July 15th, 2010
10:24 AM ET

Mark Ruffalo: The next 'Hulk'?

Bana. Norton. Ruffalo?

In the last 24 hours, both fanboys and entertainment insiders have been in a frenzy over the idea of Mark Ruffalo becoming the next "Hulk.”

As reported earlier this week, Marvel Studios is on the hunt for a new actor to replace Edward Norton for the forthcoming project, “The Avengers.” Norton was the replacement for Eric Bana, who assumed the role in Ang Lee’s dreamier, 2003 version. Audiences and critics alike agreed that the 2008 reboot featuring Norton as “The Incredible Hulk,” brought toughness and realism back to the role.

So out goes Norton, and in comes Ruffalo? Not so fast. While The Hollywood Reporter notes that there is serious interest in the actor known for quirkier roles in films like “Zodiac,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” and the critically acclaimed “The Kids Are Alright,” nothing is set in stone as of yet.

Standing 5' 9" tall, Ruffalo might not be the physical embodiment of Bruce Banner that Marvel die-hards are used to (Bana is 6' 3", and Norton is close behind at 6' 1"), but you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in doubt over his acting chops.

Yet Ruffalo hasn't been so sure the realm of comic book movies is the right for him.

“I don't know if I’ll ever end up in that world,” he once told MTV News. “I was a big Frank Miller fan [growing] up, the ‘Wolverine’ and ‘X-Men’ series was cool, but as I’ve gotten older, I sort of haven’t been so much into it. My kid’s getting into that stuff.”

Is Ruffalo the right man for the job of the big green monster?

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  1. Jeremiah Murphy

    I hear Jeremiah Murphy's Hulk Screen Test has been leaked to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vya8QkS5Jv8

    July 18, 2010 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. wth


    July 16, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Daniel Troppy

    Who would have ever thought that comic book characters would be so lucrative for the film industry. Back in the golden era of Hollywood they didn't have mega comic book movies, they had original stories...... I miss those days...

    July 16, 2010 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. Marvel Diehards

    Who did the research for this article?? In the comics, Bruce Banner's official height is 5'9-1/2'. Technically Ruffalo is the closest in height.

    July 16, 2010 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. too funny

    Vinnie Jones as Bruce Banner? You actually made me laugh, idiot.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jonny

    Why the hell are they making more hulk movies? They've both sucked horribly. Is this the new batman franchise, who can play a crappier Hulk?

    July 16, 2010 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
    • D Nelson

      I haven't heard anything about another Hulk movie. This is about who will play the Hulk in the Avengers movie along side Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, and Samuell L. Jackson as Nick Fury (among others).

      July 16, 2010 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Anon

      Apparently a lot of people aren't actually reading this article. They are not making a new Hulk movie..... They are trying to replace Norton as Banner in the AVENGERS movie. Personal opinion, Norton did a good job, far better than Bana. And I actually liked Jennifer Connelly as Betty more than Tyler. There's an idea, if Betty makes any type of appearance in The Avengers, get Connelly back.

      July 16, 2010 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. gd94134

    Adrian Grenier from Entourage would be a good fit for the role.He has many of the same qualities that Bill Bixby had as an actor.Bixby's 'Hulk' had intelligence combined with empathy/humanity.Grenier has the potential to bring a different dimension to the role.He definately deserves consideration.

    July 15, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Duh

    What difference does it make? Bruce Banner is just some regular dude who transforms into something very specific - and that is all created with CGI effects. The creature is all worked by the SFX artists anyway. So what difference does it make? This character is so one-dimensional, all you need is someone who can play "angry". What actor can't do that? Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck, Casey Affleck, Hell, Miley Cyrus could do it. Anyone, you idiots!

    July 15, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • D Nelson

      Duh is a good name for you. Bruce Banner is hardly a one dimensional character. If you think that you have never read the comic, seen the TV show or seen either movie. (Well – okay, the Bana movie had the Hulk as kind of one dimensional – one of the reasons it didn't work).

      Norton's Banner was very layered and multidimensional, which is why I think he should be kept in the role.

      July 16, 2010 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
  9. Shiki

    What a disappointment :/

    Why man?

    July 15, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Big Banger

    Jim Parsons, who else but Sheldon as Bruce? Remember, Bruce is a frail character... Plus, as an added geek factor, when next season of BBT comes out, any references to the HULK will be doubly enjoyable.

    July 15, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ken mcwilliams

    Marvel movie continuity is starting to reek as badly as their comic continuity. First they make Kingpin and Nick Fury black, replace Bruce Banner one time, and now a second time? What's next, a gay Mexican female Thor for the Avengers movie?

