Marvel Finally Acknowledges Edward Norton’s Hulk in the MCU

When The Incredible Hulk joined the MCU in 2008, the franchise was still in its infancy and no one had a clue what the Marvel Cinematic Universe would become. Partly for this reason, the third MCU film has always felt a bit disjointed, with only William Hurt’s Thaddeus Ross as a common thread for many years thanks to Mark Ruffalo reprising the role of Bruce Banner from Edward Norton from his next appearance in 2012 The Avengers. Now, after a decade, the MCU has finally acknowledged the cast change via an overheard quip delivered by Mark Ruffalo’s Banner in the new She-Hulk series.

She-Hulk: Lawyer makes good use of its comedic aspects, whether in-universe itself or via the fourth wall-breaking moments when Tatiana Maslany’s Jennifer Walters speaks directly to the audience. However, it was Mark Ruffalo who made a throwaway point that is a deeper point in reference to the long overdue acknowledgment of the cast swap that took place between his first and second MCU appearances.


The comment is said by Banner while discussing Emil Blonsky aka the Abomination, who after making a surprise comeback in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is now in the MCU again in She-Hulk and is played by original cast Tim Roth. The storyline around Roth’s character return sees Walters’ attorney asked to represent Blonsky at his parole hearing, but initially she sees it as a conflict of interest thanks to the events of The Incredible Hulk when the Abomination and Hulk clashed. However, Ruffalo’s Banner tells him that everything is fine and the problem has been put behind them, and he comically comments, “This fight went on for so many years, I’m a completely different person now – literally.” The moment is accentuated by Walters staring at the audience and laughing.

Fans were hoping to see Edward Norton reprise his role as the Hulk in the Multiverse

When Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness promised a number of cameos from alternate universe versions of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, many believed it was a chance to see Norton reprise his role as Banner, with the belief that Marvel could use the multiverse to explain the change of actor. However, that didn’t happen, and it now looks like despite some fans wanting to see Norton back in the role, it probably won’t.

That doesn’t mean there won’t be more changes coming for Banner and Hulk in the future. It was recently reported that the rights to the Hulk could return with Marvel Studios, and that could finally mean the Hulk will get his own second movie, something that’s been banned for many years. There have also been numerous rumors that the Hulk’s son has been introduced or brought up during She-Hulkand suggestions that the world war hulk The storyline could also be played out, and that’s something Ruffalo himself sees happening in a future phase. He told EW:

“Five years from now it could totally turn into anything, anything relevant at the time. I almost see it going back to ‘Berserker Hulk’ or ‘World War Hulk’. It could go anywhere. That’s the exciting part – I’ve played five different versions from start to now, and it’s stayed interesting for me and hopefully interesting for other people.”

She-Hulk: LawyerThe first two episodes of are now available on Disney+.

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