Marvel delighted fans by crafting an interconnected cinematic universe peppered with Easter eggs and cameos, all building toward the release in May 2012 of The Avengers, which assembles the studio's big-screen heroes to battle a major, yet till unrevealed, threat.
However, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro said audiences shouldn't expect those threads to extend into television, where he's developing The Hulk for ABC with Battlestar Galactica's David Eick.
"We had a long, long talk about that, and we've been given license," del Toro tells MTV. "I mean, I think the comics, y'know [...] Pak's Hulk is great, and Loeb's Hulk is great, and there's so many things in the Hulk universe that are powerful strands of narrative. They know we are being faithful to those strands, and the movies have their own continuity."
Reinforcing the update he offered in late June, del Toro says, ""David Eick and I are hard at work. "We've gone through a lot of iterations with the ABC project and we're very happy where we are right now. We're just waiting for the green light to go to pages."
"The trick with The Hulk is, how do you accommodate the Hulk in a TV effects budget?" he continues. "We are finding ways around it. It's a tricky one to figure out in the model, but if we are successful at that, then you can go into it."
ABC President Paul Lee revealed over the weekend at the Television Critics Association press tour that the networks hopes to see The Hulk and AKA Jessica Jones, an adaptation of Marvel's Alias, in the next pilot season. Live-action series Cloak & Dagger and Mockingbird are also in development at corporate sibling ABC Family.