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In an interview with MTV Movies Blog, Incredible Hulk star William Hurt, who will be playing General “Thunderbolt” Ross in the upcoming film, let slip that an another Marvel Comics character will be making a short appearance in the film- Tony Stark! Stark, as most comics fans know, is the alter ego of Iron Man, who has his own motion picture hitting the screens a few months after Incredible Hulk, in July. Playing Stark in both the Iron Man film and in the Hulk cameo will be Robert Downey Jr.
I have a scene with Iron Man, with Robert Downey Jr. It’s a funky scene. I don’t know how it’ll work. I know it’s weird [to work with a character from another movie], and to know it’s a device. We did something; I don’t know what that’s going to be like [to watch].
Ummm… How about it’ll be pretty darn cool, Bill!!
Marvel Comics’ tight continuity between their comic books comes courtesy of their mutual Manhattan setting and has often meant that the various heroes and their supporting casts would appear in each other’s series.
The unfortunate result was that a character like Daily Bugle reporter Ben Urich, a supporting character in the Daredevil comic, had to be “reassigned” to a new newspaper for the 2003 Daredevil movie, as the rights to use the Daily Bugle in movies were tied to the Spider-Man property and the Spider-Man movies were being produced by a different studio.
But now, Marvel has opened their own film production shingle, with several of their characters being developed for films including the Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America and Thor. All of these characters have at one time or another been members of Marvel’s main superhero team The Avengers. Marvel has been vocal about wanting to ultimately produced an Avengers feature film. There has already been rumors that Samuel Jackson will be making an appearance in Iron Man as spy chief Nick Fury, the man who initially brings the Avengers together in the Ultimate Avengers comic series. Downey’s appearance in Incredible Hulk looks like Marvel’s next step in the cross-pollination of their films and another step closer to that desired Avengers feature.