Poor Edward Norton. Here he is, trying to promote his upcoming HBO documentary By the People: The Election of Barack Obama, the behind the scenes story of the rise of our nation’s first African American president, and all the press wants to know is whether he will be playing The Incredible Hulk again.

While promoting his doc at the Television Critics Association event last week, Norton was cornered by IGN to talk about The Hulk’s reappearance in either Iron Man 2 or The Avengers, the two most likely Marvel Studios projects in production. Norton’s answer:

“I probably won’t comment on that, just because they [Marvel] keep a pretty tight reign on what they are letting out. I’ll let them say.”

That’s pretty coy — coy enough to be construed by fans with a vested interest in the property as him hiding something. And he may well be, but it is also likely that Norton, having been inside the Marvel Studios system — one that is as secretive as they come with their cameos — really doesn’t have anything to say, and is trying to avoid the creation of additional rumors.

More rumors is exactly what we don’t need. The excited kids over at NukeTheFridge claimed earlier this weekend that their “insider knowledge” has confirmed Edward Norton’s participation — either as Bruce Banner or Hulk (or both) — in next year’s Iron Man 2. While this isn’t an unreasonable claim, it is hard to see where that fits in the IM 2 storyline. But we’ll see, I suppose. At this point, no one who makes decisions is saying anything of substance. So for now, it’s a bunch of “no comments” and back-alley claims from potentially unreliable sources.

It does, however, beg the question:

How would you feel about a Hulk cameo in Iron Man 2?

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