to put everything we shot, you know? I'm not the kind of guy that likes to keep the stuff for myself. I'm like, okay you student filmmakers, here's what I did right and here's what I did wrong and in some of the stuff, in the 70 minutes, there's some great stuff and there's some really horrible stuff, but you'll see it all, you know?

What about the behind-the-scenes material?

Louis Leterrier:
Oh there's like tons of stuff like great stuff. That's actually much longer. We've got like 3 hours of material, how we made the Hulk and everything. That's great stuff.

Getting into the 70, is it all character stuff? Is it certain�

Louis Leterrier:
Oh, there's action stuff. There's everything. We cut everything. We give you the nice haircut like yours.

Question: Yeah, exactly. But I have to do the follow-up. Obviously Edward has been, well was vocal a little while ago about wanting to want a more character, there was a lot of debate online�

Louis Leterrier:
No, I know what you�

Question: And so what was he looking for vs. what was put out?

Louis Leterrier:
I think he was looking for, I think what happened, no. I'll tell you what happened exactly because I knew the timing exactly. You know when you do your first movie, you do an assembly. Everything that you've shot you put it into an assembly. Then after the assembly, you screen it. And it's called a suicide run because it's absolutely horrible. You want to commit suicide after you see it. You're like, oh I wasted 2 years of my life, $150 million. This is the worst movie ever. I'm like a terrible director. You cannot act. You're a terrible producer. So after this we had a meeting just like this like a round table where I go okay we have to find solutions. And then we were screaming stuff and everything. Maybe somebody walked in, a PA or somebody walked in, somebody who's not used to it and we're having a conversation and Edward was like, no, Edward's very vocal. He won't say, he's like, come on man, and he's not arguing. That's how Edward is. I'm sure you guys have met him, you know, he'll be like (making sounds) and the guy walks in and he's like okay, Edward Norton is arguing about the cut and everything. And he walks out and (sounds of typewriter) they're arguing. The next day when the Nikki Finke, Nicky Fink or whatever her name is, article came out, Edward was right next to me. He's like, you want to laugh? I'm like, Yeah, what's up� Read this. Oh, shit, you know. But I thought it would blow over. I was like, yeah okay. It's like the same thing you see Britney Spears and everything. I was okay, funny. It's like I didn't care. I was like okay, cool. And then we kept on cutting and cutting and it became bigger and bigger and people were calling me and then Universal were calling, everything's okay and everything? and I was like, Edward's right here next to me. Talk to Edward. Hey man, we're cool. It's me it was just a little argument. Then Edward because he finished, he was an actor. He had written a couple of versions of the screenplay and then he moved on. He did his thing. It just blew over. Everybody was really surprised and Edward was like, yeah it must have been a slow week in Hollywood if I'm like the you know if I become the Britney Spears of Hollywood.� So it's just..

Question: So that was it?

Louis Leterrier:
That was it. That was it. We had to kill babies. We killed some of my babies, some of his babies. Like in the 70 minutes in you'll see a scene that was actually in the trailer where you see the Ty Burrell character having a nice introspective talk with Edward. But you saw the movie guys. You know, it's the moment where he spends the night with Betty and then she has a boyfriend and then they talked together and then it's everything you know. It's like, it was a long scene to give us an excuse to get that cool punch line that was given in the trailer like you know, you've never seen something, you know maybe you should see a shrink and he says no, you've haven't seen a patient like me or something like that. Just for one punch line�a long scene like that. I go, okay maybe we don't need that. And it just started moving forward. The problem with that suicide run, that suicide cut, was that it was a lot of stops and go and stops and go and stops and go and just the way I describe it to you, you know. The Arctic scene, stop. The credit sequence, go. Brazil, stop. Transformation, go and stop. It didn't feel like a good fugitive movie like the Bourne Supremacy, like The Fugitive with Harrison Ford. These movies keep on going. They never stop, you know and we had to find something that is and it takes time to do that, you know and next time I'll know. When I do the first screening first of all, don't do your meeting right after it because everybody's like ahh, I fucking hate you, you know? Do it a couple of days after and then do it behind closed door because no one can understand that. It's really tough. You become really emotional. It's 2 years of your life. It's your own thing. It's like keep it for yourself.