    July 15, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. picky nicky

    Bring Bill Bixby back.

    July 15, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jango Davis

      Someday, digital technology will allow us to have a digital Bill Bixby and a digital Hulk!

      July 16, 2010 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  13. Maigen

    I want Norton back!! He was awesome!!!

    July 15, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. rob

    As a long time Hulk fan (since high school and now in my 50's) I felt like I had to put in my two cents. Norton, Bana, I think they both did a great job, but just like badnewsbears said and I couldnt agree more, it's the CGI computer generated fake looking & totally unrealistic Hulk that ruins the movie. I say they are looking to replace the wrong character. Hey, look at the top ten contenders at the Mr Olympia contest and get your pick of increadibly massive, vascular and huge real human beings that could play the part (it's a non-speaking role, maybe a couple of grunts here and there) or a Hulk smash!!! This current generation of bodybuilders is light years ahead in the sport compared to what it was like way back when Ferrigno was competing. Though im a fan of Ferrigno hes allready up there in years and there's a new generation of bodybuilders that make Ferrigno look small & unimpresive. Hope Marvel and Disney wake up before they flush a ton of money down the tubes for no good reason.

    July 15, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. fenriz218

    I always suspect that hollywood producers hire hacks to compose such "stories", just so that they can read the comments and measure them up .... if that is so, let me post a comment on why this person (sorry, I'm in Europe and have no idea who this actor is) isn't right for the role: The Bruce Banner character is an intelligent scientist – Edward Norton could pull that off and so could Robert Dixby but no amount of make-up will ever make this guy look like a nerdy scientist. If you have to replace Edward Norton, than cast Steve Buscemi as Dr Banner – it may not be very popular in Hollywood these days but HE CAN ACT!

    July 15, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Victor

    There was a rumor that Joaquim Phenix might be offered the role. Hope that's not true. Ruffalo is also not a good choice. Can't say I'll miss Norton, he really didn't do that much in the las Hulk movie that could be called outstanding, so its not that big a deal he gets replaced.

    Eric Bana was a good choice, he was just saddled with ahorrible script, that's all. Ben Affleck maybe?

    July 15, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nicky7

      Ben Affleck can't act (ex. Daredevil). He is the same in every film.

      July 15, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  17. beemr77

    Never heard of him!

    July 15, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Mason

    Ruffalo – pfffftttt. I say Michael C. Hall (Dexter). Actually a page has started up in the past few days which is geared at trying to get him some consideration. Help support the cause MCH fans!!!


    July 15, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Mario

    Replacing Edward Norton, which was totally unnecessary, with anyone makes me want to see this even less. Edward Norton does not deserve to be replaced and its very distracting to do so.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  20. EJ

    Ruffalo – they're kidding right?

    July 15, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  21. frank aguilar

    Wasn't the whole point of these Marvel films going to be that we'd see all of the established actors in their roles appear together on screen in the Avengers film? Wasn't that the big sell? Now they are replacing Ed Norton who plays a primary role as Bruce Banner and lamely jumplng on the 3D bandwagon with Thor and Captain America, both being converted to 3D POST-PRODUCTION. This is going to collapse in on itself if Marvel isn't smarter. Kevin Feige, you aren't as cool or intelligent as you think you are, and less than half as cool as your people tell you.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  22. jack merridew


    July 15, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Alan Deane

    Absolutely. Ruffalo is the perfect actor for the role. This article is an exciting surprise, as I hadn't thought of it.

    July 15, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  24. brianb

    Tom, it may have to do with the shortage of 8-9 foot actors who weigh over 1000 pounds.

    July 15, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Let's not forget that Ferrigno wasn't an 8-9 foot actor or 1000lbs, but the TV show did very well with a real person as the Hulk.

      July 16, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  25. Name Witheld

    Please no on the whole Mark Ruffalo idea. He's a decent actor, but he would not be able to pull off that role. Maybe they should cast a relative unknown in the spot, give someone new a chance to make it. I mean heck, here in America when X-Men came out, Hugh Jackman wasn't known here. Once X-Men hit the theaters he became an international and household name. I wanted to see the movie, just from the Statue of Liberty scene from the commercial, where he has that "I'm going to f- you up" look before he attacks Sabretooth. I looked at my friend and said "Now that's a believable actor right there. I want to see that because he's got me intrigued" From that moment on, I've been a huge Hugh Jackman fan. But if they pick a more known person in Hollywood, why not someone like Gerard Butler ? I think he might be believable and he's got the acting chops to pull it off. Just a thought.

