By now you probably know that Edward Norton will not reprise his role as The Hulk in the upcoming Avengers movie directed by Joss Whedon. So what’s the reason for this? Kevin Feige, president of Marvel, recently gave an “it’s not me, it’s you” reason for snubbing Edward Norton out of the Bruce Banner role. Here is the statement released by Feige.
“We have made the decision to not bring Ed Norton back to portray the title role of Bruce Banner in the Avengers. Our decision is definitely not one based on monetary factors, but instead rooted in the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members. The Avengers demands players who thrive working as part of an ensemble, as evidenced by Robert, Chris H, Chris E, Sam, Scarlett, and all of our talented casts. We are looking to announce a name actor who fulfills these requirements, and is passionate about the iconic role in the coming weeks.”
Ouch. So it seems Feige and Marvel think that Norton can’t be a team player. Norton and his side couldn’t stay quiet for long. Norton’s agent, Ben Swardstrom, recently released a statement firing back at Feige calling his remarks “misleading” and “mean spiritied.” Move past the break for Swardstrom’s official statement.