Edward Norton Talks Leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe


Most people know what happened: Edward Norton starred in The Incredible Hulk and was replaced by Mark Ruffalo for The Avengers. Norton has talked many times about his feelings on leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe but now he has some more comments after seeing the massive impact these movies have had. While promoting Birdman, Norton said:

“My feeling was that I experimented and experienced what I wanted to. I really, really enjoyed it. And yet, I looked at the balance of time in life that one spends not only making those sorts of films but then especially putting them out, and the obligations that rightly come with that."

“There were just a lot of things—I wanted more diversity. I sort of chose to continue on my path of having a diversity of experiences. Maybe on some unconscious level, I didn’t want to have an association with one thing in any way degrade my effectiveness as an actor, in characters. I think you can sort of do anything once, but if you do it too many times, it can become a suit that’s hard to take off, in other peoples’ eyes."

“And if I had continued on with it, I wouldn’t have made ‘Moonrise Kingdom,’ or ‘Grand Budapest,’ or ‘Birdman,’ because those all overlapped with ['The Avengers']. And those were more the priority for me, but I continue to be a fan and I’m really, really happy I got to do it once.”

Massive blockbusters aren't for everyone. A lot of actors would rather do more artistic films than be in the highest grossing movies of the year. I respect Norton for that and I'm glad we got to see him in at least one film as the Hulk.

What do you think? Are you still upset that Edward Norton left Marvel? Are you glad Mark Ruffalo replaced him? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Written by: Nate
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