    July 15, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Tom

    Doesn't matter who plays Bruce, lets get a real person to play the actual Hulk. Why would I want to go see some computer generated thing play the hulk. A view I believe also held by all the people who did not go see the first two films.

    July 15, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Bob

    If he can learn to hide his accent, why not the guy that played Juggernaut in the last Xmen movie?

    July 15, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |

    you're all crackheads, it's just another silly movie–anyone would think they are curing cancer.

    July 15, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      Says the guy named Ed Norton commenting on an Incredible Hulk article.

      July 15, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Alfred E Newman

    How about casting Peewee Herman if your going to consider this clown???

    July 15, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Rick

    Eric Bana was the best Hulk as of yet... the former looked like a total wuss and this guy looks like a tool.

    July 15, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      "Former" means first, meaning Bana. You probably meant "the latter looked like a total wuss..."

      ::getting off of soapbox now::

      July 15, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • yes

      I totally agree i eric bana was a great hulk.... to bad its hollywood politics that chooses

      July 16, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Brianb

    Want to see a great Hulk movie? Check out the recently released "Hulk v. Wolverine", and "Planet Hulk" animated movies.

    July 15, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Ex-Marvel Guy

    I worked for marvel during the days of the Ed Norton Hulk filming and all i ever heard from them was that he was such a Power hog and wanted more and more and more control over the film and never liked the way it looked. Mumbling around the studio was that he made the picture worse by all his additions and tweeks. He had too much power over the final product.....

    July 15, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  33. brianb

    Martine, not only has supergirl never been an avenger, she isn't even owned by the same company as the hulk. The Hulk is a marvle character, supergirl is DC.

    July 15, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  34. diesel2u

    Bring back Norton......they will NOT a single penny from me if he isnt recasted

    July 15, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Bubba

    People will pay to see it no matter who plays the Hulk, so they will use the cheapest actor possible.

    July 15, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Nicky7

    Marvel needs to focus more on the writing and why the sound people can't make the Hulk louder or roar. He's 10 feet tall and weighs about 1000 lbs. Why can't we hear him?! They also need to introduce his cousin, the She Hulk. Just don't make her corny and nausiatingly sassy like the cartoon version in the Hulk television series.

    July 15, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Kyle

    As far as Bruce Banners go, Mark Ruffalo is the closest, of the three, to Bill Bixby. Granted, Bixby isn't the benchmark, but he is the first live-action rendition of Banner...and the one that people like me (familiar with The Incredible Hulk, but not SUPER into the comics) look to as a "proper" Bruce Banner. As far as the chosen actor needing "acting chops"? Its a comic book movie, with 'The Avengers' being an ensemble comic book movie, at that. Anyone looking for Oscar-worthy performances will be extremely disappointed. Having said that, the role of Bruce Banner just needs to be played by someone who can pull off a meek, puny scientist and remotely look the part. I think Ruffalo fits that bill.

    As far as Hulk being computer-generated or a "real" guy"? Here nor there in my opinion. Going the CGI route, maybe they could tone down his size a tad but even in doing that... He's called The Incredible Hulk – not The Muscular Guy. He almost HAS to be larger than life.

    I hope you've enjoyed my novel. Now queue Rob for the reply........

    July 15, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Martine

    In the second Avengers volume, Supergirl is the leader. Why not bring her in on the first run and establish her cred? Just a thought. Oh yeah, and superhero-watchin' people are really gay. OK, back to debating whether Captain America should do political stuff like go to Arizona and secure the border...

    July 15, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Joe, San Diego

    The casting people obviously aren't comic geeks they just look at a small description and then select an ACTOR what a shame the Wizard magazine list potentials left and right... utterly ridiculous having Chris Evans as the Human Torch and now as Captain America, Halle Berry as Storm then as Catwoman... so many unknowns and all the casting people seek is a cash cow and then they wonder why movies flop (Superman Returns)
    Do your homework Hollywood

    July 15, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian Baker

      Pretty sure your example of Superman Returns is the only one that used an unknown (Routh). When it comes down to it, the key to making these movies work is story-telling. Focus on the characters and the conflict. That's why Superman Returns failed – the characters were flat and the plot made no sense.

      I agree with whoever above suggested Adrien Brody. Just have to add a little more nose to the Hulk.

      July 15, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Diana

    Matthew Gray Gubler.... He already is a geeky skinny nerdy doctor on Criminal Minds... So that part is a given and he is a lesser known actor than any of the above. I think he would make an interesting choice...

    July 15, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  41. ideefixe

    ...But I think Ruffalo would do a great job, he was awesome in Shutter Island, and good in Eternal Sunshine.

