Will Edward Norton Hulk Out Again for THE AVENGERS?

     March 16, 2010


Will he or won’t he?  Movie fans everywhere are anxiously waiting to find out if Edward Norton will join Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, and whoever-ends-up-playing-Captain-America on screen by reprising his role as Bruce Banner/The Hulk for the upcoming The Avengers.

In numerous interviews at the SXSW Film Festival (where he’s promoting his upcoming film Leaves of Grass) Norton may have placed a couple nails in the coffin of a potential sequel to The Incredible Hulk and his involvement in Marvel’s future plans.  However, he left a lot of his answers fairly open-ended by citing timing and what Marvel wants to do in the future as the most important factors. In an interview with MTV, he said, “We’ll see what they want to do. I figure it’s a ways down the road.” Hit the jump for a bit more on Norton’s SXSW interviews and short video of the MTV interview.

Here’s the video of Norton speaking with MTV:

the_incredible_hulk_movie_image_edward_norton_l.jpgDespite his very public disagreements with Marvel over The Incredible Hulk, it seems that Norton still holds a special place in his heart for the character and is not ruling out a Hulk comeback entirely.  When asked about his current status with Marvel, he told ComingSoon.net:

There’s always been an agenda I think to unspool a lot of the Marvel Universe and then come back… I think they’ve got a lot of new stuff that they’re rolling out and then I think at some point they’re going to figure out how they want to get around to ‘Avengers.’

Further supporting the notion that it will mostly depend on how exactly Marvel wants to continue to introduce all of the characters in The Avengers, Norton gave a very similar response to Cinematical:

It has got more to do with what Marvel is doing. I get the sense they have this grand vision of unspooling a lot of their characters and then starting to put them together. I think they can only do so many at a time. Obviously, they are doing Iron Man 2 and then getting some of the new ones out.

Many are suggesting that this is an absolute “no” from Norton. In my opinion, based on the interviews I’ve read, there seems to be an undertone that Edward Norton would love to revisit the character.   He continues to be disappointed with the direction Marvel took with The Incredible Hulk, but is not completely closed off to another possible go at it.  I personally believe that most fans would love to see Norton in The Avengers and Marvel will ultimately act on it.  Seeing as how The Avengers will not actually be hitting movie screens until May 4, 2012, they still have time to make some serious decisions.

  • Corin Prendiville

    We can be certain that that date will be pushed back already. It would be nice to see Norton in the Avengers film simply because Norton is such a quality actor and I would like to see him alongside Downey.

    I loved The Incredible Hulk until Hulk showed up, but the entire first half of the movie with Norton on the run was amazing. The ending sequences were less than spectacular.

  • http://www.efavata.com/CBM/ Landfill

    I would definitely love to see Norton next to Downey Jr. but it looks like this might not happen. I really hope Marvel or whoever pissed him off with the second Hulk film come to their senses and fix this dilemma. What sucks is we know Marvel has no problem with re-casting.

  • Kalisto

    Marvel sucks when it comes to procuring their characters. The lost Terrance Howard, lost Norton, almost lost Rourke and SMJ.

  • NightAvatar

    He was the best thing about that movie. I didn't much like Liv Tyler (though she's fine in LOTR and other films) nor the other characters, but I liked the story idea and all of Norton's scenes. I wish he had more control of the film. I think it would have turned out much better. Oh, and if Jennifer Connelly had returned. :D

  • NightAvatar

    You said it better than I.

    The ending action sequence with two CGI monsters fighting was not what I wanted to see. I felt the same about Transformers 2. Too much CGI action, not enough heart.

  • NightAvatar

    I know, WTF? I really wish Howard would have remained for IM2, though I like Don Cheadle fine, he doesn't seem to me to be the military tough guy type.


    Norton, or even Bana, werent the bad parts of either HULK film. It was the very bad CGI and design that ruined both film for me.

