The AvengersIn the past I’ve viciously bashed Zak Penn as an overrated hack. He gets a lot of credit for being one of the writers on Bryan Singer’s X2, which many consider to be one of the best comic book adaptations of all time. But truth be told, he’s written a lot of crap, including the Elektra movie, X-Men: The Last Stand and an early draft of Fantastic Four. Anyway, when it comes to comic book movies, Penn is Hollywood’s golden boy of the moment. Not only is he writing the script for The Incredible Hulk do-over, but also a young X-Men spinoff and a film based on Marvel’s The Avengers. Penn now tells MTV that he hopes to bring both Hulk and Iron Man on screen together in the superhero team-up.

“‘Avengers’ is definitely going to happen; the idea was always to do a crossover with multiple superheros,” Penn revealed of the superhero tag team group, Marvel’s answer to DC’s Justice League. “I’m waiting to let ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Hulk’ come out because those are two characters that could appear in it. I used to think that movie would be impossible to make but now I feel like it’s not.”

Tagged by Marvel as “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes”, the Avengers originally consisted of Ant-Man, Wasp, Thor, Iron Man, and the Hulk. But The Hulk departed very early on (The Avengers vol. 1, #2) allowing Captain America to join. But the roster has always been fluid, allowing a rotating group of super-heroes to partake in the team. But most people assumed that Hulk and Iron Man would not be included in the film, especially since high profile actors (Edward Norton and Robert Downey Jr) are playing the characters in their own big blockbuster releases.  One of the big problems of doing another X-Men movie is getting all the stars to sign on. With huge actors it’s harder to schedule and way more expensive. But does Paramount believe they could secure both Norton and Downey to a team-up movie?

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