Marvel Buzz: Kevin Bacon as X-Men Villain, Norton Not Hulk?
There are a couple of Marvel related casting stories today that we should mention, although both of them are kind of sketchy, so I'm going into this a bit cautiously. First up, Deadline says Kevin Bacon (Footloose, Tremors, Apollo 13, Taking Chance) has been cast in "the villain role" in Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class. Alas, they don't know who he is playing (at all), so we have no idea who the villain will be. Bupkus! Additionally, HitFix is claiming that Edward Norton will not be returning as Bruce Banner, aka the Hulk, in Joss Whedon's The Avengers movie, instead Marvel will be casting "an unknown" in his place. Really?
There's obviously a much bigger story behind all of this Hulk news than we know. First off, it's never been officially confirmed by anyone that Marvel is actually planning on bringing back the Hulk in The Avengers. It's been rumored, and of course some will claim he will be in it, but it's never been made official. Secondly, Norton has always dodged the question and played it off like "we'll find out eventually" whenever he's been asked about returning in the two years since The Incredible Hulk first arrived. HitFix's article is rooted in the idea that Marvel is planning on making a huge announcement regarding The Avengers at Comic-Con, potentially involving the director (Whedon?) introducing the cast and Avengers line-up, without Norton.
They say that Marvel has "moved on" and that their inside "Marvel sources" are saying that they've "made a decision to hire an unknown, and they informed Norton that they won't be using him in the film." That only brings up many more questions. Who is the unknown? How much time will we spend with Bruce Banner? Will Hulk be the villain? Will he still be completely CGI, and if so, does that mean we won't see much of his non-CGI alter ego? More and more questions, but no answers yet! I've put out some emails to some people for updates, but it sounds like we'll have to wait until Comic-Con in a few weeks to find out the real truth.