    As someone mentioned, The first half of I-Hulk was great! But when the silly looking overly rippled, wrong shaped Hulk turned up. And Ang Lees Hulk was just ugly in the face.

    Why do they get it right, when they make a game or fmv shots, but in the movies he looks all wrong.

    If Hulk IS in the Avengers, I hope they change the design, and spend more time making him look more real. Maybe WETA could do a better job ?

  • brandon_a

    I have a feeling that the AVENGERS will be pushed back. Of course I want it to come out ASAP but I would rather the push back for this whole, HULK/AVENGER/NORTON complication to be worked out PROPERLY. When I first found out that NORTON was hulk I was pissed. BOY was I wrong with him doing a spectacular job. The only thing I didn't like about the hulk was the ending fight scene. Before HULK ripped the cop car in half using it as boxing gloves it should have been a more hand to hand BEAT ASS fight. With them being in the middle of the street there were a TON or things they could have smashed each other with, knocked, thrown into etc…

    Then Marvel loses NORTON!! NOOOOO!!!!! Please Marvel with in reason get NORTON back. Have another HULK film (with the LEADER and whoever else) before the AVENGERS in 2012. Hell, you could have HULK 2 come out MAY 2012 and the AVENGERS realease AUGUST 2012. Then shoot it with IMAX 3-D cameras. LOL! Ok I'm getting a little carred away but that would be GREAT!!! (It can be done! Plus Louis Leterrier is done with CLASH OF THE TITANS and we know he wants another film)

    Then Cheadle replaces Howard. NOOOOO!!!!!!! I loved Cheadle to death. GREAT ACTOR but you need continuity, plus I feel HOWARD is better as well.

    What's going on with ANT-MAN/GIANT MAN???

  • faustapp

    Im sorry but how else would a hulk movie end other than him and Abomination smashing each other. Did you ever read a Stan Lee comic? That's what their like, the set up and the fight. I loved IH, I would with elementary kids and they LOVE the Incredible Hulk and are always asking me if I know when the sequel is coming out.
    It works to have the hero face of with a more brawny opponent in the first film and save the more intellectual ones (The Leader) for later, but you have to allow for their to be a sequel.

  • Melissa

    I'm a huge fan of Edward Norton, but GO CHRIS! I can't wait to see him in his next movie, CA$H!! Very cool that he did an indie movie.

  • The Rogue Spook

    The main mistake in the first Hulk movie, was the adaption of the TV series, and not sticking to the true comic origins of the hulk. Of course Marvel not learning theirlesson chose the same format for the second Hulk film. In both cases the movies didn't fair as expected. The main problem with any Hulk story line, is with Banner, who marvel mistakenly believe needs to be a big name star. Attention Marvel, no one cares about seeing Banner on the run, no one is paying for a ticket to see that. We want to see the Hulk kicking someones ass, and we really don't care who. The Hulk is a Jeckel and Hyde story,and know one wants tosee the good doctor I'm afraid. If you do another Hulk, forget about Norton, Bana, or who ever, HULK CGI all the way. If the Hulk fights the Avengers, leave Banner out of it, he will only be a distarction, and take away from the action we are paying to see.

  • http://www.youtube.com/theegamedude Theegamedude

    Wait. Don't these studios have these actors sign contracts oblidging them to do the sequels to cover their butts with these franchises? Kind of baffled.

  • http://www.youtube.com/theegamedude Theegamedude

    Wait. Don't these studios have these actors sign contracts oblidging them to do the sequels to cover their butts with these franchises? Kind of baffled.

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  • marvel fearless montano

    i hope they don’t make the same mistake they made in iron man 2 and replaced war machine with another actor. the whole time i was watching iron man 2 i was taken away from the story every time i saw the new Rodey, and i couldn’t enjoy the movie…and that guy was just a side character. there talking about getting rid of a main character and replacing him with someone new….people are going to be taken away from the movie that they have been preparing for, for 4 years….just bring Edward Norton back.