Ed Norton/Hulk UPDATE!

Well this story has pretty much Hulked out all by it’s self!

After Kevin Feige’s statement about Edward Norton, Brian Swardstrom of WME (Mr Norton’s Agent) has fired back.

“This offensive statement from Kevin Feige at Marvel is a purposefully misleading, inappropriate attempt to paint our client in a negative light.  Here are the facts:  two months ago, Kevin called me and said he wanted Edward to reprise the role of Bruce Banner in The Avengers.  He told me it would be his fantasy to bring Edward on stage with the rest of the cast at ComiCon and make it the event of the convention.  When I said that Edward was definitely open to this idea, Kevin was very excited and we agreed that Edward should meet with Joss Whedon to discuss the project.  Edward and Joss had a very good meeting (confirmed by Feige to me) at which Edward said he was enthusiastic at the prospect of being a part of the ensemble cast.  Marvel subsequently made him a financial offer to be in the film and both sides started negotiating in good faith.  This past Wednesday, after several weeks of civil, uncontentious discussions, but before we had come to terms on a deal, a representative from Marvel called to say they had decided to go in another direction with the part.  This seemed to us to be a financial decision but, whatever the case, it is completely their prerogative, and we accepted their decision with no hard feelings.

Ouch, looks like someone isn’t telling the whole truth! Was Edward Norton a difficult little diva or was he asking for too much Money? Were Marvel doing what was best for the movie or we’re they doing what was best for their bank balance? Again I don’t think we’ll ever know.

In Other Avengers news!!

The current rumour doing the rounds is that Marvel have offered the Bruce Banner role to Joaquin Phoenix!! i’m not sure i feel about all this, he’s a great actor, but i can’t see him as Bruce Banner. i guess we will have to wait and see what happens at SDCC in a few weeks.

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  1. What a mess!

    • matt pease /

      yeah it’s a big tangle but hopefully the fans get a good movie in the end! thats all that matters

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