    July 15, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Joshua Ludd

    Ang Lee's "dreamier" version? Yeah... thats one way to put it. Another way to put it would be Ang Lee's HORRID version.
    As David Banner says: "Don't make me, Ang Lee. You wouldn't like me when I'm (made by) Ang Lee"

    July 15, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Arizona

    Mark Ruffalo would be great! He's a great actor and I think he could pull it off. Just give him the chance.

    July 15, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  44. yO JoE

    I say dolph lundgren

    July 15, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  45. shelstein

    Who is going to play the Lone Range? Masked heroes are awesome...

    July 15, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  46. yO JoE

    Robert Downey is the perfect Iron Man he is a drunk in real life and tony starks was a drunk LOL

    July 15, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  47. stephen garcia

    Hey..I say get Serena or Venus Williams in the role. They have the body for it.

    July 15, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  48. yO JoE

    Who is the next hulk after this Seth Green???

    July 15, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  49. K54

    Hey, if Robert Downey Jr can be Iron Man, Ruffalo can be the Hulk.

    July 15, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  50. yO JoE

    why would you replace Norton he was amazing!!!! Ruffalo is gonna be gay

    July 15, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Brent

    David Tennant?

    Norton is not coming back. The studio doesn't want to work with him anymore.

    July 15, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  52. ideefixe

    Steve Buscemi (sp?) Would be the perfect scrawny nerdy type to transform into the Hulk. "Look, you don't want to %&# with me when I'm angry"

    July 15, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  53. InfoHiro

    Edward Norton played the part well. It would be great to have him reprise the role. Not sure what happened though.

    July 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Mel Gibson

    Maybe they should use that Justin Bieber chick for the part. I mean, really, is there no end to the garbage these money lenders will shove down our throats. Arghhhh. Hey, new idea. I already have anger management problems, how about me for the part? The rage could be real if the movie is about Bruce Banner attending a global (read diverse) medical conference. Yup, I just struck gold if I can get past the illegal that works the security shack at the studio...

    July 15, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  55. OC

    If they don't use Edward Norton, they should not make another one, its beginning to be a joke. They can start where they left off but the need NORTON, or don't do it at all. It makes me mad to hear this, but who am I.

    July 15, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous

      They're not making another Hulk, they're looking for someone to fill the role of Hulk in The Avengers movie. Norton was dropped because he doesn't play well with others and The Avengers is an ensemble cast.

      July 15, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Rory

    Bana was good, the story was ok, the movie was below average. Norton was very good, the story was ok, the movie was ok. Odds are Ruffalo would be good, the rest is up to Hollywood so I am not holding my breath. Now Thor on the otherhand has potential with Branagh directing.

    July 15, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Collin

    I thought Bana was a better Hulk/Banner than Norton but I think Norton movie was better, still not good though. I like Ruffalo, he is a great actor and I wouldn't mind seeing him in the role of Banner/Hulk. I do feel that this role is slightly cursed after Ferrigno.

    July 15, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  58. andy a

    Although both are fine actors, neither Bana nor Norton are right for Bruce Banner. Banner is a push-over and borderline wimpy scientist. He's not supposed to be tough. You want a weakling who will later revert to a monster when angry. They need to hire a no-name, skinny actor whom you can break by throwing a beaker at him.

    July 15, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Someguy

    Ed Norton is the man, they should bring him back as the Hulk. He did a great job in the last one.

    July 15, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Brianb

    The Hulk is over 8 feet tall and weighs over 1,000 pds. What "real" actor can do that?

    July 15, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Gman

    NO, not at all. To bad Ed Norton couldn't come to an agreement, he worked, this guy does NOT.

    July 15, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  62. badnewsbears

    Why doesn't Hollywood see that it's not the main actor that keeps making the movies flop, it's the big cartoon hulk character that is so unreal and whack. Spiderman did incredibly well because it was a real person and even when they used computer animation it still was believable. The creature for the Hulk is just so unbelievable. I remember the real show with Lou F. and he was big but not bigger then a house. Get a real big giant like person to play the mean green man and it may be more appealing to audiences.

    July 15, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Dale

    I am all Hulked out, how many Hulk movies do we need? Friday the 13h over did it, Nightmare on Elm Street over did it and yes, even Star Trek over did it with all their sequels.

    July 15, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Chris


    July 15, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Victor

    Where is Bill Bixby when you need him?

    July 15, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Brent

    How about Nathan Fillion to fill the role of Bruce?

