While speaking to Total Film magazine via Gamesradar, The Incredible Hulk star Edward Norton revealed has not ruled out returning to the MCU in a different role.
It was 2008 when Marvel was beginning the launch of their own cinematic universe. Norton was a part of that launch with his own movie in Phase One called The Incredible Hulk. The film received mixed reactions and he was on his way out before the MCU truly took off. Over the years, Norton has openly criticized Marvel for not buying into the story that he had created for his character, Bruce Banner. Despite all the drama, The 50-year-old actor revealed he would be open to returning to the MCU as a potential villain.
“Maybe as a baddie? Maybe I’ll write my own. I don’t know, I’m open to everything. I mean, I did Ask the StoryBots on Netflix.”
It is good to see that Norton is being wise in not smashing all the bridges with Marvel. In fact, it is very intriguing to see if Norton does return to the MCU as a villain. For most of his career, Norton has played as the villain and he’s good at it too.
Since leaving the MCU, Norton has gone onto play big roles in films with the likes of Birdman and Grand Budapest Hotel. He’s grateful that he was able to do the films that he wanted without being tied down to one franchise earlier in his career. Norton also praised Marvel for being able to accomplish what they set out to do:
“The script I wrote for them had a two-part almost [like the] 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. You can’t do everything, and I wouldn’t have made Birdman and Grand Budapest [Hotel], and I definitely wouldn’t have made [Motherless Brooklyn] if that [MCU 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.”
It is great to see two different sides of the dilemma of being able to reach varying success throughout the years. The curiosity of Norton playing a big name villain in, perhaps, a future Avengers film may be too good to pass up for both sides. It would be a full circle if Marvel and Norton are able to come to a mutual agreement.
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