Hulk: More Cross Overing?
Something that I’ve harped on about for a while now is the fact that Marvel has taken control over the way that their intellectual property is adapted to film (particularly since the five and a quarter million dollar credit arrangement was secured between Marvel Studios and Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.), and how this will effect their ability to create movies which are a closer match to the way that story-lines play out in the source material.
I fully expected that from this point on we’d be seeing more character cross-overs, and am extremely excited by the prospect that we’ll be getting just that in the first title to be released by Marvel Studios new initiative, Iron Man: It was revealed a few weeks back that scenes had been shot which included an appearance by Hulk. Additionally there has been talk that Nick Fury would be making an appearance in both the Iron Man movie and Marvels retake on Hulk (title The Incredible Hulk).
All of which bodes very well for a huge character crossover event, using established actors in key roles, when it comes time for The Avengers movie to hit screens in 2011.
Of course, this only works because Marvel holds the licenses for these characters and, with far less fuss than anyone outside of the Marvel Studios, is able to bring multiple licensed characters together. Now, I’m no lawyer, and I am happy to openly admit that a lot of these licensing issues are far beyond the capacity of my television-show-theme-filled brain, but it seemed pretty clear to me that Marvel would have issues using characters currently licensed to other parties: Fantastic Four, X-Men, Spider-man for example. So, should it prove true, the news posted over on CBM today has caught me completely off guard and squealing like an exited little girl… of course this could all turn out to be a lame April fools joke… but that would make me cry… like a sad little girl.
ComicBookMovie.com is reporting that sources close to Hulk director, Louis Leterrier, have confirmed that everybody’s favourite X-Man, Wolverine, will be making an appearance in the climatic battle sequence at the end of The Incredible Hulk. CBM surmises, and probably rightfully so, that Wolverine’s appearance is partly a promotional effort for the currently filming X-Men Origins: Wolverine prequel which is due for release in May, 2009 — almost a year after The Incredible Hulk is slated for release) — but who cares WHY he’s making the appearance!
Best of all, CBM says that this isn’t some CGI hack we’re talking about. Their word is that Hugh Jackman actually suited up to make the appearance! It would certainly lend a level of credibility to the ‘universe’ that Marvel have created if this sort of thing can happen between major movie projects… Either way (prank or not), Marvel are doing their characters AND audiences a level of JUSTICE, while others are happy to settle for lame recasting. [source]
Well, it turns out that my initial skepticism about the source of this post has proven correct. Despite the source post being made on the 31st of March the post on comicbookmovie.com was intended as an April Fools joke. The source link of their post was later changed to reflect this – it originally linked to the cbm front page.