Rumor: Iron Man And The Incredible Hulk Comic Book Movie Crossovers

I hate to publish rumors, especially with the recent spell of inaccurate information spreading its way across the interwebs, but this is just too good not to comment on.

When I was a kid, I was big into comic books. And I was a sucker for comic book crossovers, where one superhero would team-up or fight another superhero in a special comic book release. As I got older, I learned that these issues usually were never as good as the headline on the comic book cover. But every time a crossover issue came out, I still bought it.

Until now most comic book movies have operated in separate universes. Sure, there have been easter egg background references like the mention of Gotham City on a news report in a Superman film, or new superhero introductions as was Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, but no two comic book films have collided. Until now that is.

AICN is reporting a rumor that Marvel has shot a scene between The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man which will somehow play and be connected in both films. Can you imagine that? When I first heard this news I had a geekgasm, and was overrun with excitement. But after I started to assess the possibilities I realized that much like the comic book crossovers from my childhood, this is probably not a good idea (or at least not as great as it sounds). And from the sound of it, the idea seems to be an afterthought, and not something that was constructed to bridge both films together. It instead sounds like a last minute gimmick, which could have been great if it was fully developed. Again, this is all just speculation.

What do you guys think? Would you like to see more big screen comic book crossovers or should the superheroes stick to their own respective films?

Iron Man hits theaters on May 2nd, 2008. The Incredible Hulk hits theaters one month later on June 13th, 2008.