Incredible Hulk: Marvel vs Edward Norton

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  • Published on Apr 23, 2019
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    Here’s Edward Norton in his latest production -- breaking away from the script, breaking down on the stage, and insulting everyone around him. What we’re watching is not documentary footage -- it’s a scene from Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Edward Norton is deep into his role as Mike Shiner, a stage actor. The scenes may be fictional -- but does the script and character draw from real-life experiences? Well, some people from the Incredible Hulk production may think so. A whirlwind of rumors, stories, and angles from both sides tells the dramatic tale of Edward Norton’s one and done role as Bruce Banner in the MCU. But what exactly happened and why was the behind the scenes drama in the battle between Norton and Marvel even more intriguing than the Hulk versus the Abomination!? Learn the true story -- hear both sides, learn about Norton’s movie production history, and see how not only is the MCU ten years strong, but so is the feud that never seems to die down.
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  • Bettina Ebers
    Bettina Ebers 3 days ago

    Norton is better Hulk in alone movie and i would have liked if they made a second Hulk movie with him, but Ruffalo looks and fits for me better to the Avengers as a team Member , on the oderside it would be nice to know how the Avengers movies look like with Norton as Bruce Banner

  • Projekt 9
    Projekt 9 10 days ago

    Still this Norton was the best hulk... If his hulk had been around Thanos wouldn't have stood a chance in the first movie! LOL Norton's hulk got strong as he became more angry, but Rufalo's hulk starting having psychological issues and just became a big teddy bear. I couldn't stand that.

  • Pro Platinum
    Pro Platinum 19 days ago

    I heard somewhere that the director wanted to cast Ruffalo as Banner in TIH, but Marvel wanted Norton because he was a well known actor at the time.

  • Russian Bot
    Russian Bot 21 day ago

    Norton as Bruce Banner was better than anyone before or since.

  • Rorschach Daws
    Rorschach Daws 24 days ago +1

    Best Hulk

  • half-assed gaming23
    half-assed gaming23 25 days ago

    I love Mark Ruffalo as Banner and Hulk but I've always felt it would have been interesting if they kept recasting the character for every film he appeared in.

  • M K
    M K 25 days ago +1

    Norton is better as hulk and Ruffalo was better as Bruce banner. LIKE IF YOU AGREE

  • Thomas Maxwell
    Thomas Maxwell 26 days ago

    I know this is an unpopular opinion but I like Ruffalo better than Norton I know Norton played Hulk better and was more accurate but I don't know I just like Ruffalo better for some reason

  • Ibis Fernandez
    Ibis Fernandez 26 days ago

    He's only hard to work with because he demands more of himself and his fellow actors/crew. Only mediocre people are the ones complaining about his work ethic.

  • Ibis Fernandez
    Ibis Fernandez 26 days ago

    Edward Nortons hulk is the only good one. So far the best and only good hulk movie. His character had fourth like bill bixbys hulk. I also loved that he paid homensge to Bixby in the film.

  • Benjamin Callinicos
    Benjamin Callinicos 26 days ago

    I don't know why they don't just go back and implement Don Cheadle and Mark Ruffalo into those previous movies.

  • Evil Koala
    Evil Koala 27 days ago

    It's like Norton's Hulk never existed haha and i dont mean disrespect.

  • Greg Bedard
    Greg Bedard 27 days ago

    I loved Edward's Norton's portrayal of Bruce Banner.

  • Bruce Wayne
    Bruce Wayne 27 days ago

    Bruce bana

  • Ball Juice Of Zeus
    Ball Juice Of Zeus 27 days ago

    Liv Taylor is my fave

  • I. Wyrd
    I. Wyrd 27 days ago

    I see no need to assign blame. I agree with your statement that: with the benefit of hindsight, it probably just wasn't a great pairing: Marvel and Norton.
    FWIW, I like Mark Ruffalo Hulk and the MCU. But Edward Norton is certainly a good actor. I need to watch Birdman, I've been meaning to for a while now.

