By Matthew Shaer
So the web's communal temperature spiked yesterday afternoon after some early reviews of "The Incredible Hulk" were posted over at Ain't It Cool News. If you believe everything the AICN anonymous critics/shit-stirrers say – and who doesn't? – "Hulk" is "a pretty damn good superhero film."
Tim Roth's Abomination – Courtesy of Universal
Says one young man/woman/boy/thing: "The massive power of the Hulk being compelled to protect the woman he loves and the inner turmoil showing in his eyes was magnificent to behold." (Sounds a little pornographic!)
Says another, slightly less-intelligibly: "Hulk really is a creature that is merely what you choose to perceive him to be." (We'll take your word for it!)
In (slightly) more reliable news, director Louis Leterrier was on the G4 network yesterday, talking up Norton's turn as Bruce Banner. In between quips, he spilled this little gem: “In 'Iron Man' there’s the Captain America shield somewhere. Well in 'Hulk,' you might see Captain America himself.” I don't remember the Captain America shield in "Iron Man" – maybe someone else does – but I did stay past the credits to catch the arrival of Nick Fury (hammed up to the hilt by Samuel L. Jackson).
Leterrier has been hitting the publicity circuit hard, and for good reason: news of a feud between "Hulk" producers and Norton continue to bubble to the surface. As Nikki Finke noted a few weeks ago, Marvel originally invited Norton to help rewrite a script by Zak Penn. Norton wanted a longer, more complex movie; Marvel wanted fast and furious; finger-pointing and squabbling ensued.
And then there's poor Ang Lee, the director of the first modern "Hulk," who told USA Today that he was "bewildered" when he heard news of Leterrier's follow-up.
"I was very proud of the movie I made," he said. "It seemed strange that it was being treated as if it didn't exist."