Marvel acknowledged Edward Norton’s redesign in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law episode 2 ten years after Mark Ruffalo took over as the Hulk. Kevin Feige acknowledges that he almost cast the former Hulk actor in the Disney+ series at the conclusion of the first season. The Incredible Hulk, directed by Edward Norton, became the second iconic movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe following the success of Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man.
Starting with the 2008 picture, Norton was supposed to play the Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Unfortunately, the actor and the company were unable to come to an agreement on a creative direction during production. Soon Mark Ruffalo replaced Edward Norton as the Hulk in The Avengers when Norton decided he no longer wanted to be involved in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
After years of criticism, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige released a statement explaining why Edward Norton was replaced in The Avengers, saying they wanted to find an actor who reflected the same level of innovation and hard work. team than the rest of their stellar ensemble.
The choice made by Marvel Studios was not made for financial reasons. Instead, it stems from our exceptional cast’s shared request for a member who can best represent their innovative energy and ability to work together:
“Marvel Studios’ decision is certainly not based on monetary factors. Rather, it is rooted in the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members.
The thought matters
Director of She-Hulk Kat Coiro voiced in a recent interview that Marvel scouted for Edward Norton to reprise his role as Bruce Banner for the series finale.
Coiro said she and Marvel Studios explored replacing Mark Ruffalo with Norton for this sequence, as Banner was played by a different actor the last time they saw each other.
“There’s been a lot of talk about the fact that the last time they were together, a different actor played the Hulk. And Marc [Ruffalo] makes a lot of jokes about it. And we came up with the idea of trading Mark for Edward Norton. But that didn’t happen.
Would Edward Norton return to the MCU if he had the chance?
As reported by RBC In 2010, Feige’s statements were met with a swift rebuttal from Norton’s team, who called them an offensive, deliberately false, and inappropriate effort to portray the actor as poor.
If Norton is right, then the MCU needs to invent evidence to support his new artistic journey. But if Marvel execs are right, then Norton was really hard to deal with, and they made the decision not to extend his contract because of it. As far as I know, Edward Norton may not want to return to the MCU. Unless, of course, things of the past are left where they’re supposed to be. Until then, Mark Ruffalo is the one we get.
CREDIT: The Nuherald.