  • tang roro
    tang roro 28 days ago

    I honestly prefer Ruffalo's version of Bruce Banner, but MCU has been having trouble giving Hulk a distinct characterization

  • Shivani
    Shivani 28 days ago

    TBH the MCU movies would have sucked with Norton as the Hulk!

  • Samtagri
    Samtagri 29 days ago

    Hulk is a fantastic movie exactly because of his acting. Marvel’s loss...

  • son goku
    son goku 29 days ago

    Atleast Ed cared about the movie

  • Hadi Cena
    Hadi Cena 29 days ago

    The mcu fired ruffalo, can we please get norton back please

  • Nolan Walls
    Nolan Walls Month ago

    ed was the best the beginning the ed way was awsome an it's from the book. an u break ice an release cap

  • mpd mpd
    mpd mpd Month ago

    edward norton not that great :D

  • Tidey Bridey
    Tidey Bridey Month ago +3

    As interesting as I think it would have been to see him continue on as the hulk I definitely agree that Ed Norton would probably have left mid way through the MCU

  • Iwas Sold
    Iwas Sold Month ago +2

    Send Norton to DC, put him in Batman's Rogue Gallery.

    Joker Solo Film
    Two Face Solo
    Penguin Solo
    Riddler Solo
    Clayface Solo, the actor one

  • I Heart Movies
    I Heart Movies Month ago +2

    I love Mark Ruffalo. I can’t stand prim madonnas

  • Edward Castro
    Edward Castro Month ago +5

    Is the name "Edward" a weird name? (Just asking for a friend)

  • FitForActing Reynaldo Balmes

    @2:03
    It’s Tyler not Taylor

  • justine yuri
    justine yuri Month ago +2

    Edward Norton's story of seems like or like a realistic side of hulk. You know? Like a Mature version of it

  • Garret Burrow
    Garret Burrow Month ago +3

    Norton's a special boy, all about them lolly pops & fancy pants

  • Jason Caldwell
    Jason Caldwell Month ago

    I liked eric bana as hulk. And to be honest the edward norton and second reboot to spider-man films were great

  • Arieson
    Arieson Month ago +1

    10:55 (Spoilers) But in End Game two people attempt suicide, and one actually does! ITS STILL PG-13

  • Fat Trevor
    Fat Trevor Month ago +2

    thanks to edward i do not count incredible hulk as MCU

  • Eric Bogar
    Eric Bogar Month ago

    They ruined the Hulk with a CGI Hulk.

  • rick pendzich
    rick pendzich Month ago

    @2:00- Holy Crap! Elizabeth Taylor is in "The Incredible Hulk?!" Oh, wait... nevermind. They said, "LIV Taylor"; not "LIZ Taylor." Silly me. (blush)

  • Aidan Neal
    Aidan Neal Month ago

    I want a fully Norton Hulk movie

  • Saber0003
    Saber0003 Month ago

    My opinion before watching is this: Ed Norton might be hard to work with, but I'd argue there is a method to his madness. His track record indicates that his methods improve his movies.

  • Afro Desiac TheRealSxyBeast

    The biggest problem with all previous Hulk movies is Bruce spent most of the movies trying to not turn into what people paid to see. Also, the military was always looking to capture, clone and weaponize Hulk for themselves. It was always the same movie with a different cast.

  • Oman Styles
    Oman Styles Month ago

    The snowy arctic scene was amazing and would have been cool to see at the theatre. That being said i thought he was the best Banner! I will even go as far as saying he would have made a good Stark if Downey didn’t take the part.

  • Joey Gallardo
    Joey Gallardo Month ago

    What's wrong with having a longer cut of the film?

  • Paul Staker
    Paul Staker Month ago

    Norton could've made the script better, but that wasn't his role in the production.
    I myself would want to see Norton's Hulk movie, but clearly he was in the wrong.

  • Michael Gomez
    Michael Gomez Month ago +1

    Mark ruffalo

  • Sean Fitzgerald
    Sean Fitzgerald Month ago

    His version would have been good

  • SparkyPantsMcGee
    SparkyPantsMcGee Month ago

    I mean when your screenwriter is credited on The Last Stand and Electra, can you blame Norton on trying to make some changes? It also sounds like with both Hulk and even American History X his changes were a good call.
    That said, I think Ruffalo does a good job capturing the spirit of the character in a more family friendly manner.

