Former MCU actor Edward Norton famously made several changes to the script The incredible Hulkand author Zak Penn has revealed what many of them were.
In the new book MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios (Per TheDirect), Penn commented on how Norton had taken creative control of the script and insisted on changes ranging from minor to major. It would include everything from changing the names of bit characters to a major change at the end. On the latter, Penn admits he didn’t understand the change as it meant the superhero would put innocent people in danger.
“I had him walking east down the street in a blue hat, and now he’s walking west down the street in a red hat. And I had called his downstairs neighbor Lorina, and he changed it to Malina or something,” Penn remembers. “In the end there were some things that he really changed. I had a scene where Ross throws Banner out of the helicopter when he picks him up from the hospital. That was quite a shocking moment. They postponed that,” until a moment when he decides to jump to Harlem. So that’s a big difference: I had the feeling [the original version] would have been a really cool scene, and I didn’t quite understand why he jumped into Harlem, considering he could theoretically kill a lot of people.”
Edward Norton’s difficulties during production led to his exit from the MCU
Ultimately, the tensions that arose with Norton during the film’s production led to his exit from the franchise, and it was recently reported that the actor is still someone Kevin Feige never wants to work with again. After the production of The incredible HulkFeige had also released a public statement announcing that Norton’s role as Bruce Banner would be recast with someone more “collaborative.” As fans now know, the role would ultimately go to Mark Ruffalo, who has since played Bruce in the MCU.
“We have made the decision not to bring back Ed Norton to play the title role of Bruce Banner The Avengers“Our decision is definitely not based on financial factors, but on the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and team spirit of our other talented cast members.” The Avengers requires players who thrive when working as part of an ensemble, as Robert has proven [Downey Jr.]Chris [Hemsworth]Chris [Evans]Sam [Jackson]Scarlett [Johansson]and all of our talented performers.”
The incredible Hulk is streaming on Disney+.
Source: MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios