Comic-Con 2007: Marvel Studios

The third and busiest day of Comic Con got underway in San Diego yesterday and the most anticipated film panel of the bunch wasn’t even a single major distributor – rather the recently formed Marvel Studios. The company is releasing two of the big three superhero films next Summer, and so teamed them up together in this most star-studded panel of the entire convention:

The Incredible Hulk(June 27th 2008)

Actors Edward Norton and Liv Tyler, Director Louis Letterier, and producers Gale Anne Hurd, Avi Arad and Kevin Feige all turned up to promote the reboot of the “Hulk” franchise which Norton himself penned the shooting draft of. Shooting began only a fortnight ago in Toronto, but some concept art was on display of what the Hulk will look like – a darker, more weathered appearance than Lee’s CG creation.

Feige confirms that the previous Ang Lee film is being ignored – “This is a part one, the beginning of a whole new Hulk saga” and will utilise elements from both the TV series and comics. He also added that the aim was to add a bit of mythology and mystery back into the franchise, along with more action. To that effect this won’t be an origin story says Norton – “I don’t even like the phrase origin story and I don’t think in great literature and great films, that explaining the roots of the story doesn’t mean it comes in the beginning.”

It’s also confirmed that the Hulk remains one size only through this, and some form of motion capture will be used on Norton for his Hulk scenes.