Question: I have to do one quick follow-up. Comic-Con's coming up in July, obviously you might go down there for Hulk, do you think�

Louis Leterrier:
I don't know.

Question: Well, maybe. Do you think there's any chance of you showing some of those deleted scenes you talked about the 70 minutes at Comic-Con for the fans?

Louis Leterrier: Guys, do not do this--and action.

Question: No, but I'm being serious. That might a really nice treat for the fans.

Louis Leterrier:
That would be nice, yeah. We'll see. It's just I tell you; it's not that interesting. I mean, it's interesting buy only the good stuff is in the movie. We just took out the bad stuff that's why. We didn't take out any of the good stuff otherwise it would be a shame. No, really I swear.

Question: Anything about a sequel yet?

Louis Leterrier:
Sequel? Maybe. Maybe. We'll know on Saturday.

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The following was originally posted on SOS Hollywood:

After last week’s interview by director Louis Leterrier to G4TV – when he mentioned a possible cameo of Captain America on the upcoming The Incredible Hulk – everyone who had the chance to watch the movie was frustrated by not seeing the beloved character or perhaps his shield again. And that’s true: he is NOT on the final cut. However, it doesn’t mean he’s not there. On an exclusive interview to SOS Hollywood, Louis Leterrier revealed the secret — beware of the spoilers!

“There’s a point when Bruce Banner gives up on his quest for the cure and decide to kill himself. So he travels far North and reaches the Arctic Circle. You might have seen bits of it in some of the promos. The result was a very dark and strong scene, which Marvel, me and everyone else’s considered to be too hard to young audiences to take, so we’ve cut it. Having that said, when Bruce arrives at his destination he meets up with Captain America! At some point this week, we will make it available on the internet – but I cannot tell you where or when – and the material will definitely be on the DVD.”

Check out the full interview later this week and more about Hulk’s secrets this week with the massive coverage by SOS Hollywood and Judão!

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Leterrier Hulks out over the Avengers, the Marvel team-up movie

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During a recent, spoiler-filled exclusive one-on-one chat with Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier, the filmmaker informed IGN Movies about other Marvel comics he'd like to adapt for the big screen, namely The Avengers. Marvel has slated the highly anticipated superhero team-up movie for a July 2011 release. Here's what Leterrier had to say about the film (BEWARE OF MAJOR SPOILERS):

IGN: Clearly, The Avengers film is going to have its own writer or writers. But seeing how you've redefined the Hulk as a live-action character, how do you see him fitting into an Avengers movie?

Louis Leterrier: That's why I kept the door open at the end. You know at the end when Edward opens his eyes and he's in control of the Hulk now, he's got somewhat of a malicious look on him. Is he good or is he bad? Has he decided to get vengeance upon this world that has treated him like a monster and recluse for so long? Or is he becoming a hero? And that's what I want to keep the door open for. If it's a Hulk movie, he'll be good. But if it's an Avengers movie, I'd love for Hulk to be what all these guys like Peter David and even Damon Lindelof… with his Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk that they'll never finish, where Hulk is this crazy, man-eating creature that needs to be stopped. And that nothing can stop, except maybe love — his love for Betty. And Betty dying afterward makes him an uncontrollable creature. All that stuff keeps the door open. That's why Edward is so good with that sort of riding the line and being on the edge of the razor. Is he a good guy? Is he a bad guy? He can communicate this with just one look. So that look was very important for me to set up possibly a sequel — he's a good guy and a hero — or a different incarnation in either Iron Man 2 or in The Avengers, definitely.

IGN: Would you be interested in directing The Avengers movie?

Leterrier: I have tons of time. So far, I have tons of time. I'd love to do it. It would be so amazing. I absolutely love Spider-Man. I think Sam Raimi is a genius and he's the reason why I make movies. Evil Dead 2 is the reason why I make movies. But The X-Men series with this really interesting ensemble cast, it's so amazing for me as a director. It's such a fantasy for me to direct amazing actors in these weird sorts of fantasy roles that I'd love to do an Avengers movie. And also The Avengers, it's fun, it's big, it's huge, it's something you've never seen before. And I'd love to do that.

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