Incredible Hulk's Dispute Explained
The Incredible Hulk is rapidly approaching theaters, but you wouldn’t quite know it. The typical PR blitz that accompanies a movie isn’t hitting hard the way we’d expect, largely due to a falling out between Marvel Studios and Hulk headliner Edward Norton. Even though Norton isn’t talking, it turns out the big problem between the two entities may not be as bad as we all thought, and the key contributing factor to the argument appears to us, the press.
Entertainment Weekly outlines the argument between Marvel and Norton, which started over the final edit of the upcoming Incredible Hulk. Director Louis Leterrier talks about being concerned about working with Norton at the start due to his reputation thanks to pictures like American History X. Instead Norton was an ideal part of the project… until that edit. Norton and Leterrier wanted a slower paced film that meditated on key ideas while Marvel wanted a more commercial flick. The studio won and Norton lost.
Frankly, the argument could have ended there had websites not gotten wind of the dispute and made a big deal out of it. Instead of helping to resolve the situation, Leterrier said the press made it impossible for Norton and Marvel to come to a resolution, which is why Norton isn’t talking. Apparently Norton recognizes the value of Marvel’s more commercial edit of the film, however, and isn’t talking more out of a concern of being branded a “pain in the ass.”
Even though Norton isn’t making the rounds talking about the picture, he has issued an official statement about the film and the dispute with Marvel Studios, which you can read below:
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