Fans of the MCU know actor Martin Starr from Spider-Man: Homecoming, where he plays Roger Harrington, science teacher and head of the academic decathlon team at the Midtown School of Science and Technology. However, some eagle-eyed fans also noticed that Starr had a small cameo in The Incredible Hulk.
In the film, Starr plays a student at Culver University who has a brief encounter with Bruce Banner in a computer lab. Starr was originally part of a larger scene, where Banner pretends to be a pizza delivery guy and offers the student pizza in exchange for using the internet for a few minutes. However, the scene was deleted, reducing Starr’s role to a blink-and-you-miss-it moment.
Marvel Studios Detail: we see the teacher from Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) as a university student in The Incredible Hulk (2008) pic.twitter.com/dcW2fUSZVZ
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During a Reddit AMA with Kevin Feige, a fan asked the Marvel Studios president if people could assume that the Culver University student Starr plays in The Incredible Hulk is the same person as the teacher and decathlon coach he plays in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Feige supported this idea by responding to the fan’s question with “I do.”
Several fans pointed out that in the novelization of The Incredible Hulk, Starr’s character is known as Amadeus Cho. In the comics, Cho is a Korean-American man who succeeds Bruce Banner as The Hulk. The character made his first comics appearance in 2006. However, with Kevin Feige‘s admission that both of Starr’s MCU characters are the same person, this renders The Incredible Hulk‘s novelization as non canon.
Martin Starr will reprise his role as Roger Harrington in Spider-Man: Far From Home. This time, his character will serve as one of the teachers chaperoning the school’s trip to Europe. The film will hit theaters on July 2.
What are your thoughts about Kevin Feige’s admission? Do you agree that Martin Starr’s MCU characters are the same person, or do you stand by the novelization? Let us know in the comments below!