Reason Why Marvel Left Out Edward Norton as Hulk in Avengers

Things are getting pretty ugly now for the Avengers, with Marvel Studios looking for a replacement for Dr. Banner. When the whole Avengers idea first started, Marvel Studios wanted to introduce fans to each Avenger superhero in their own movie. After all the hero’s movies have been released, it would have lead up to the biggest, ultimate Avengers movie with all the heroes teaming up for a greater cause. Now that idea will be tainted, since Marvel has confirmed that Edward Norton will not reprise his role as the Hulk in the Avengers movie.

On Friday, July 9th, Hitflix talked to Edward Norton about how he wants to be Bruce Banner and the Hulk, teaming up with Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, and Chris Evans. Originally, it was thought to be a money issue, but Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige sent Hitflix a statement yesterday, July 10th, on why Edward Norton is out as the Hulk.

“We have made the decision to not bring Ed Norton back to portray the title role of Bruce Banner in the Avengers. Our decision is definitely not one based on monetary factors, but instead rooted in the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members. The Avengers demands players who thrive working as part of an ensemble, as evidenced by Robert, Chris H, Chris E, Sam, Scarlett, and all of our talented casts. We are looking to announce a name actor who fulfills these requirements, and is passionate about the iconic role in the coming weeks.”

Ouch. So it seems that Marvel Studios didn’t feel that Edward Norton’s a team player. Today, Edward Norton’s agent fires back at Marvel on Hitflix  with this statement:

“This offensive statement from Kevin Feige at Marvel is a purposefully misleading, inappropriate attempt to paint our client in a negative light.”

“We know a lot of fans have voiced their public disappointment with this result, but this is no excuse for Feige’s mean spirited, accusatory comments.  Counter to what Kevin implies here, Edward was looking forward to the opportunity to work with Joss and the other actors in the Avengers cast, many of whom are personal friends of his.  Feige’s statement is unprofessional, disingenuous and clearly defamatory.  Mr. Norton talent, tireless work ethic and professional integrity deserve more respect, and so do Marvel’s fans.”

I doubt Marvel’s going to rethink this and go back with Edward, but sometimes, you can’t just move on and disregard all responsibilities. Sometimes, you have to suck it up and give the people what they want. Whatever the case, will the fans welcome the new Hulk? or will they retaliate and demand that Edward Norton be the Hulk?

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