Marvel has confirmed that Edward Norton will not be “The Hulk” in the upcoming Avengers film that will premiere in 2012.
Norton’s agent issued a statement on the real issue :
“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 … this is no excuse for Feige’s mean spirited, accusatory comments. Counter to what Kevin implies here, Edward was looking forward to the opportunity to work with Joss and the other actors in the Avengers cast, many of whom are personal friends of his.”
Now the search begins for new Hulk. Let us hope he has the potential.