Edward Norton Will Never Play Hulk Again, But Some MCU Fans Still Miss ‘His’ Bruce Banner

by Jeremy Spirogis
Edward Norton on the red carpet

There isn’t any doubt Edward Norton is without doubt one of the Top Ten biggest actors in America, even when some wouldn’t argue he’s made some profession missteps alongside the way in which. One of the most important ones is, arguably, when he took a segue to play Bruce Banner in the MCU.

A consensus within the fan neighborhood has stated Norton’s tackle Bruce Banner/Hulk was the weakest hyperlink in the whole franchise. However, some indicators are beginning to present extra are lacking his look for one fascinating purpose.

Some are beginning to recommend the Norton model paid higher homage to the unique comedian ebook Hulk (and the traditional TV present) than what’s been accomplished within the more moderen films. Now extra what-ifs are occurring about how Norton would have match into the later Avengers films.

Did Edward Norton give extra seriousness to Bruce Banner/Hulk?

Edward Norton on the red carpet
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Since Norton is thought primarily as a dramatic actor, the inventive staff behind 2008’s The Incredible Hulk (screenwriter Zak Penn) appeared to tailor it as strictly a straight-faced drama. This went in tune with the unique comedian ebook tales that have been at all times taken significantly and rarely devolved into tongue-in-cheek.

At play right here was additionally the transformation scenes. They have been designed to imitate these seen within the authentic late ’70s/early ’80s TV collection with Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno. Yes, this meant seeing a slower transformation and seeing Banner’s eyes flash inexperienced.

Viewers on the time might need thought it was only a pale imitation of the TV present after a complete technology had fond reminiscences of rising up with the collection. Others most likely thought Norton was out of his ingredient taking part in Banner/Hulk, outdoors of exploring lots of the identical fascinating anger themes the TV present did.

On Reddit, some followers are beginning to miss that older model of Hulk. Had Marvel stayed on a extra critical path with Hulk, possibly the character wouldn’t have been despatched out to pasture so quick.

Was it a mistake to convey comedy into the world of Hulk?

One of the most important complaints about Hulk with on-line followers is that Marvel actually did go into tongue-in-cheek mode together with his character, particularly in Thor: Ragnarok. Trying to combine comedy with the Hulk is considerably like oil and water, not together with having the massive inexperienced man look totally CGI-generated.

A key factor to higher regarding Hulk is when he seems to be barely extra human as he did within the outdated TV present. Mark Ruffalo has accomplished an excellent job portraying Banner, but his Hulk seems to be like one thing out of a online game.

Smart Hulk additionally hasn’t been very fashionable because it takes away the drama and supreme terror of Banner reworking into the creature. As one individual famous on Reddit, the reminiscences of seeing Natasha Romanoff freak out on the Hulk transformation is sorely missed.

It’s doable now that when children see Hulk, they simply consider him as comedy reduction somewhat than the intense and as soon as terrifying creature he was once. Perhaps Kevin Feige ought to maintain this in thoughts if a reboot of the character occurs down the highway.

Edward Norton won’t ever be again, however many ponder how he would have slot in

Call it ironic some followers now miss Norton being within the MCU, just because they miss the extra dramatic/compelling Hulk. Imagining another state of affairs of Edward Norton in all of the Avengers films is value pondering.

He might need been in a position to maintain a dignity with the character and maintain him extra critical/human in the long term somewhat than devolve right into a close to cartoon character.

Of course, Norton would by no means come again to the function since he’d be out of the acceptable age vary. Even Mark Ruffalo might by no means come again, apart from a cameo in upcoming She-Hulk.

Let’s nonetheless hope Hulk can return to his roots and be rebooted finally on the massive display. Many who nonetheless bear in mind being freaked out at Hulk on TV are nonetheless round and wouldn’t thoughts seeing the weather of science and anger explored in a sensible means.

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