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Marvel Fires Edward Norton From “The Avengers”

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Marvel Fires Edward Norton From “The Avengers”. Edward Norton has been fired from the upcoming Marvel Studios film “The Avengers,” in which he was tapped to reprise his role as Bruce Banner, a.k.a. The Hulk. The studio says it needs someone worthy, while Norton shoots back at the insult. The film will see some of Marvel superheroes come back, including Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, and more. Norton, who played the green hero in 2008, was also asked to reprise his role, but it seems his services are not needed anymore. Marvel has fired the Oscar nominee from the film, insulting him in the process. President of Production Kevin Feige said, “Our decision is definitely not one based on monetary factors, but instead rooted in the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members.” “‘The Avengers’ demands players who thrive working as part of an ensemble, as evidenced by Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Sam  Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, and all of our talented casts. We are looking to announce a name actor who fulfills these requirements, and is passionate about the iconic role in the coming weeks.” Norton’s talent agent Brian Swardstrom shot back, saying after Feige offered the role to the actor, there had been “civil, uncontentious discussions” for weeks. Marvel has rescinded their offer even before they had signed a deal. He said, “This offensive statement from Kevin Feige at Marvel is a purposefully misleading, inappropriate attempt to paint our client in a negative light.” “We know a lot of fans have voiced their public disappointment with this result, but this is no excuse for Feige’s mean spirited, accusatory comments. Counter to what Kevin implies here, Edward was looking forward to the opportunity to work with Joss and the other actors in ‘The Avengers’ cast, many of whom are personal friends of his.” “Feige’s statement is unprofessional, disingenuous and clearly defamatory. Mr. Norton’s talent, tireless work ethic and professional integrity deserve more respect, and so do Marvel’s fans.” “The Avengers” is slated for a May 2012 release with Joss Whedon as director

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Disney Princesses vs. Marvel Superheroines

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