    July 15, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  67. btm

    Edward Norton is not 6'1. He's about 5'10-5'11 tops

    July 15, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      being 6'3" myself and having met Norton a few years ago, I can guarantee that he is approx 6'1"

      July 15, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Diane

    Is Edward Norton not available? He was fantastic in the role. Changing actors for every movie is unappealing, the audience cannot bond to the character if a different person is doing the role.

    July 15, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  69. hhm

    Why does the HULK rate 3 movies? They're not even interrelated! Same thing with the PUNISHER! For all the years of awesome stories to draw from, they keep letting Hollywood screw it up (DAREDEVIL, ELEKTRA). And I'm sorry, Captain America hasn't been born yet. There's nobody on the planet that can fill those boots. Destined to be a flop.

    July 15, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  70. KH

    Who cares about height? Hollywood always finds ways to make up for this. Look at Tom Cruise, he’s like 5 feet tall in real life but they always make him look average height.

    July 15, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      he's closer to 5'6" which is still ridiculously short but a far cry from 5'0"....

      July 15, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  71. MattinDC

    Ed Norton SUCKED in his role...plain and simple.......the HULK looked fake too. Ruffalo would be BETTER.
    Matt in DC

    July 15, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      News Flash: The Hulk IS fake.....

      July 15, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • D Nelson

      Norton was way better than Bana (nothing against Bana as an actor – he just wasn't right for the role) and the Hulk looked WAY better in the Norton movie than the Bana movie.

      I like Ruffalo in the movies I have seen him in, but i think Norton is better – and better suited for the Hulk role. Also, it would just feel wrong to switch actors at this point.

      July 16, 2010 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
  72. Brianb

    The Hulk was a founding member of the Avengers, but for exactly one issue. Ant-Man and the Wasp were founding members, and I don't even know if they are in this. You really just need the "trinity" (Cap, Thor, and Iron Man), and can work around the rest.

    July 15, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Collin

      The rumors are saying that both Ant-man and Wasp will be in the Avenger's movie along with Thor, Captain America and Iron-man, maybe more. Unfortunatly Joss Weldon(Buffy the Vampire – tv) is going to direct so its bound to be chessy b-movie/WB tv quality.

      July 15, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slag

      Obviously Colin there never watched "Firefly" or "Serenity."

      July 15, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buffy

      Collins is an idiot, the guy's name is Joss Whendon.
      BUT I second that Slag. Joss is an amazing creator and has some awesome ideas! Plus I loved Buffy and yeah it was chessey at times but it was a special brand of humor. Joss rocks! and I know he's going to have a pretty wicked/creative view of the Avengers.

      July 15, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  73. onioneater

    Is Rosie O'Donnell available?

    July 15, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  74. T Miller

    Andrew we can not do away with the Hulk and keep the Avengers semi-pure. He was a founding member of the group.

    July 15, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  75. todd

    I guess I'm in the minority, but I think Ruffalo is a better choice than either Norton or Bana!

    July 15, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  76. brianb

    Jeremy Renner would have been great for Banner (if you ever saw him in the movie "Dahmer", he would nail it), but I am happy he is playing Hawkeye.

    July 15, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  77. DiFatta

    Michael C. Hall of Dexter and Six Feet Under would be the perfect fit for Banner.

    July 15, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  78. mikeyd74

    Bruce Campbell... 'nuff said

    July 15, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      20 years ago, absolutely....but he's getting a bit old, out of shape, and has a supporting role on Burn Notice...

      July 15, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Ken

    What is Hollywoods fascination with casting little guys in these roles? His bio says 5'9" but having stood next to the guy he had to have been measured wearing lifts. Banner is tall and slender according to the comics. Norton is 6' tall, keep him.

    July 15, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      the idea is to further exaggerate the disparity between Banner and Hulk....maybe they should cast Mini-me as Banner and Brock Lesnar as Hulk and just trash the hokey special effect Hulk

      July 15, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chip

      Who cares about the height issue? Bill Bixby was 5'9" and nobody ever made an issue out of it. Anyway, with the amount of time to be shared amongst all the heroes in "The Avengers", I wouldn't count on seeing very much of Bruce Banner in non-Hulk form.

      July 15, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  80. ANDREW

    just do away with the HULK all together, its not working! big CGI green thing on the screen will always look too fake. ..hollywood has ruined the HULKs comic legacy by making crappy movies.

    July 15, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  81. Gen

    someone actually said that every one of nortons rolls has been that of a doofus? apparently they haven't seen "american history x". btw...banners stature doesn't really matter. the hulk thought of all humans as being puny, except for rick and betty. if that avengers movie goes to typical form, it'll be all about the hulk wiping the floor w/ the avengers until betty calms him down, and that'll be the only acting Ruffalo has in the movie.