  • Vesting Knight10
    Vesting Knight10 Month ago

    Nortons Banner was more human, shy, nervous, and scared about his powers even when he knew he had it in control.

  • Will S
    Will S Month ago

    Liv "TAYLOR"? LOL

  • Edgy Veggie
    Edgy Veggie Month ago

    It sounds like this guy just became Australian.

  • FIN
    FIN Month ago

    why doesn’t he become a director, lol

  • Kyle Vernon
    Kyle Vernon Month ago +1

    Norton was better at a standalone Hulk movie based on comics.
    Ruffalo was amazing as Bruce Banner but the Hulk became less and less relevant as the MCU went on.

  • Punk Zappa
    Punk Zappa Month ago

    Well zak penn writing obviously bad, for example look at the xmen franchise, they make the Xmen as a victim of a mutanic plague. Not a Hero like the Avengers.

  • iNioiiviiaiNie
    iNioiiviiaiNie Month ago

    When you think of Norton's hulk it's savage beast that also struggled and when you think of Ruffalo's it's somewhat beast and more comical and weaker (feels like that)

  • Aman Vinod
    Aman Vinod Month ago

    i am starting to think he ruined "the bourne legacy" as well

  • Joaquin Ortiz
    Joaquin Ortiz Month ago +15

    In my humble opinion, Norton’s hulk, looked the best. Wish he was still playing him. He felt like Bruce banner, more than mr ruffles

  • Matty M
    Matty M Month ago

    the opening credits tell you the story and shows it has nothing to do with the other Hulk Film, the similarities comes from the fact that the characters and source material are the same, oh and it's TYLER not Taylor .

  • David Myrick
    David Myrick Month ago +1

    Ed Norton is amazing....simply amazing. He was Bruce Banner.

  • Nick Howard
    Nick Howard Month ago

    believing Edward Norton is a scientist really pushes the suspension of disbelief theory

  • thedexterbros
    thedexterbros Month ago

    Screen rant guy sounds like Paul Greengrass. Keep up the great videos!

  • Diurno MX
    Diurno MX Month ago

    I still think Edward didn't make a good Bruce, but Mark Ruffalo nails that nerdy look!

  • Marvin Just one 7 now

    Now hulk dabs. Smh

  • Nightmare Batman
    Nightmare Batman Month ago +1

    I am in the minority, I still enjoy hulk. It’s the only good solo film he’s had. And because of universal and Disney not being able to agree on profits we will never see another solo hulk film again. Mark is good as banner. He does what he’s told. Plain and simple. I do think had norton kept playing him, we’d see a less goofy more serious hulk. I guess we will never know

  • djnes2k7
    djnes2k7 Month ago

    Norton was a better hulk. He would never have allowed hulk to be such a goofy pussy character. Same with banner. People bash Norton’s movie but forget there was a hulk movie before that was really bad

    • djnes2k7
      djnes2k7 Month ago

      Also penn is a shitty writer. The movies he’s done we’re all trash. X-men 2/3 and Electra we’re horrible script wise

  • Zero8880
    Zero8880 Month ago

    Edward Norton probably wouldn’t have been happy becoming a side character used for comedic effect that Mark Ruffalo has become. But Mark really wants to sit at the cool kid table no matter what.

  • Zero8880
    Zero8880 Month ago

    Norton’s version was far superior. After seeing the deleted scenes, you really feel a greater connection to Bruce and his plight, but Marvel didn’t want that.

  • Brett S
    Brett S Month ago

    Banner's attempted suicide is also a plot element that was in the comics looong before this movie was even in development.

