Disappointing. If I hear next that Downey and Bale aren't in it, I'm sensing a "Wait Until DVD" moment.
Okay, from Marvel President Feige:
"We have made the decision to not bring Ed Norton back to portray the title role of Bruce Banner in the Avengers," wrote Feige. "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."
This is quite possibly the most spun piece of BS I've heard. Norton was the REASON The Incredible Hulk was made. He loves the character, consulted heavily with Marvel execs on the movie, and respects the canon, the character, and the storyline. Norton met with Whedon and immediately cleared his filming schedule to film The Avengers.
They don't want Norton for some reason. Be damned if I know what it is.
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