    July 15, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  82. DavidCA

    Keep Ed Norton!!! This is just like when a network keeps changing the time and night of a good show; eventually the viewers will give up on it. The studio is going to kill the franchise with their meddling.

    Keep Ed Norton.

    July 15, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  83. JROD

    What happened to Joaquim Pheonix?? Sorry I don't see Mark Ruffalo as the next hulk. He just isnt the guy for the job. Here is an option these movie makers should consider: Put these pansy actors under a contract to make 3 or 4 movies if the first movie is a success. What actor isn't pretentious?? Wouldnt you be if you got paid a million dollars to play a role? The more they change the actors who play these characters the less believable and accepting the fans will be. In the end belief in the role and character is all that supports good ROI. GET WITH THE PROGRAM!!

    July 15, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  84. Dave

    Not a fan of Ruffalo. I love Norton...but I did not like him as Banner. Bana played the part well in my opinion, but he does NOT look the part.

    Banner is small, scrawny, and a complete wimp. He is the anti-thesis of the Hulk's physical embodiment. I cannot for the life of me think of anyone mainstream that fits the part. Zach Braff and Topher Grace have the right look to play Banner. Grace has the acting chops to some extent. But I wouldn;t be sold.

    July 15, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  85. Robert

    Mel Gibson would be PERFECT for the part!!!

    July 15, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Ridley

      Robert, we're talking about the casting of Bruce Banner, not the Hulk. "Hulk break bat over head!"

      July 15, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • holtram

      Mel Gibson would be great, but I hear he can't stand green people.

      July 15, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  86. JENNA

    Edward Norton & The Incredible Hulk SUCKED. Ang Lee's Hulk with Eric Bana was infinitely better – cinematically – visually & talent wise. Edward Norton hasnt done a decent movie in years are you kidding me? He has just become an overblown egomaniac who is still riding off the talent from when he was younger & hungrier. Being satisfied with mediocre at best movies is why everything sucks now – just bad remakes and endless comic book movies. Anything fresh or new is being restrained so that the mindless nimrods can go and enjoy crapfeasts like Transformers and countless other trash – I have a brain, I need more then just visuals to get my attention. A plot & talent are a must. They should just cast an unknown instead of paying ridiculously bloated paychecks to peope that dont deserve them.

    July 15, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • MattinDC

      This chic is RIGHT ON! Although I live in MD and Norton's from Baltimore....he's sucks as an actor. His last good flick was the Score. NOT believable in The Hulk......Liv Tyler wasn't much better EITHER!!!!! Shes starting to look like her dad with boobs.

      July 15, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • LisainDC

      Not that it really matters, but Ed is not from Baltimore. He was raised in COLUMBIA, MD and attended the same high school as my siblings, again in COLUMBIA, MD. His grandfather basically built/designed the town. People from Columbia, like myself, don't like to be confused with people from Baltimore. Anyway, Ed is a good actor. Thouroghly enjoyed him in Red Dragon, The Illusionist, The Score, and Primal Fear. He was an ok Banner. Can't think of anyone right now to replace him, but not real happy about the Mark Ruffalo as a choice.

      July 15, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dino

      I agree on one thing- I LOVED Eric Bana as the Hulk & Banner. I liked that they kept his features when making him digital, plus the desert scene was epic. I loved the background story you got on how he came to be, Eric Bana is the better one I believe!
      BUT Transformers was the BA!! plus shia lebouf was freakin hilarious! It was a really great movie.

      July 15, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donnelly

      Really? REALLY? His last good film was THE SCORE? Wow. Even THE ITALIAN JOB was a better film than that. And that's really saying something.

      July 16, 2010 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  87. T Miller

    Jango is correct the Hulk will be digitized anyway. However Ruffalo for the bit pieces??? NO WAY is he believable. Why not Topher Grace, if you want a nerdy looking Banner. or perhaps that kid from Zombieland Jesse Eisenberg (sp)?

    July 15, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  88. Sis

    I loved Edward Norton as the HUlk! I cannot believe they are seriously considering someone else.
    words cannot describe my disappointment.

    July 15, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  89. Jango Davis

    Actually, it really doesn't matter who plays Bruce Banner. Now that the Hulk's gone digital and the next movie is an ensemble piece, there won't be much character development. So, any capable actor can do Banner. People will be more concerned about the quality of the Hulk's digital animation then they will be about the quality of the acting of the person playing Banner.

    July 15, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Jango, that's the smartest thing I've read here.

