The Unimaginable Hulk’s Edward Norton Open to Marvel Return
One-time Marvel star Edward Norton, who performed Bruce Banner-slash-Hulk in 2008’s The Unimaginable Hulk, is open to returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Norton offered an uncredited remodeling of The Unimaginable Hulk’s script and famously clashed with Marvel over remaining lower of the Louis Leterrier-directed followup to Marvel’s first impartial effort — blockbuster hit Iron Man. Norton’s reported behind-the-scenes issue on Hulk led to his being ousted from the position and changed with Mark Ruffalo from 2012’s The Avengers onward. When saying the choice to maneuver on from Norton in 2010, Marvel mentioned in a press release the selection was “undoubtedly not one primarily based on financial elements” and that the studio as a substitute wanted “an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit” of its Avengers ensemble.
“Yeah, why not? I had loads of enjoyable with it,” Norton mentioned on Larry King Now when requested if he’d return to the Marvel universe. “I by no means made a film like that.” Requested if he was “shocked” Marvel solid him within the position, Norton answered, “No, I used to be match for Bruce Banner. So is Mark Ruffalo, he’s incredible.”
“I imply, Mark and I got here up collectively in New York. He’s like among the finest, and other people all the time attempt to create pretend arguments and stuff. But it surely’s like doing Hamlet,” Norton continued. “The Hulk, it’s like, Invoice Bixby was nice, Eric Bana was nice, I hope I used to be good, Mark’s nice. I believe it’s simply a type of issues loads of nice actors are gonna get to do.”
In 2010, Norton’s consultant, responding to the “offensive assertion” from Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, mentioned Norton was “undoubtedly open” to becoming a member of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner in The Avengers. After a “superb” assembly with writer-director Joss Whedon, Norton was “enthusiastic on the prospect of being part of the ensemble solid,” based on the consultant.
However after “a number of weeks of civil, uncontentious discussions, however earlier than we had come to phrases on a deal, a consultant from Marvel known as to say that they had determined to go in one other path with the half,” the agent mentioned. “This appeared to us to be a monetary resolution however, regardless of the case, it’s fully their prerogative, and we accepted their resolution with no arduous emotions.”
Extra just lately, in October, Norton mentioned he had plans for a pair of Hulk motion pictures that skewed darker than Marvel’s plans.
“I laid out a two-film factor: The origin after which the concept of Hulk because the aware dreamer, the man who can deal with the journey,” Norton advised The New York Instances. “They usually had been like, ‘That’s what we wish!’ Because it turned out, that wasn’t what they needed.”
Marvel, bought by Disney in 2009, “weren’t going for lengthy, darkish and severe.”
“We had constructive discussions about occurring with the movies, and we appeared on the period of time that might’ve taken, and I wasn’t going to try this,” Norton mentioned. “I truthfully would’ve needed extra money than they’d have needed to pay me. However that’s not why I might’ve needed to do one other Hulk film anyway.”