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Edward Norton Says No Hulk Sequel Yet, But Avengers Likely

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March 15, 2010
Source: MTV, ComingSoon

Edward Norton as Hulk

We're still a few years away from seeing Marvel build up several of their signature comic book characters into the superhero team The Avengers, and while one character already has his own sequel with Iron Man 2 on the way, there have been rumblings of another Incredible Hulk installment coming to fruition before The Avengers as well. However, making the rounds at SXSW, Edward Norton squashed those rumors when he told MTV: "No, I think they've got a whole lot of stuff to spool out before they get on into [a Hulk sequel]." Norton also nixed any involvement of a cameo in Thor or The First Avenger: Captain America. Read on!

Although the interviewers say Norton doesn't sound all that thrilled when talking about an Incredible Hulk sequel or The Avengers, in his denials, it sounds like he might be just waiting around until The Avengers is ready to actually be made before he decides to get big and green again. Norton explains to ComingSoon:

"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.

Norton then mentioned a very similar thought to Cinematical when they talked with him recently as well:

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."

Any thoughts of Norton still being bitter towards Marvel after some disagreements in the handling of The Incredible Hulk have been laid to rest as he says "the main guy I had a beef with [at Marvel] left anyways, as always happens. As David Mamet said, 'Just wait ’em out cause they'll be gone, and you'll still be there.'" I'd like to think David Mamet also said, "First prize is you're The Incredible Hulk. Second prize is you're fired."

Anyway, don't get your hopes up for Norton being in The Avengers just yet, but I can't believe that Marvel would go through all the trouble of rebooting the character without having plans for him in The Avengers. Hopefully Norton is up for the ride and the story allows some development of Banner/Hulk to appease the actor and writer in Norton's mind. It would be pretty cool to have those rumors and discussions about Hulk becoming the villain for Nick Fury and his team to face off against come true. And what better change in a character then a turn from good to evil? We'll just have to wait a few years and see how all of this pans out.

