Edward Norton Isn’t A Team Player, According To Comic Book Movie People
After The Incredible Hulk came out in 2008, everyone was like “Meh, it was no Iron Man (though Robert Downey Jr. did have a cameo as Tony Stark in the film), but it'll do.” But that's the thing about comic book adaptations: They can be really great or really sucky, and half the time it has nothing to do with the actors cast but just the general difficulty of transforming a beloved series for obsessed fanboys into a CGI-packed film.
But despite the fact that The Incredible Hulk got okay reviews, Marvel Studios will not be bringing back its movie star lead for The Avengers film currently in the works. From the studio:
“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.”
Yikes. Edward Norton is worse than Chris Evans? That is the biggest F-U a major franchise can say about any actor, ever.