No Bana for Hulk 2

Seems that my dreams for a Hulk 2 with Eric Bana are going on life support. Yes, I admit that I am one of the few people (even around The Movie Blog) who actually really enjoyed the first Hulk film. No, it wasn’t what people were expecting… but that can SOMETIMES be a good thing.

So right now there are 2 conflicting reports (depending on who you listen to). On the one hand there’s Marvel, who is insisting that there will indeed be a Hulk 2. As a matter of fact, according to the good folks over at MovieHole, Big Boss Man Avi Arad of Marvel recently just said the following:

Marvel’s Avi Arad said recently that a “Hulk 2” would be more adventure-ridden and less-psychological drama, something the first film was criticised widely for. “It’s going to be Hulk-lite,” he said. “It’ll be the end of movie one, the beginning of movie two. Now he’s come to terms with his life and who he is and we can let him be now Hulk the hero.

So for the time being, there IS going to be a Hulk 2. The 2 big questions that still exist are 1) Is it going to have Eric Bana in it… and 2) will it just be direct to video?

On the Bana issue, Eric (who is becoming a major A-List star, and deservedly so) says that he’s not in any kind of talk to appear in a Hulk 2 and doesn’t seem to have any interest in becoming the big green guy again. Shame.

What I find interesting is that the studios will usually sign the actors in these kinds of movies to a 2 or 3 picture deal just in case they get a hit and decide to do more of the franchise. I guess they didn’t have enough foresight to lock a talent like Bana up for a multi-picture deal. Our loss.

I still think someone else could lead in The Hulk 2… but not having a great talent like Eric Bana in the lead role is a real loss for the franchise for sure.

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