We’re now in the stretch of Avengers: Age of Ultron promotion where it’ll be all-encompassing until we get a week or so after release. Here’s today’s set of headlines on the subject:
– It’s been generally accepted that Mark Ruffalo‘s Bruce Banner/The Hulk was one of the highlights of The Avengers, with Joss Whedon‘s pseudo-revamp of the character finally cracking what has been a tough property on film for both Universal and Marvel over the past decade. After Phase 3 had been announced, many fans had wondered where the long rumored Planet Hulk movie might be? Will it ever happen?
According to an interview with Collider, Ruffalo says there’s bit of a snag in the way:
As far as a Hulk movie, a standalone Hulk movie, Marvel doesn’t really have the rights to that yet. That’s still Universal’s property, so there’s that issue. That’s a big impediment to moving forward with that. Now I don’t think that’s insurmountable, by the way, but I don’t know where it’s going from here for me.
Back before The Avengers and Iron Man 3 entered production, Disney cut a deal with Paramount to bring those films under the Disney banner, and they could very well do the same with Universal, if they have any interest in doing so. But, given that the Hulk has had two bites at the apple as it were, Disney may be a little gun-shy about investing too heavily into the character at this point.
Could he show up as a major supporting character is another big sequel though? Now, there’s an interesting question…
– In what is easily one of my favorite bits of late night promotion, here’s the core Avengers cast (minus Samuel L. Jackson) playing a round of “Family Feud” on Jimmy Kimmel Live:
– According to a report from Devin at Badass Digest, Joss Whedon had plans to include Captain Marvel in Age on Ultron in a cameo appearance, so says Kevin Feige:
[Captain Marvel] was in a draft. But to me, it would have done that character a disservice, to meet her fully formed, in a costume and part of the Avengers already when 99% of the audience would go, ‘Who is that?’ It’s just not the way we’ve done it before.
The piece at the link goes into further detail, including which character replaces her in the finished product, which is somewhat spoilery if you’re averse to that sort of thing.
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