In 2008 Edward Norton starred in The Incredible Hulk, the second film in phase one of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. The Hulk is doubtlessly one of the greatest Marvel characters ever, and the film made tons of money with Norton doing some impressive acting in it, but there was a power play happening behind the scenes of The Incredible Hulk that ended up pushing its star out of the MCU. There are plenty of stories about how Edward Norton is hard to work with, but is that the only reason why he was fired from his job as the Hulk? It’s true that there are a plenty of difficult actors that manage to keep their jobs, but as you’ll come to discover Norton really takes the term “difficult” to an entirely new level.
While it would have been great for there to have been another veteran actor working in scenes with Robert Downey Jr. and company, it turns out there were just too many difficult Edward Norton stories from his first foray in to the Marvel Universe for the company to want to work with him again.
Marvel Knew Norton’s Perfectionist Reputation, But They Cast Him Anyway
The Director Wanted Mark Ruffalo For The Main Role, Not Norton
Norton Was Doing Script Rewrites "Every Single Day"
Norton Wanted The Film To Open With Him Attempting Suicide
Norton Was Allowed To Do Script Rewrites, But He Couldn’t Control The Final Cut Of The Film
Norton Threatened To Pull Out Of Publicity Obligations If He Didn't Get His Way