Edward Norton has been dropped from ‘The Avengers’, it has been revealed.
A representative for Marvel Studios confirmed the actor will not be reprising his role as Bruce Banner and his alter-ego the Incredible Hulk in the 2012 movie, claiming he cannot work as part of a team.
President of production Kevin Feige told website HitFix.com: “We have made the decision to not bring Ed Norton back to portray the title role of Bruce Banner in ‘The Avengers.’
“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 fulfils these requirements, and is passionate about the iconic role in the coming weeks.”
However, Norton’s representative hit back, saying his client had been in discussions to return to the role but Marvel pulled out even though both parties were about to agree a deal.
He said: “This offensive statement from Kevin Feige at Marvel is a purposefully misleading, inappropriate attempt to paint our client in a negative light.”
While Norton won’t be in it, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson are all expected to reprise their roles as superheroes previously featured in other Marvel movies including ‘Iron Man 2’, ‘Thor’ and ‘Captain America’.