      July 15, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      I must admit, you have a point!!!!! But, I was talking with my coworker about this. How about Will Smith! 🙂 LOL

      July 15, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  90. neil

    Please, god no! Marvel's Kevin Feige was having disputes with Norton, who was instrumental along with Louis Leterrier in giving us the awesome last incredible Hulk movie. Norton actually thought things would blow over, but Feige has incited the situation.

    July 15, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  91. brianb

    I liked the Ed Norton hulk movie, but I really don't care who plays Banner. Ruffalo would be fine. I just wish the people making the movies would get rid of the "stupid hulk", who really hasn't existed in the comic for more then a decade. In just the last 5 years, the Hulk was betrayed by the other heroes, exiled on some horrid gladiator style planet, where he dethroned the king, took a wife, and had a child. Then he came back to earth and declared war on the heroes who had betrayed him. I realize the movies can;t have as in depth a story, but they can certainly get beyond "Hulk Smash!"

    July 15, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  92. Jeebs

    They haven't made a Hulk movie in the past 10 years that hasn't sucked, and it only makes fewer people want to roll the dice to see the next one. Time to throw in the towel and come up with your own NEW superhero ideas, and stop trying to re-invent what your think the old superheros storylines should be.

    July 15, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  93. Chuck

    Why are people complaining about Ruffalo being shorter? – I've never thought of Banner as being very tall. He should be a relatively "puny" geeky doctor. I thought Norton was perfect, but it sounds like he was a nightmare to deal with.

    July 15, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  94. Ian

    Naja- What's wrong with Marvel is that they are owned by Disney now and you have Disney with their hands in stuff that should only be Marvel. I enjoyed Ed Norton in the recent reboot. Thousands times better than that God-Awful one in 2003. Can't wait for Captain America (although, I'm still trying to not think of the human torch when I see chris evans).

    Marvel, please keep Ed Norton for the Hulk. Don't blow the potential for a great Avengers movie.

    July 15, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  95. Chris

    Why not bring back Lou Ferrigno?

    July 15, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      Chris, I totally agree. The wording is all wrong. The only person to ever play The Hulk was Lou Ferigno. Banner is SUPPOSED to be a stark contrast from The Hulk. Banner was a doctor/scientist.... I'm quite sure Ruffalo can pull this off. Norton was great as Banner. And, the fact that he developed that previous script and incorporated Bixby was a nice touch. He did it right. The Bana story was, in my opinion, confusing as all get out. And I wasn't crazy about his performance. I've seen him do better. Norton and Ferrigno would be a great team! Stop giving the man cameoes!

      July 15, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  96. SaintPetersburg

    great choice, in my opinion. He's very creative. Looks like being in Shutter Island has opened up Hollywood's perception of him

    July 15, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  97. Shills

    No matter how much make-up, body suits, and etc. I can't see it. However, Bill Bixby didn't look or act like it either!

    July 15, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  98. Jimboe

    Norton said no, not Marvel. I like Ruffalo and I think he more resembles a Bruce Banner than either of the other ones.

    For me, it's a YES.

    July 15, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  99. Norton

    Norton is an ego-maniac. That's why the studio is looking elsewhere.

    July 15, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      it actually is FAR more likely that it might have something to do with Norton turning down the role when it was offered by the studio....

      July 15, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bug

      It's pretty apparent a lot of people are making judgments against Ed Norton when I'm pretty sure none of you idiots were there for the filming of the Hulk...how would you know he wanted more creative control? How can you claim to know he was a pain in the butt to work with?? To those of you who seem to think Norton is just a doofus-you're an idiot. Watch Fight Club, watch American History X, watch Kingdom of Heaven and Red Dragon, The Illusionist...he's a fantastic actor that can play anything from a doofus to a genius...people shouldn't be so judgmental, none of us knows why Norton isn't returning, and quite frankly it's irrelevant. Not bringing Norton back for this flick would be watching Marvel cut off their own legs; after changing from Bana (who was bad enough to begin with), Norton pulled it off, and anyone with taste would enjoy his return as Dr. Banner.

      July 15, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • D Nelson

      Rob – he didn't turn down the role. He was excited at the opportunity to reprise the role in the Avengers and was actively involved in negotiations to not only play the role in the movie, but also appear at a big comic convention with the other actors (Robert Downey, Jr., Samuel L. jackson, the two Chris's (Hemsworth and Evans) and Scarlett Johansson.) Suddenly Marvel came out said they decided to go in another direction – which was a big surprise to Norton since they didn't tell him first.

