Edward Norton explains why he left The Hulk

Edward Norton as Bruce Banner in the Inredible Hulk

It’s a known thing that Marvel and Edward Norton weren’t working well together on The Incredible Hulk. It was rumored that Marvel wanted Norton out because he was too demanding. He left and was replaced by Mark Ruffalo, who has now become a fan-favorite.

During an interview while promoting Birdman, he told NPR’s Fresh Air that it was his decision to leave the Marvel cinematic universe.

“My feeling was that I experimented and experienced what I wanted to. I really, really enjoyed it. And yet, I looked at the balance of time in life that one spends not only making those sorts of films but then especially putting them out, and the obligations that rightly come with that. There were just a lot of things—I wanted more diversity. I sort of chose to continue on my path of having a diversity of experiences. Maybe on some unconscious level, I didn’t want to have an association with one thing in any way degrade my effectiveness as an actor, in characters. I think you can sort of do anything once, but if you do it too many times, it can become a suit that’s hard to take off, in other peoples’ eyes. And if I had continued on with it, I wouldn’t have made Moonrise Kingdom, or Grand Budapest, or Birdman, because those all overlapped with [Avengers]. And those were more the priority for me, but I continue to be a fan and I’m really, really happy I got to do it once.”

Do you think the rumor about Marvel and Edward Norton fighting and not getting along was the reason for the split? Or do you believe that Norton really wanted to pursue many different projects?

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