Louis Leterrier and Ed Norton prepare for some Hulking out
With its tricky birth and painful afterlife, The Incredible Hulk is the closest a Marvel movie has come to turning green and splitting open its shirt. Louis Leterrier had a year to turn a scriptless production into something big-screen worthy, a process he describes as “tremendously stressful”. A concertinaed post-production period was only part of the challenge. “You haven’t tested it in your head,” recalled Leterrier. “You didn’t run it over and over again and cover all of the plot holes and figure it out. It’s a marathon that you sprint.” It’s a miracle it all turned out half-decent. Since then, Marvel’s long-termism and longer prep times has kept its directors off the Xanax.