The Marvel Cinematic Universe officially launched in 2008 with Iron Man followed a month later by The Incredible Hulk, which is considered canon to the MCU while the 2003 Ang Lee Hulk is not (Is it because of the mutant poodles?).
Tim Roth played Abomination in The Incredible Hulk. You know, this handsome fella.
Roth recently revealed something surprising about Marvel’s plans regarding Abomination in an interview with Crave Online. When asked if he’ll be coming back to Marvel someday, he said:
“They were going to do it. They did do that. They were thinking, in The Avengers 2 or something. There was a movie we could do that at one point, but way back when. It just kind of got swept under the carpet I guess. That would be hilarious.”
Yes, long ago Marvel was kicking around the idea of Abomination in the second Avengers movie, but the big bad position was filled by Ultron instead. Mr. Orange just can’t catch a break.
Something else awesome came out of that interview though, and we’d be remiss not to mention it. The interviewer asked about Gridlock’d, in which Roth worked with Tupac Shakur, and you know we love a good Tupac Shakur story.
“Yeah, I found he was very, very, very professional. He’s very good. I think he would’ve gone on to do a lot of good work actually. It’s a shame but one thing I remember… [Laughs.] We got on famously. Really, really, we got pretty tight. We liked each other.
But there was one time I had to get in his face which was about… he was writing all the time. He would leave the set and go straight to a studio to record and then he had to do music videos as well at the time. And he would come to work and he was knackered. He was exhausted. I said, ‘You’ve got to stop your hours now. You can’t be walking wounded when you’re coming to the set because you’re not going to do your best work.’ And he really shut it down. He was pretty great about it. But he did take me to Death Row Records [laughs] and me and him rapped together.” [emphasis ours]
Roth went on to say there’s a tape of their session somewhere. We must possess this tape and steep ourselves in a whole new level of weird.