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

Published 5 years ago by , Updated March 15th, 2010 at 3:17 pm,

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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 be  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. Oh, please leave Ed alone, huh? We all know how this gonna work out. They're going to play coy about if he's going to be in the Avengers movie and then at San Diego Comic Con 2011 he comes out on the Avengers movie panel to HUGE applause.

    Let's not ruin that magic moment by pestering him, eh?

  2. The Avengers wouldn't be the same without the Hulk in, so I'm sure that Norton will be in it. I hope that the Incredible Hulk gets a sequel too.

  3. lol, I think anytime anyone talks to him (we haven't in person, yet) there's an obligatory Hulk question. He'll never live it down.

  4. Among all the superheroes in Avengers team, who can deny that Hulk wld be the most interesting & exciting role to watch simply because he is different than the others as he is a CGI character in 3D not just in term of physical appearance but also the dept of his role which required a great deal of an actor performance.
    I hope that they cld use the Avatar technology by now to apply on Hulk emotion expression. Speaking of that, will they be planning to shoot this film in 3D as well?
    Well anyway without the Hulk around what possible threat could the Avengers be or deal with. Not that I want the Hulk to be the villain (is just not right direction to go with) but I think he was pretty caught up between the good & evil. So in other words Hulk cld be the ace of winning an epic battle between the good & evil.
    Besides -agn what challenges of making this movie without having Hulk if we look from the point angle of a back crew team???

  5. i hope this works – it will either be one of the greatest monumental tasks ever done and done nicely or it will be an epic fail of biblical proportions in terms of fanboy geekdom and then we will never see this attempted again.

  6. I hope Norton is in it as Banner but both sides need to compromise. Norton gets a lot of money and likes to have some control. Marvel won't give it to him but they also have some say in decisions as well so Norton needs to ease up too. Let's just hope they can work it out since it's what the fans want (we definitely don't get everything we ask for with comic book movies).

  7. I also hope The Incredible Hulk is in the Avengers but I would like to see him as a pissed off villain though so we can see what kind of incredible CGI damage he could do to a city.

  8. While I think Marvel could do no better than having Edward Norton reprise his role as Bruce Banner, that coupled with Robert Downey, Jr as Tony Stark… it has me worried about Chris Hemsworth and whoever the (finally) pick to play Captain America.

    Norton and Downey, Jr. are amazing actors and while I did like Hemsworth as George Kirk, that's s all I've seen him in. I would hate to see that two of the stars of “The Avengers” couldn't hold their own Banner and Stark. I guess only time will tell.

  9. Wouldn't Nick Fury be part of “The Avengers” as well? If Nick Fury is a part of the movie, Chris Hemsworth and whoever winds up playing Captain America will be sharing screen time with three amazing actors; Edward Norton, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Downey, Jr.

    With these three formidable talents onscreen, it's important to cast an actor as Cap who can hold his own against them. Let's hope all will go well.

  10. let's not get out of hand about Samuel L. he's not amazing imo.

  11. What should've been done was get Ed Norton to sign a contract to appear in these assigned Marvel movies and have enough money in the budget to pay him for a guarantee to appear in such flicks. I just wonder, though, if all of this is cooked up to keep up interest in the upcoming movies. I am excited and looking forward to the Marvel movies. I am not a big Iron Man fan of the comics; but I sure love the Jon Farreau movie about him! He plays better on the big screen than in the four color comic. Iron Man, that is, not Jon Farreau! Cool how the cross over cameos works in these flicks.

  12. Samuel L Jackson is amazing whenever he feels like it. He just happens to be fond of really cheesy roles. Regardless, you can't deny that he's got a strong screen presence.

    But this was one of the reasons why I argued in favor of Brad Pitt taking the Cap role a few months back. He might not be the best for the role, he was never even my favorite choice, but he's the only actor I could think of that both fit the part and had the talent to stand on his own, and most importantly, lead Downey and Norton.

    Plus, who wouldn't want to see Pitt and Norton onscreen together again?

  13. I can see Brad Pitt as Cap but he's too much money so I know it will never happen.

    Samuel L Jackson

    Pulp Fiction – yes
    Unbreakable – yes
    Resurrecting the Champ – yes
    Jackie Brown – yes
    The Long Kiss Goodnight – yes (a personal favorite of mine)
    A Time to Kill – yes
    Die Hard Vengeance – yes
    True Romance – yes
    Goodfellas – yes
    Menace II Society – yes

    Great White Hype – no
    Sphere – no
    Jumper – no
    Star Wars – no
    Snakes on a plane – no
    XXX – no
    The Negotiator – no

  14. LMAO!!!

  15. ulik

    I must admit I have not scene Jungle Fever. I remember when it came out and all the talk was about it but I never got around to seeing it.

  16. That sort of makes me wonder how 'Daredevil” could have been in Favereau's hands. After all Favereau played “Foggy Nelson” Matt Murdock's” best friend in that movie.

  17. Talk about a lot of reading between the lines…. After all the drama with Ed on the first movie, I'd be really surprised to see him in Avengers or a second Hulk movie…. However, I really enjoyed most of Hulk.. when I wasn't sleeping, and would love to see another, or him in the Avengers……..┴

  18. I would rather not see Nick Fury in the Avengers, black or white and definitely not an “Ultimates” rendition.

    It has nothing to do with whether or not I like the “Ultimates” version or SLJ, BUT rather on having the founding members FIRMLY established. The last thing I want to see is the incoherent mess and lack of continuity that has occurred with the X-Men movies.

    Call me old fashioned but I would rather see the original founding members based on the original source material that is “Earth's Mightiest Heroes – The Avengers”.

    Work on the foundation first and build the house later. I'm sure we are going to see a sequel or two where other characters will be introduced.

  19. And yes I know SLJ is playing Nick Fury in IM2. It doesn't mean he has to crossover into the Avengers movie.

  20. @mchops

    Great list on SLJ. I reckon I pretty much agree with those choices. :-)

  21. I completely agree. Samuel L Jackson's screen presence might be worth more if he wasn't such an acting whore. As completely demonstrated by the list submitted below.

  22. Can you really list “True Romance?” He's in the movie for maybe all of 30 seconds before he gets shot. A great one scene movie for Gary Oldman – yes. For Samuel L. Jackson – not so much.

  23. Wow. I didn't realize the comment would display so far below. Clarification: I completely agree that Samuel L. Jackson does not have the best acting chops. He's a movie whore as demonstrated by the list currently above this post. And that's not even a quarter of the movies he's listed in!

  24. My personal choice would be to have Hulk be the villain, controlled by Loki. At the end of the film, Loki is defeated and then have Norton show up as Banner (after Hulk calms down, of course). That way, you don't have to pay him as much since he isn't in it that long. But will Norton agree to that?

  25. jessie

    yeah he's a complete movie whore. he has done so well but still does some extremely bad movies.