  • FearLessLion Z
    FearLessLion Z Month ago

    One wonder's why Ed Norton doesn't just direct his own movies to act in at this point in his career. Also I don't like Terrance Howard as an actor, when it comes to being an actor he's gotten the same treatment as Samuel L although to a much and respectfully so extent. Sam isn't hired to be x character, he's hired to be a Samuel L Jackson version of said character, and it's the same as Terrance Howard he's hired to act and be a character that is "Terrance Howardized" in a way and it just didn't fit with the Rhode character who is a decorated man in the military, none of the most basic mannerisms were present in his character what so ever. To be as a black person, he was just Iron Man's token black friend and that's it, Don is way WAY better as an actor and as portraying Rhode as a character. I'm glad Terrance isn't war-machine I couldn't imagine him in infinity war nor endgame being that character what so ever, it just doesn't work and I'm glad it didn't because we have an actor that can actually play the part.

  • jg pliskin
    jg pliskin Month ago

    He was hulk 10 years ago he has no more claim than the previous hulk

  • Coop Murphy
    Coop Murphy Month ago +1

    I always thought Liv Taylor (daughter of Aerosmith frontman Steven Taylor) should have played Skaylor White on the hit tv show Breaking Bad.

  • Kyle & Chung
    Kyle & Chung Month ago

    Mark is a better Bruce and a better hulk

    • tsohgallik
      tsohgallik Month ago

      Because his Hulk is funny Hulk and not a Serious Hulk?

  • Phillip Bishop
    Phillip Bishop Month ago

    Edward Norton will always be the best Bruce Banner after Bill Bixby and his Hulk will always be the best design!

  • Vaettra
    Vaettra Month ago

    4:10 Zach Pen looks like a young Harvey Weinstein.

  • Row Blanka
    Row Blanka Month ago +1

    what is so traumatizing about a suicide attempt? pussies

  • Jeremiah Burns
    Jeremiah Burns Month ago +3

    Jesus, guys. 4 ads in 20 minutes?! Also, Liv Tyler. Not Liv Taylor.

  • Jacob Martinez
    Jacob Martinez Month ago

    Movie had to much of a grounded military aspect, Edward Norton made Banners character depth way to 'deep' (if that makes any sense), and he+ the writing made Hulk to be some horror monster when he wasn't on screen. Pretty much they didn't have the right MCU formula at that point, Thor struggled and Captain America first movie struggled. it was until later on that all the movies did better

  • skudzer1985
    skudzer1985 Month ago +3

    I liked Norton way more than Ruffalo. He made a much, much better Bruce Banner.

  • Peter Meyer
    Peter Meyer Month ago

    Norton fucked up! Marvel is the most amazing franchise. I'm so glad we have Ruffalo. Way better

    • tsohgallik
      tsohgallik Month ago

      How is Mark better? By Ragnarok they changed the way Hulk looks like... And now hes a joke

  • Mister Metokur Archives NOT JIM

    >Liv Taylor
    lol

  • James Cook
    James Cook Month ago +1

    God that Fable Soundtrack. Oakvale, I miss you. Lol

  • Groove Q
    Groove Q Month ago

    Liv TYLER, not Taylor.

  • The 80's Wolf
    The 80's Wolf Month ago +1

    Edward Norton was the best Hulk. In the best Hulk movie. Before they turned the character into a sidecharacter meant to be comedic.

  • apex2000
    apex2000 Month ago

    It lucky that due to rights and stuff they don't just go and retcon all of Incredible Hulk & fill in back story with new footage of ruffalo. Possibly as a side story in 1 the other films. and then completely disavow Incredible Hulk. I mean the only a handful of characters actually returned like Thunder Bolt Ross actually concrete any connections (beyond some stock footage).

  • Phoenix Dawn
    Phoenix Dawn Month ago

    Honestly, I think Ruffalo is pretty great!

  • thelocustemperor
    thelocustemperor Month ago

    Can you do a video about Mick Cage and Ghost Rider, maybe focus on how desperately he wanted to be superman he full on had a suite custom made and showed up to multiple auctions for the role... There's also some good questions to ask like why did they even do a second Ghost rider with him as the lead as opposed to Punisher and Hulk.

  • thelocustemperor
    thelocustemperor Month ago

    Universal Monsters, yes... Avengers is the modern version of it!!

  • Shayne Baker
    Shayne Baker Month ago

    I really enjoyed your video. Having said that, I want to note that the background music reminds me sooooo much of Fable haha.

