Is ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Leading Us to a New Hulk Movie?

Brace yourselves, Marvel fans, because something big and green might be headed your way, courtesy of Disney  (NYSE: DIS  )  Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Marvel has confirmed actor Adrian Pasdar is joining the show's ranks to portray the notorious Colonel Glenn Talbot. If the character rings a bell, it's because Talbot is known best by comics fans for his relentless attempts to destroy Hulk.

Adrian Pasdar is joining Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Glenn Talbot, Credit: Disney/Marvel

Here's what we know 

First, given the likely event that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. survives at least another season, this could mean Pasdar won't be reprising his role as Nathan Petrelli in Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA  ) NBC's 2015 reboot, Heroes Reborn. Late last month, Comcast confirmed Heroes Reborn will arrive in the form of a 13-episode, stand-alone arc whose storylines and characters are being kept quiet for now.

And though we're not sure which episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be his first, Pasdar confirmed Talbot will be sticking around for at least a little while as a significant antagonist:

As willing as I am to jump when Jeph calls, there had to be a little bit more in it than just an episode for me. So I can't say much more but the mustache is in a locker and it's being taken out and prepped as we speak for next week. Every show needs a jerk, [and] I guess I'm that guy. I make everybody else look so nice. I think it was Walt Disney who said it, "The show's only as good as the bad guy is bad."
We also know after staying busy voicing Tony Stark/Iron Man in several animated Marvel shows since 2010 , Pasdar is delving head-first into his new character. He even went so far as to enlist the aid of employees at Midtown Comics in New York City, who enabled him "to bring this guy to life through a series of pictures and just the graphic imagery, the novels, and the cartoons that I was able to access through their help."

This way, he says, he can ensure he'll meet fans' expectations of who Talbot is, rather than completely making him his own.

Here's what we don't know

You might recall two weeks ago, fellow Fools Tim Beyers, Leo Sun, and I teamed up to propose three questions for Disney and Marvel ahead of their ABC network special, Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe. That special airs tonight during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s regular time slot.

Incidentally, my question was "When will we see the Hulk in another solo film?"

After all, though 2008's The Incredible Hulk currently stands as the lowest-grossing film in Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe, Hulk is currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity thanks to actor Mark Ruffalo and his central, almost comedic role in the $1.5 billion blockbuster that was Marvel's The Avengers. Just prior to The Avengers, Ruffalo confirmed he had signed a six-picture deal as Hulk with Marvel.

Remember recent footage from the set of The Avengers: Age of Ultron also apparently shows South African police firing on Hulk as frenzied residents flee his wrath. I can't help but wonder, then, whether the Age of Ultron sneak peek promised in tonight's Marvel special will confirm an even bigger role for the green rage monster this time. In turn -- and in conjunction with early character development with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. -- this could plant the seeds for another Hulk film down the road.

Early last week I also pointed out that, under Disney's stewardship, every Marvel sequel so far has performed significantly better than its predecessor. If another Hulk is done right, there's no reason to believe it wouldn't also one-up the first. 

Another theory

Alternatively -- and this is a long shot, mind you -- this could also lead to Marvel resuscitating a classic by introducing a Hulk TV series.

And why not? Even if Ruffalo is all set as Hulk for six films on the big screen, there's little reason Marvel and Disney couldn't find some wiggle room to pay a fee and restructure his deal to include television.

Putting aside whatever's about to unfold with the 0-8-4 we all know as Skye, couldn't that be the perfect answer to all the skeptics who complain Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn't feature enough actual superheros? Heck, they could even pull one out of the Arrow playbook by introducing Hulk on the small screen through Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. This could serve not only as another huge movie crossover for the show, but would almost certainly provide another massive ratings boost for Disney and ABC.

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I want to hear what you think, fellow Fools! Could Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. be leading us to a new Hulk movie or show? Do you have any other theories? Sound off in the comments section below.

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  • Report this Comment On March 18, 2014, at 4:04 PM, elle33 wrote:

    Wow, it seems that most people feel Disney ruined

    Pixar by turning them into a sequal machine:

  • Report this Comment On March 18, 2014, at 5:17 PM, Richardragan wrote:

    AoS is geting better and better every week. Thoses thats not watching will wish they were when they see just how good this show gets.When the DvD comes out they will want to buy it just to catch up on what they have missed...

  • Report this Comment On March 18, 2014, at 9:03 PM, faceman wrote:

    I keep wanting to get behind AoS, but every time I feel like the momentum is building and I'm looking forward to the next's taking a week off. Such a buzz kill. Then I have to spend time with my girlfriend. Okay...Victoria's Secret catalog.

  • Report this Comment On March 19, 2014, at 12:02 AM, PAJohnDoe wrote:

    "Here's What We Don't Know" should just be the name of most of the comic-related TV and movie articles on Motley Fool. Zing.

  • Report this Comment On March 19, 2014, at 12:16 AM, coachcondon wrote:

    Yes I knew back in 2009 that the Marvel acquisition would make Disney a lot of money. I bought Disney the next day and so did other members of my family. I'm not a big fan of the Hulk, I think the other heroes will always do better because people can imagine what it must be like to be that hero. Not so with the Hulk.

  • Report this Comment On March 19, 2014, at 12:38 AM, hectoruno wrote:

    I wish I bought Disney and Marvel stock when they were both facing bankruptcy. Disney almost sold all of their studios until Micheal Eisner realized that charters had value and opened the Disney stores. Stan Lee said the same thing when he said Spider-man is worth a billion by himself.

  • Report this Comment On March 19, 2014, at 2:16 AM, gp83 wrote:

    It might sound odd, but I don't believe we will see a stand alone Hulk movie again until at least phase 4. Phase 2, is almost over, and 3 is already looking huge. What with Cap 3, Thor 3, (likely) GotG 2, Ant Man, (rumored) Dr. Strange, and (rumored) Black Panther, not to mention Avengers 3. The big green guy might cameo / co-star in another property but I don't see a stand alone in the near (10-12 years) future. Hope I'm wrong

  • Report this Comment On March 19, 2014, at 11:40 AM, helspont wrote:

    In honest, it doesnt really matter how well AoS does with a company like disney backing it with an unlimited budget almost, it isn't going anywhere until they want it to. Since it is ment to tie into the coming movies from 2014-2016 we know itll be around for at least 2-3 seasons.

  • Report this Comment On March 20, 2014, at 9:31 AM, Leonidas04 wrote:

    holy smokes. I was shocked at the ratings for this special Assembling a Universe. It was only 1.5 about 4Million. Lower than any episode of AOS. Could there by Disney/Marvel movie fatigue already?

    Personally, I would rather watch a weekly special like Assembling a Universe than AOS

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