Ed Norton Now More Likely To Return For The Avengers? [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 15th, 2010 at 3:17 pm,

avengers incredible hulk 2 as villain ed norton Ed Norton Now More Likely To Return For The Avengers? [Updated]

The major question regarding Marvel Studios’ plans to bring all their big screen superheroes together for the team-up epic, The Avengers, is simply ‘Who’s going to be in it?’

While we can confirm that The Avengers roster will include the big three of Iron Man, Thor and Captain America, it hasn’t been so clear about whether or not Bruce Banner and his big green alter ego will sign up as well. Over the past year, there have been numerous interviews with actor Ed Norton about whether or not he’ll be back and his answers ranged from little hints of what the future of the Hulk could entail to a seemingly lack of interest in being a part of Marvel’s plans.

Ed Douglas at Superhero Hype had a chance to speak with The Incredible Hulk star Norton yesterday and took the opportunity to ask him about his status in regards to Marvel Studios and their in-development film projects.

“Yeah, to some degree, through my agents… But there’s always been an agenda I think to unspool a lot of the Marvel Universe and then come back… I think they’ve got a lot of new stuff that they’re rolling out and then I think at some point they’re going to figure out how they want to get around to ‘Avengers.’”

While this presents no exciting information about a possible The Incredible Hulk 2, it does confirm that Norton’s reps are in talks with Marvel for him to be a part of The Avengers which to me is not only important, but necessary considering the foundation they set up in that movie, crossing over with a cameo from Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark.

Marvel President of Production, Kevin Feige, has mentioned the Hulk to beĀ  part of The Avengers in the past and there have been plenty of rumors that Norton could appear in Iron Man 2. While the first part should be true, the latter was shot down from Iron Man director Jon Favreau who clarified that Iron Man 2 takes place in the timeline before The Incredible Hulk.

From what we know of Iron Man 2 from the trailers (check out our own Iron Man 2 extended trailer!) it seems that by the end of the movie, he’ll be a full-fledged member of S.H.I.E.L.D. working with Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and recruiting heroes for The Avengers initiative (insert cameo in Hulk movie). Going forward, we also know that Thor takes place after all of these movies so he’ll be next to sign up, followed by Captain America who the team will unfreeze at the end of that character’s movie, leading into The Avengers.

The real positive here is that Ed described his response as “cheerfully optimistic” which bodes well for Marvel film fans everywhere.

[UPDATE: Just to put a (temporary) end to some other rumors floating around about possible Hulk/Bruce Banner cameos; MTV spoke with Ed Norton about his future with Marvel where he responded that there are no current plans for him to shoot cameos in Iron Man 2, Thor or Captain America.

"We'll see what they want to do. I figure it's a ways down the road."

This of course can change as Thor is still in production and Captain America is set to begin this summer. If he is to make a cameo, I would expect it to be at the end of the Captain America movie where I hope to see him alongside Tony Stark and Thor as they meet Captain America, setting the stage for The Avengers]

Share your thoughts in the comments and with us on Twitter @ScreenRant and @rob_keyes.

Iron Man 2 opens May 7, 2010, Thor opens May 5, 2011, The First Avenger: Captain America hits July 22, 2011 and The Avengers is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012.

Source: SHH

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  1. True Romance was a 30 second role for him basically but it's one of my favorite movies of all time so I decided to list it anyway.

  2. they dont need norton to film a cameo they can just use the original opening scene from the incredible hulk where banner tries to kill himself in the artic and hulks out releasing captain america

  3. I know… Bruce Banner appears as a patient to Dr. Blake:

    Banner: “Do you know what is like, being isolated from everyone? Having to hide a …. altered persona? Afraid you might hurt someone you care for?”
    Blake: “It feels like your being banished?”

    :D

  4. They should do something like the Ultimates and have Hulk turn all gray and stuff from the super soldier serum and wreak havoc.

  5. The same goes for Goodfellas, SLJ gets his head blown away by Joe Poesci's character before he actually does any real acting in the movie.

  6. The same goes for Goodfellas, SLJ gets his head blown away by Joe Poesci's character before he actually does any real acting in the movie.

  7. Hmmmm….. interesting

  8. I could care less if the Hulk showed up in the Avengers. He has never been an integral member of the team, and I'd wager that even Stan Lee wished that in retrospect the Hulk was never a founding member of the team in the comics either. The Hulk was part of the Avengers for only the first two issues for a reason. If anything I would like to see the Hulk as an adversary of the Avengers, but I doubt they'll go into that direction.

    All the people saying the Avengers wouldn't be the same without the Hulk obviously don't read the comics, nor even thought about how disastrous the Hulk's personality would actually be for the Avengers' sense of unity.

  9. I could care less if the Hulk showed up in the Avengers. He has never been an integral member of the team, and I'd wager that even Stan Lee wished that in retrospect the Hulk was never a founding member of the team in the comics either. The Hulk was part of the Avengers for only the first two issues for a reason. If anything I would like to see the Hulk as an adversary of the Avengers, but I doubt they'll go into that direction.

    All the people saying the Avengers wouldn't be the same without the Hulk obviously don't read the comics, nor even thought about how disastrous the Hulk's personality would actually be for the Avengers' sense of unity.

  10. No Hulk – No Avengers !