  • Noel Forde
    Noel Forde Month ago

    thank god this guy didnt comeback as hulk, he would have killed the chemistry of the avengers

  • Josh
    Josh Month ago

    I say "rotten tomato" you say "rotten tomahto". And you also mispronounce a lot of other words too.

  • Ring Road
    Ring Road Month ago +22

    The only thing I'm upset is about is that the MCU seems to have forgotten about the story between Bruce and Betty. Liv Tyler did such a great job portraying someone who really cared about Bruce. I really wish they'd at LEAST mention her. That's the biggest tragedy here

    • Waku Santiago
      Waku Santiago 8 days ago

      @Orpheus Prime maybe

    • Orpheus Prime
      Orpheus Prime Month ago +6

      Well...to be fair...Marvel seems to have forgotten about Bruce too. They only want The Hulk now, the character's "fun" aspect. They were kinda building an interesting Banner through the first Avengers movies...but then they just gave up and decided to just focus on Hulk...to the point of basically "killing" Banner in Endgame. Now we just have Hulk. 24/7.
      That was one of the few BAD things in that movie. Truly a shame. Because without the struggle...that character becomes just a "generic super-grunt" kind of char. It has no soul now. =(

  • Nick Grabeck
    Nick Grabeck Month ago

    Damn - now i wanna see full 2 hours and a half cut of that movie

  • Commando303X
    Commando303X Month ago

    Among the depictions by Eric Bana, Edward Norton, and Mark Ruffalo, Norton's is my favorite - as is his associated Hulk. Like most, I am not privy to the actual details of the production of "The Incredible Hulk" - rather, only to rumors; and, if Norton was in fact unprofessional, and thus was re-cast, then so be it. Nevertheless, I'd've liked to see this rendition of Banner/Hulk retained, rather than to have witnessed the transformation to the Ruffalo version.

  • Lightly Salted
    Lightly Salted Month ago +123

    For the MCU, Ruffalo is probably the better fit to complement the general "audience friendly" vibe, and working with the avengers cast. But Norton's version is closer to what the Hulk should be.

    • fern co
      fern co Month ago

      though in the early version of hulk in the comics.... rufallo hulk is closer in appearance.

    • krisj827
      krisj827 Month ago

      True.

    • Shin Gozira
      Shin Gozira Month ago

      @Barstool Blues Water isn't wet.

  • Laughing Man
    Laughing Man Month ago

    I would of liked to have seen Edward Norton continue on as the Hulk. Only because I feel he is a better Bruce Banner, and we would of got more than one Hulk movie in the last 10 years.

  • Charlie Marks
    Charlie Marks Month ago

    Bottom of the totem pole is actually better because they used to carve top to bottom and the most prestigious is reserved for the bottom

  • Dominic Beaudoin
    Dominic Beaudoin Month ago

    12:37 I flinched at Captain America's shield heading my way lol

  • MegaRudeBoy69
    MegaRudeBoy69 Month ago

    I think you're right about Birdman. It was like each actor played a portrait of themselves. Not that Emma Stone is a junkie or Michael Keaton is a failed father, but i think parts of them were so deep in there that no other actors could play the parts.

  • Jeffrey Moy
    Jeffrey Moy Month ago

    I prefer Norton as Banner. He just looks and feels more the part. But that being said, if you can't work with people, best to part ways.

  • pinecone69
    pinecone69 Month ago

    "Marl Roofalo"

  • safy907
    safy907 Month ago +1

    I really liked The Incredible Hulk.

  • HymnSake
    HymnSake Month ago

    I have a hard time seeing Norton's Hulk getting beat by Thanos

  • Eric Glinz
    Eric Glinz Month ago

    Calling this a "doc" (documentary) is like calling a Burger King advert a "diet". If they can't even bother to muster enough integrity to get the actors' names correct, this is simply no more than a sloppily cobbled together viewer basement vlog. Now please excuse me, Screen Rant, I'm off to get a "whooper" sandwich.

  • saturncrush
    saturncrush Month ago +1

    Always like Norton as a actor, but listening to this...if it is true...he sounds like a super duper prick.