You’ll be forgiven if you don’t recall that comedic actor Martin Starr was in ‘The Incredible Hulk’. He had the tiny role of “Computer Nerd,” but has popped up in a more significant role in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ and ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’. He even has a name– Roger Harrington. But during a Reddit, Q&A Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has just confirmed that these two characters are one and the same.
In ‘The Incredible Hulk’, Starr played a student working at the lab at Culver University, that Edward Norton’s Bruce Banner tries to sneak inside, disguised as a pizza delivery guy. His part was originally longer but this scene was cut out:
He also had a number of deleted scenes from ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’, which appear to be Starr ad-libbing hilarious lines in his famous deadpan.
One line that made it into the film followed the near-death scene at the Washington Monument. Afterward, Mr. Harrington stated:
“As you know, we made it out alive. And that’s the important thing. I couldn’t bear to lose a student on a school trip. Not again.”
Mr. Harrington will be back in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’, but this time he won’t be the only adult chaperone for Peter and the other students, as JB Smoove joins him as fellow teacher Mr. Dell.
Starr first gained notice on the 90s cult classic ‘Freaks and Geeks’, which also helped launch the careers of Linda Cardellini, James Franco, Busy Phillips, Seth Rogan, Jason Segel, and more. From there, he went on to star on ‘Party Down’, ‘Burning Love’, ‘Hawaii Five-O’, ‘Life in Pieces’, and ‘Silicon Valley’. He recently made an uncredited cameo on ‘Game of Thrones’, and is also a regular on ‘Drunk History’.
‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ webs up movie screens on July 2.
How do you feel about this deep cut connection?