ABC is planning on introducing their new version of "The Incredible Hulk" sometime during the 2013 schedule. "Castle" has already had tie-ins with Marvel Comics and is the perfect show to create a tie-in with the new Hulk show. Richard Castle and Det. Kate Beckett could be used to introduce ABC viewers to Dr. Bruce Banner.
Rick, the fictional writer, wrote a graphic novel for Marvel Comics, and it starred characters from novels he wrote before being allowed to follow Kate around. During the case where the "Castle" characters were searching for a man who fancied himself as a superhero, it was established that Castle was an avid comic book collector and some of the most expensive Marvel comic books were seen in his collection. There have also been clips with Nathan Fillion and stars of "The Avengers" used to promote the superhero movie.
Even though the new "The Incredible Hulk" is based off of a well-known character, ABC and Marvel are still going to do everything possible to push the show. With themed episodes, such as the recent zombie story, the steampunk case, and the 1920s flashback story, "Castle" has forayed into weird stories so the introduction of a superhero character would not be a stretch. It is the only serious show on ABC that can still pull of jokes with a tongue planted firmly in cheek. The show also takes place in New York where most of the Marvel stories are based, so there would be seamless continuity from that aspect. In addition, an appearance by Dr. Banner could skyrocket the ratings for any series as comic book fans eagerly wait for the new show.
Dr. Bruce Banner could easily appear on the show in the days before he turns into the Hulk. Remember, Ol' Greenie's alter ego was a scientist long before being flooded with gamma rays. Perhaps a murder victim's body had trace amounts of radiation, and Dr. Banner could be called in to give some extra insight. The Hulk does not need to knock over a building to be successfully launched through "Castle."
Astute fans of "Castle" are sure to remember the episode entitled "Heroes & Villains" mentioned above where fans got to see part of Rick's comic book collection. These fans might remember how Rick has a copy of Avengers #1. In that early comic, Hulk is one of the inaugural members of the superhero team. Also, you might have noticed that he had a copy of the first appearance of Dr. Banner and the Hulk, as well. This conflict would have to be skirted.
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