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?