Who Will The Incredible Hulk Take On Next?
We're finally just about a week away from seeing the Hulk kick the crap out of the Abomination. After Marvel showed us how great they are at producing with Iron Man, they're unleashing The Incredible Hulk on us next. Normally I try and stay away from spoilers, but this one was too good to pass up and is a discussion point that's part of the film anyway. Like Iron Man, we can't help but get completely immersed in the Marvel universe, and this time the follow-up to Abomination sounds just as intense. Director Louis Leterrier revealed in a recent interview just a few details on who we can expect to see rise to power in the sequel. Here's a hint: it's not Maestro or Wendigo or The Illuminati.
Leterrier mentions very briefly in this interview video over at Comics2Film that the film sets up other villains like Samuel Sterns. In this film, Sterns is actually played by Tim Blake Nelson (as seen in the photo above) and eventually becomes the supervillain The Leader in radioactive accident involving gamma radiation. I'd suggest you check out the video, as it's pretty enjoyable to watch. I wish I had the opportunity to interview Leterrier, because he looks just like a cheery and smart guy. That interview is actually fun to watch and my favorite part is when he says to the guy "do YOU plan to make Hulk a franchise?" Anyway, let's get back to The Leader!
A high school dropout, Sterns worked for a chemical research plant in a menial capacity. While moving radioactive materials into an underground storage area, some of the radioactive materials exploded, bombarding Sterns with gamma radiation. Sterns recovered, but found that the radiation had changed him from an ordinary human into a green-skinned, super-intelligent criminal with an oversized brain housed in a towering cranium. He embarked on various ambitious schemes, with the Hulk as his primary nemesis, consistently backed by a self-constructed army of super-strong, virtually invulnerable, plastic Humanoids. You can read more about his history on Wikipedia.
I'm sure we're all quite familiar with Marvel's official line-up through 2011, which includes Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America, and eventually The Avengers in July of 2011. Absent from that list, however, is an Incredible Hulk sequel. Obviously that's because Universal has no clue how well this new Hulk might do and thus is waiting to see if they've struck box office gold with this new big green guy. And if enough people turn out, we might see Hulk battle The Leader before eventually joining up with The Avengers. Wouldn't that be one hell of a future?