Wednesday October 18th 2017

Hulk Fight: Edward Norton out Mark Ruffalo in?

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Just in case you’ve been in a cave, there has been quite a bit of drama going on over the past week around the upcoming Avengers movie. In a press release issued by Marvel Studios early last week, Edward Norton, the critically acclaimed actor seen in such “must-see” movies as Rounders, American History X, and Fight Club who took on the role of the Incredible Hulk in the 2008 reboot movie will not be invited back to play the role of Banner in the Avengers movie.

The Avengers movie will be directed by Joss Whedon, the creative mind behind TV series such as Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, and the movie Serenity. This news, which sent ripples through the fan base, has also generated some further commentary from both sides in the debate.

Ed Norton strains to smile after the press release.

Marvel Studios went on record by releasing an exclusive statement to the entertainment news web site, Hit Fix, that Norton would not be returning as the Hulk because of “the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members.” This comment was very upsetting, especially considering how many fans feel Ed Norton revitalized the Hulk franchise. Edward Norton proved he wasn’t a mindless beast when he released a statement on his Facebook page in thanks of the support from his fan base and to quell negative backlash of Marvel’s decision.

“I am so appreciative of the outpouring of support from fans of the Hulk and The Avengers that I feel it would be rude not to respond,” his statement reads. The 40-year-old actor also remarked that it was not for the lack of trying that he didn’t reprise the role of Bruce Banner. “I sincerely hoped it could happen and be great for everyone, but it hasn’t turned out as well as we hoped,” he wrote. “I know this is disappointing to many people and that makes me sad.” Norton closed out his statement by saying that he is “very sincerely grateful to Marvel for extending the offer and even more so for giving me the chance to be a part of the Hulk’s long and excellent history.”

For now it appears all talk about the role is centered on Mark Ruffalo, who you may have recently seen playing opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in the psychological thriller Shutter Island. Mark seems to be negotiating a contract for the role, but for now it remains to be seen. The news seems to change every day.

So far the confirmed Avengers Hero cast is:

  • Chris Evans as Captain America
  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor
  • Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
  • Tom Hiddleston as Loki

There are rumors around other roles, such as Hawkeye, War Machine (Don Cheadle), and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) also being part of the cast, but so far I can’t find any confirmations.

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