First Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige said they were re-casting The Hulk for The Avengers as they have a “need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members”. Edward Norton’s agent didn’t particularly like this “purposefully misleading” and “offensive statement”, and hit back saying Marvel’s decision to re-cast is mainly a financial one.
Now Norton has released a statement himself on the situation and he seems to be the only one not throwing verbal punches.
From Norton’s official Facebook page:
And there we have it. Hopefully this will be the last of the statements released, unless Joss Whedon has something to say too. It’s a shame it couldn’t be worked out but money has a habit of getting in the way of things.
While all this was going on CHUD posted an article saying that Marvel has already put out an offer to another actor, and that actor is Joaquin Phoenix.
Apparently he has cleared his head from all the rapping and retiring craziness and “is taking time to mull over the offer”. Marvel has famously helped Robert Downey Jr. get back on his feet career-wise, and they may be looking to do the same for Joaquin Phoenix.
This hasn’t been confirmed; however Marvel will be looking to announce their new Bruce Banner at Comic Con so we will know soon enough. What would you think if Joaquin was cast in the role?