Edward Norton And Marvel Still Not Getting Along

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Incredible Hulk movie 01 Edward Norton And Marvel Still Not Getting Along

Looks like Ed Norton and Marvel are still not playing nice. In an interview with MTV News, the star of this summer’s The Incredible Hulk film said that Marvel hasn’t communicated with him at all about reprising the Bruce Banner role in the planned Avengers team-up film or another solo feature.

Openly sharing his thoughts, Mr. Norton says this:

“The minds of Marvel are sometimes opaque,”

“I won’t say [they're] obtuse, but I don’t have any idea what they want to do.”

The Avengers team is expected to feature the big name originals: Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man and possibly Wasp. I would also assume Dr. Henry “Hank” Pym (Antman) would have to be in this film as well.

It seems that Mr. Norton isn’t too happy or excited about the idea of The Avengers, or even knows much about what it is.

“They’ve got this notion of collecting the Marvel characters”

“Who knows where they’ll go?”

It doesn’t sound like he has much faith in this idea, or maybe he simply doesn’t want to be a team member and would rather be the lead. If that’s the case, I can see his problem as most of the action scenes wouldn’t even include him, it would instead be his giant green CGI counterpart.

Either way, I feel it’s extremely important to have him play Bruce Banner in The Avengers film. I would also love to see an Incredible Hulk sequel.

How would they do this without him? Re-cast? Not include Hulk? Both bad moves in my opinion. Since Marvel has made their film schedule publicly known, they should be signing these stars immediately. I for one, thought Ed played an excellent Banner, despite his off-screen manners and attitude.

What do you guys think? Is Norton as Banner crucial? Or is re-casting him okay?

Source: MTV

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  1. You know for a guy who said he was a big fan of the comics growing up – he sounds like he doesnt know much about The Avengers.

  2. Marvel really screwed both the Hulk Movies, by not STICKING to the original comic format. The TV show was they start of this and who ever made the choice to continue the movies where the tv show left off, really missed it. The Hulk is a classic Jeckel and Hyde theme. Marvel should realize, no one is paying to see Norton, Bana or anyone else play Banner. We are paying to see The Hulk, and to see the The Hulk smash. This is the reason these two movies never busted the 300 million mark at theaters.

  3. Well from what I’v e read Ed Norton wasn’t whinning or bitching, he just said he doesn’t know anything. No one has told him anything. Isnt it possible that NOrton is just keeping the plot and stuff quiet? Trying not to spoil the plot and such I mean it is over 2 years away? Maybe we shouldnt get excited just yet?

  4. Pesonally, Edward Norton made the new hulk movie for me. I’m a big Norton fan since Primal Fear. I thought Eric Banna was a little too melodramatic. I really hope to see Norton in The Avengers. I’m sure he won’t have much on screen time, but his acting, and the continuity would be totally worth it for me. In my opinion, Marvel would really screw up by recasting.

  5. Sounds to me like Norton wants to come back for a sequel, but Marvel never contacted him for it. Norton was a good Banner, and he’s got the talent and the credibility to make a great movie. The Incredible Hulk was one of my favorite movies last year, and the good cast was a reason for it, as well as the screenplay, which Norton helped write btw. Why mess with success? Marvel should have had his contract set up with sequel commitments already. Plus Norton can use the role to keep him in the spotlight and use it to promote his other films. I’m up for more Norton as Banner.

  6. norton did a great job with hulk, but i think marvel isn’t inviting him back because norton had too much influence on the direction the hulk movie ended up taking. they probably don’t want too many cooks in the kitchen when they do the avengers movie since it’s going to be a nightmare in production anyway. haha, all these whiny supermegasuperstars complaining about facetime and how these movies will position their careers.

  7. Hollywood churning out still more of their techno-wampum trash for their marketer’s wet dream across the Pacific
    -wherein the most genocidal regime in human history
    continues to reign.

    Of course Norton, Hollywood and our entire western media
    and entertainment establishment -hooked-up to the junk credit lines from the same -refuse to out their halocaust.

    That’s right -70 million ‘peacetime’ murders—FACT.

    Who can guess what ‘people’s paradise’ I’m talking about?

    -Can you ED?

  8. Edward Norton is the BEST!! Not including him is a stupid move on the studio’s part. He is a BIG box office draw!!