      July 16, 2010 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
  100. Jay

    I personally am not a big fan of norton in his movies because he always plays a doofus (italian job, The score) . HOWEVER, you have to admit that he is a great actor because if you hate someone that much by the end of the movie then he's clearly playing his role correctly. The contrast between Norton (skinny weak looking) and the incredible hulk is what makes it a great movie. replacing him would ruin the next movie.

    July 15, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      What about American History X, which is easily his best movie?...and he certainly wasn't playing the typical "doofus"

      July 15, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • evoc

      Then you didn't see him in American History X.

      July 15, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • evoc

      In fact, Norton should have won an Oscar for American History X...stunningly good acting.

      July 15, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      A doofus? are you kidding me? you've obviously never seen american history x, fight club, the 25th hour, and any one of his other movies that were awesome

      July 15, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Naja

    Why the hell woudl they replace Ed Norton??? He was perfect as Bruce AND the Hulk!!!! Why can't HE be in the Avengers movie???? Why does something always happen to mess up a perfectly good thing? I agree with Ken, "what the hell is wrong with you people at MARVEL???????

    July 15, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  102. Ken

    NO NO NO NO NO NO What the hell is wrong with you people at MArvel. Ed Norton was the perfect Bruce Banner.

    July 15, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      It sounds like Norton was areal pain to work with, and pretty much ruled himself out of the series

      July 15, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      No, that's what Marvel said, but that was just slander. He was all about doing the next Hulk movie, and was in negotiations to do so, but Marvel all of the sudden came out and said he's the worst guy ever, this has nothing to do with money. When in reality, it had everything to do with money, they just didn't want to pay Edward Norton what he was worth, even though he had said he was open to negotiating whatever, cause he wanted to do the role. Them saying he was a bad team player is just ridiculous, as he's friends with a lot of the people they are casting for the Avengers movie. Marvel is just greedy, which is why they sold out to Disney in the first place.

      July 15, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
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    • Claire Morton

      You can totally tell the reason Norton is no longer involved is because he wanted more creative control over his first Hulk movie and they totally denied him any artistic input besides his acting. They went with a shorter, faster paced movie and he felt that was the wrong way to tell the story and frankly was probably correct. Of course his feelings cane from an artistic perspective as opposed to Marvel's business perspective.

      July 15, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name Witheld

      Ken I agree with you ! I like Edward in this role. He was perfect, or so I thought. They need to find a way to keep him in.

      July 15, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Troy

    NOOOOOO, go away Ruffalo and bring Norton back!!!!! BOOOOOOOOOOO.....

    July 15, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Godstar

      Good grief, their choice for Bruce Banners keeps getting worse and worse. They should just go back to Eric Bana.

      July 15, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      Isn't it Norton that turned it down,not Marvel that dropped him?

      July 15, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Tikboy

      I liked Norton ,but if you have to replace him I say Ryan Reynolds would be a perfect replacement.

      July 15, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • dino

      Godstar- TOTALLY agree! Eric Bana was awesome!

      July 15, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Traci

      I don't give a damn, but please make him act like a PHYSICIST. At least Bill Bixby came across as quite intelligent and ingenious as Dr. David Banner. Both recent movies relied more on the CGI Hulk and less on the intellect of Bruce Banner. He's a doctor? Really? Could have fooled me.

      July 15, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
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      July 15, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Since, hollywood likes to pick white guys for Asian roles such as the Last Airbender, we should make the Hulk Asian, how about that 6' 2" Asian guy who played Zao in James Bond, Die another day.
      Or we should just mess with it all and make spiderman Indian, and Captain America Black. That would be entertaining and we can tell all the guys who stated these roles are fictional regarding the Last Airbender the same thing and all laugh about it.

      July 15, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phearis

      Tikboy, Ryan Renolds is already playing two different characters in the Marvel Universe: Green Lantern and Deadpool, Playing Bruce Banner would be over the top.

      July 15, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff


      Tikboy, Ryan Renolds is already playing two different characters in the Marvel Universe: Green Lantern and Deadpool, Playing Bruce Banner would be over the top."


      Green Lantern is DC

      July 15, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • matt

      Marvel will sell out any franchise to make a quick buck. Just call them Disney now. How many reboot's can you do before a total crash? Counting on DC for quality comic movies now.

      July 16, 2010 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • JerseyMarvelFan

      I like Ruffalo as an actor, but for cryin' out LOUD, why won't the studio heads go with Norton again? Because he's "difficult"? More like he's a perfectionist and let me tell ya, I would prefer my actors to be "difficult", if it meant they had a passion for a role and executed it perfectly, as Norton did.

      Shame on the Studios and Marvel for kicking Norton to the curb.

      July 16, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |

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