Edward Norton Is Surprisingly Keen To Return To The MCU, Just Not As The Hulk

"I’m open to everything."

When Marvel reacquired the rights to the Hulk from Universal and released The Incredible Hulk starring Edward Norton, it was thought the actor would reprise the role in sequels and The Avengers.

However, following alleged disagreements with producers, Norton left the franchise and Mark Ruffalo – who was actually the first choice for The Incredible Hulk’s director Louis Letterier – joined the MCU.

While you’d think Norton would be kind of bitter about the whole thing, it turns out he’s actually keen to return to the world of Marvel.

Norton spoke to Total Film about leaving Marvel as his vision for where the character would go was quite different from what Marvel had in mind. The actor wrote a script that was similar in tone to Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight franchise and when they disagreed over how the film should feel, Norton left.

Credit: Marvel

“I grew up on the Hulk, I loved it. And actually people really liked the movie. You know, kids love the movie. It’s another one of those things: the amount of noise that people whip up around it. It’s so silly. I couldn’t be more happy to have been part of that whole tradition,” Norton said.

“The script I wrote for them had a two-part almost Batman [Begins]/Dark Knight kind of vision… When it was like, ‘OK, that’s not what you guys are into doing?’ To me, it just becomes a pure thing of time and life,” he continues.

“You can’t do everything, and I wouldn’t have made Birdman and Grand Budapest, and I definitely wouldn’t have made [Motherless Brooklyn] if that [franchise] was filling up my time. It’s silly to manufacture negativity when it isn’t there. You know, I loved being a part of it, and I think [Marvel] achieved everything they wanted to achieve. So God bless.”

He added that he thought what Ruffalo had done with the character was “unbelievable”, and left the door open for a possible return to the MCU.

Credit: Marvel

When asked about returning he said, “Maybe as a baddie? Maybe I’ll write my own,” he says. “I don’t know, I’m open to everything. I mean, I did Ask the StoryBots on Netflix.”

Norton has shown he has it in him to play the villain after starring in American History X and Primal Fear, so who knows – maybe he’ll make another MCU appearance in Phase Four or Five of the MCU?! Perhaps even in a Joker-style character study of a villain?

'Bombshell' Subjects Violated Their NDAs To Share Details With The Filmmakers

"We’re trying to protect them."

Bombshell starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie tells the true story of Megyn Kelly (Theron), Gretchen Carlson (Kidman) and other female Fox News employees and the allegations that led to Roger Ailes’ (John Lithgow) resignation.

According to Indie Wire, in order to tell the true story, director Jay Roach interviewed a number of people involved in the scandal.

Speaking at a Q&A after the first early screening of Bombshell, Roach said, “We had an obligation to really capture it authentically.”

“One of the things I have done in my other contemporary history films is go deep into actually interviewing real people, not just for authenticity … but also in details you get.”

Credit: Lionsgate

As a result of these interviews, he and writer Charles Randolph were able to create fictional character Kayla Pospisil, a Fox News newcomer played by Robbie who is exploited by Ailes.

The interviews with former Fox News employees found that Ailes would often ask for the female journalists to “stand up and give me a twirl”, something he would claim was appropriate as they’d be appearing on “a visual medium”.

In the film, this ends with Kayla being forced to lift up her dress more and more as a heavily breathing Ailes instructs her to until her underwear is exposed.

Kayla might not exist, but her experiences certainly reflect those of the people who were interviewed by Roach and Randolph. By sharing these details with the filmmakers, some of them were violating non-disclosure agreements, which is why Roach is keeping tight-lipped about who he spoke to.

“We’re not revealing the people we talk to. We’re trying to protect them,” Roach said. “We had heard that the Murdochs were responsible for giving Megyn the names of the women who had reported over the decades… we talked to some real people. What really happened was it was the weather lady who was still working at Fox when we started the movie and was undercover, almost like a whistleblower. But [Janice Dean] slipped the names to Megyn and Megyn did help get them to come forward.”

No doubt it must have been really tough for those women to share their stories if it involved violated their NDAs.

Robbie also spoke about how real Kayla felt to her despite not actually being a real person, “Usually, it starts with the character, but for this one it started with the script. It started with the content and the messaging and what the film was trying to achieve that I appreciated so much and knew I wanted to be a part of,” she said.

“I never expected to go on such a journey with [Kayla]. She’s so incredibly real to me… It was an incredible privilege to get to tell those women’s story through her.”

Bombshell is set for release in January 2020.

If Taika Waititi Hadn't Agreed To Play Hitler, Jojo Rabbit Wouldn't Have Been Made

"It was lunacy to me."

Taika Waititi “scoured the earth” to find the perfect person to play an imaginary version of Adolf Hitler in his new film Jojo Rabbit, but it turns out that the right man for the job was Taika himself.

Speaking with Deadline, Taika revealed it wasn’t a part he intended to play himself, “I scoured the earth for the perfect actor and sometimes your search for the right person is staring at you right in the mirror.”

Now, in a new interview with Business Insider, Waititi revealed it was Fox Searchlight that demanded he take on the role.

When he was writing the film, which is based on the book Caging Skies by Christine Leunens, all he knew was that he didn’t want A-lister to play Hitler for fear they’d dominate headlines.

Fox Searchlight execs loved the script, but told him, “We’re only interested if you play Hitler.”

Credit: Fox Searchlight

Waititi’s response? “[It] was lunacy to me,” he told the publication.

But, luckily Fox Searchlight pitched it in a way to make him reconsider, “They made a good point which was that particular role is written a certain way and it needs to be handled by the person who invented that character.”

“Part of it, like we said, is the celebrity distraction thing, but also because the way I wrote it, and because I knew how it needed to be played, it fell on me.”

He added that it ended up being the best decision, “It actually made it easier to play because I didn’t have to deal with someone else filtering what I was trying to do. They were right, looking back on it. If I worked with another actor maybe that person would have researched it too much or tried to do a more authentic version of Hitler and pulled away the buffoonery I was after.”

It also meant he had to direct the film while in a Hitler costume, “I was just embarrassed on set,” Waititi said.

“Having to be dressed like that and having to talk to people. Often I took off the moustache between set ups or put a hat on. Or I would take the jacket off. But still, you catch yourself in a reflection and you’re reminded. For most people it’s something like seeing themselves and going, ‘I forgot, I got a haircut yesterday.’ For me it was, ‘Ah, I forgot, I look like Hitler.’”

Jojo Rabbit seems like it could be a serious contender for an Oscar after winning the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. Green Book won the award last year and then went on to take out the Oscar for Best Picture, as many other TIFF winners have done in the past.

Jojo Rabbit hits Australian cinemas on Boxing Day.

Pop-up Channel

Follow Us