It sure has been fun following the word sparring between Marvel’s Kevin Feige and Edward Norton’s agent, Brian Swardstrom, hasn’t it? Feige announced this week that Norton would not be returning as Bruce Banner/The Hulk in future Marvel films, namely The Avengers, which prompted a defensive response from the actor’s agent.
Well hang on tight kids because there’s more fun to be had with this one!
In typical 2010 fashion, the man himself, Edward Norton, has now released an official statement to us via his official Facebook page! Check out the full statement here below.
His statement seems too politically correct for my tastes. I want to hear what Norton’s ACTUALLY thinking without having to worry about ruffling any feathers!
As most of you know, I don’t like to talk much about the business of making movies because it means a lot to me to protect the audience’s fullest enjoyment of the ‘magic’ that films can have. But I am so appreciative of the outpouring of support from fans of the Hulk and the Avengers that I feel it would be rude not to respond. So here goes: It seems it won’t work out for me to continue playing Bruce Banner for Marvel in “The Avengers”. I sincerely hoped it could happen and be great for everyone, but it hasn’t turned out as we all hoped. I know this is disappointing to many people and that makes me sad. But I am very sincerely grateful to Marvel for extending the offer and even more so for giving me the chance to be a par of the Hulk’s long and excellent history. And I really can’t thank the fans enough for how much enthusiasm you’ve sent my way about what Louis and I tried to do in our turn with the legend.It means a lot to me. I grew up with Banner and Hulk and have been a fan of every incarnation. I’m really proud, and very blessed, to have been one of them and will be thrilled to see him live on through other actors. Hulk is bigger than all of us, that’s why we love him, right?