It’s Friday the 13th which means that the scariest thing ever is going to happen tonight. Marvel is going to try for two blockbuster films in one summer. Just after Iron Man surprised this writer by showing viewers how to make a fantastic super hero film, The Hulk is attempting to resurrect a franchise that never quite got started with Ang Lee‘s vision not long ago.
According to Fox News, it’s going to be quite a hurdle:
This “Hulk,” directed by Louis Leterrier, will be a hit, no doubt, but it’s quite a bit darker than “Iron Man.” It also comes with some baggage, as star Edward Norton attempted to rewrite the original script by Zak Penn. Norton does not get screen credit for his efforts, although I’m told that many of his revisions are felt in this final version.
Norton, like Robert Downey Jr. in “Iron Man” and Christian Bale as Batman, ushers in this new generation of the thinking man’s superhero. Unlike the others, he is not slam-dunk handsome, but that doesn’t seem to matter. Buffed up, he and Roth — also not the first guy you think of in these situations — are like chess players who were sent to gym class.
“Incredible Hulk” ends with a surprise twist. Maybe you’ve heard about it, but I’m not going to give it away. All you need to know is you must stay till the end of the film to see it. What it means, exactly, is unknown, but rest assured, sequels are on their way.
But word is that not only does this film satisfy fans of the TV series, but it will also be a little present to all the comic book readers who have patiently waited for a full screen Marvel Universe. With the Super Soldier Serum name-dropped (this is the potion that created Captain America in WWII) and the Leader positioned for the sequel Hulk 2, it really feels like the super hero film concept is finally taking flight.
Marvel Studios is anxious to pit the Hulk against Iron Man and this could be a no-brainer to an Avengers plot. While word has it that Favreau is not too pleased with the current script for Iron Man 2, it is very quickly being put into production to keep this machine going.
My, how far comics have come!