The scene starring William Hurt and Robert Downey Jr. in The Incredible Hulk was completely improvised
William Hurt y Robert Downey Jr. completely improvised the post-credits scene of The incredible Hulk. In 2008, Marvel Studios burst onto the scene with Iron Man. The film was a critical and box office success and laid the foundation for what would become the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It didn’t take long for this to be put to the test, as The incredible Hulk it hit theaters only a few months later. After seeing the charismatic representation of Robert Downey Jr. from Tony Stark, the public received Edward Norton’s version of Bruce Banner, also know as Hulk. Although mostly independent, The incredible Hulk joined to UCM through his post-credits scene. Downey reprized his role as Tony Stark in a scene with William Hurt’s General Ross that sparked the initiative of the Avengers. The scene was a big deal, but many may not know that it was completely improvised.
This fact was confirmed by Hurt himself several years ago in an interview with Collider. He revealed that when he and Downey arrived to shoot that scene, they didn’t have a single line of script written. Instead, the two veteran actors were free to say what they thought the character would say at the time. You may have been given some guidance on why the conversation was going on, but Hurt and Downey were responsible for the banter their characters exchanged.
The good news for Marvel is that Hurt and Downey were able to deliver a great scene on their own in their first appearance together. This was the only time Hurt appeared in the UCM until Captain America: Civil War in 2016. He returned to film and once again worked with Downey when Stark sided with the Sokovia Accords. Hurt’s most recent appearance in the UCM It was at the funeral of Tony Stark on Avengers: Endgame, which completed this relationship. However, Norton’s differences with Marvel shortened their time in the UCM and the possibilities of such interactions.
Hurt and Downey’s impromptu scene may be surprising to some, but the UCM it was very different when it was released The incredible Hulk. These scenes have since evolved to become even more prominent than they were at first. Although the shawarma scene in The Avengers was a last minute addition, most of the post-credits scenes of Marvel are planned. Some of them have only been comic beats in the movies, but others directly shaped future movies. Marvel He has even used actual footage from an upcoming movie as a post-credits scene on more than one occasion. But improvising a scene entirely is not a common practice for them.