Over the three years I've been writing this column, I've yet to predict what will be the match to light fandom's gasoline. It's impossible. Major casting decisions are received with a shrug. Minor ones threaten to cause riots in the streets. (Well, if "the information highway" was a street, anyway.) Some films earn fervent cult followers that won't hear a negative comment; others are proudly and enthusiastically trashed no matter what goodwill may have gone into it.
When Drew McWeeny broke the news of Norton and Marvel parting ways, I expected a small flurry of a response. After all, rumors had swirled since Summer 2008 that there wouldn't even be a sequel to The Incredible Hulk. Stories of Norton's demanding behavior were rampant. Norton was honest about the silence between him and Marvel. "The minds of Marvel are sometimes opaque. I won't say [they're] obtuse, but I don't have any idea what they want to do."