The on-again off-again relationship between Edward Norton and Marvel has reached its finale as an official statement is released and very eloquently states that Norton’s creative collaboration is not a fit with their other talented cast.
So no Norton Hulk for Avengers. But there will still be Hulk in Avengers.
last week Marvel confirmed that Norton would not be back for the new film due not to “monetary factors” but the “the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members.”
So while Norton’s people are currently stomping their less than gamma radiated feet at the snub, they are still sticking to the story that it was about money.
So now that Norton is most certainly off the list of contenders, who might play Banner in Joss Whedon’s Avengers?
Chud is reporting a rumour that they have already offered the part to Joaquin Phoenix, which would bring him out of his puzzling fake retirement to bring hermit back to the rap industry image.
Phoenix is an amazing actor, and I would love to see him take on this role. I really liked Norton as Banner, and CGI Hulk will always be CGI Hulk, so that doesn’t matter much. But Phoenix would do a fine job if the rumour is true.
And it might mean he returns to mainstream films again, all the better news.