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  • Can't wait. Makes total sense to lay the foundation for other characters. Cause when they ALL come together for an Avengers movie - yewwwooo! that is gonna be sick!
  • Cody w
    It doesnt make sense that theyd give there first Avengers hint in The incredible hulk and then just not include him. For me that pretty much confirms he will be in the avengers or thats just plain retarded. P.S. Edward Norton is such an amazing fucking actor.
  • Hale18
    I loved the Incredible Hulk and Norton as the Hulk. Does anyone know what his beef was with the final cut? I know I loved it but was wondering what he wanted changed
  • jake the snake
    Hulk to play the villain in The Avengers!
  • moosebuddy
    remember Timothy Talbott he will be the Cap. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2227414/
  • Xerxex
    I agree with Cody w, Norton has got to be in it. Downey jr., Hemsworth, Norton, and ?- We need a Captain America! WE NEED JOSH HOLLOWAY!!!!!!
  • Cody w
    As cool as thatd be #4 it wouldnt fit with the way they went in incredible hulk, Banner finally learned how to control/unleash his alter self and Banner is a goodhearted character. Unless he lost control or something again but I dont see that happening.
  • jake the snake
    Cody w #7 I can see Loki (from Thor's world) taking control of the Hulk and making him do his dirty work. It's a scenario we've seen in comics too.
  • Cody w
    Thatd be crazy awesome....But theres no way of knowing yet so....yeah.
  • @moosebuddy #5: What on earth would make you think they'd cast some middle-aged, chubby, balding dude as Cap? That's about as likely as them casting Triple H as Thor. I was sad to see how Marvel (specifically Zak Penn) ruined Edward Norton's script for the Hulk movie. And, since Zak Penn (writer of such AWESOME -sarcasm!- movies like Elektra, Fantastic Four, Inspector Gadget, and X-3) is the writer for The Avengers, I can't see Norton ever agreeing to be in the film unless they park a couple Brinks trucks full of cash in front of his house. Sure, the guy in charge who hired Penn has left the company, but he's still on the project. More likely - if they do choose to include The Hulk - they'll just keep him hulked out most of the time so they can do it all with CG.
  • jake the snake
    Pete the Geek So Penn is the one Norton had problems with? I thought it might be Ari Arad or whatever his name is. Zak Penn is writing the Avengers? The Incredible Hulk was good so this news can't be that bad can it?
  • ddot3
    I wish they would tie spidey into all of this somehow... it makes sense any way you look at it, right? And by the way, i would love to see Josh Holloway as Cap too...!!
  • Wow!! Great actors for great characters but ..somebody know who will be the capi??? .. and well if norton have any trouble about the part who cares , there is a lot of actors who wants to be the Hulk..
  • Xerxex
    #13 but Norton was the best Hulk so far, he needs to in The Avengers, and this screenwriter may need to be replaced.
  • DoomCanoe
    @jake the snake @Pete the Geek Zak Penn had the script already written. But Marvel told Norton that if he produced and stared in "The Incredible Hulk" he could go over the script and change the character and dialogue as to what he thought would be best for the movie. He agreed and with only 2 months before shooting began he started writing. after the movie hit the editing room Marvel cut out almost everything Norton threw in relating it more to the original script Zak Penn wrote years earlier. Norton got 50min of his footage taken out along with most of his new dialogue for the other characters replaced by the original dialogue. As part of his deal with Marvel he was never credited for Writing or Producing the film. But what pissed him off is they made a deal that if he would throw down some money and act in the movie he would get to write a good portion of it. Then they turned the entire deal around, took his money and his face, then tossed out his script. Marvel fucked him over hard
  • jake the snake
    Doomcanoe thanks. i was wondering how it all went down. I would have liked to have seen a director's cut or Norton cut of the film to decide which I prefer but I guess that will never happen.
  • Jackson
    Please no more Hulk-exclusive movies. Not yet. Absolutely include him in the Avengers (despite the fact that it'll probably be another 5 years before that finally comes out) but please please no more movies focused solely on the Hulk. The Eric Bana reboot was abysmal, and the all-too-soon reboot of the reboot with Edward Norton was better, but still only modestly decent. I don't think filmgoers would forgive Marvel if they subjected us to another so soon.
  • If you go to Simplyscripts.com you can read Ed Norton's version.
  • Palmer
    Why not drop the avengers and make a civil war movie, yeah awesome super phun tyme
  • DaftPUNKFAN
    Ed Norton is bad ass :)
  • Jules
    @ 15 DoomCanoe you seem to be quite in the loop about what's going on at Marvel headquarters. Could you by any chance please reveal to us the real reason why they didn't chose Alexander Skarsgaard for Thor?? I still haven't been able to figure that one out. It seemed like he had the role in march '09, and then suddenly there was silence and then two months later the news that Chris Hemsworth got cast. Hemsworth's still a good pick hat is guaranteed to kick some ass, but Skarsgaard for Thor would have been the same spot-on casting as RDJ for Tony Stark. Anyone has more on this?
  • jake the snake
    #21 Jules I was wondering the same thing. I didn't hear why they didn't sign Skarsgaard for Thor. If they did, they probably wouldn't have a problem finding someone for Cap either. Alexander Skarsgaard as Thor and Chris Hemsworth as Captain America would have been perfect but not Marvel is stuck looking for a good Cap.
  • Xerxex
    #22 we have two perfect candiates or the Cap! Josh Holloway and Alexander Skarsgård! Skarsgård may not be American but I bet we could all forgive that, as for Holloway well he's perfect.
  • Jules
    # 23 Jake The Snake Well, your option was a good one but they could still turn it around and get Skarsgard for Cap. Well, except for the fact that he is not American. But then in Generation Kill he proved in all seven episodes that he can convincingly play a US Soldier that confidently and skillfully can lead troops into battle. Aside from the fact that he's not American I don't think it will happen since the reason why he didn't get to play Thor, whatever that reason is, probably resulted to him and Marvel not being best buddies in the foreseeable future either... I actually think Josh Holloway would be great as Cap. Jake Gyllenhaal would be a good pick and worked with Johnston before, but he will no way sign up for 300,000 bucks. Just saw on EW that Hedlund is now out of the running, bummer because he was imo the best of the remaining candidates, evtho Ryan Philippe could be an interesting choice. As regards to all the other candidates, Bethel might be okay but as for Evans, Tatum etc: RDJ and SLJ would have them for breakfast and send them crying home to their mommas.
  • Jimmy Love
    I like Norton but his attitude towards the film industry in general, sucks and i don't wanna see some spoiled brat stopping up the works. I say hire someone else, Hell get Eric Bana back, it wasn't his fault the first one was bad, that was Ang Lees fault. really the entire cast on HULK was fine just no Ang Lee.
  • hahaha
    "First prize is you're The Incredible Hulk. Second prize is you're fired." HAHA. You just became my favourite writer on here.
  • dac_fan
    The last hulk movie was the best marvel movie to date and i hope norton does another one.
  • SlashBeast
    Norton's had suspiciously bad taste in movie roles as of late. If he were smart he'd ditch Hulk, it's doing nothing for him, and get back into real movies.

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