Earlier this month, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announced that Ed Norton would not reprise his role as the Hulk in "The Avengers," drawing a strong rebuke from Norton's agent and a more measured response from Norton himself.
Although Mark Ruffalo was revealed as Norton's replacement during the San Diego Comic-Con, the topic has continued to generate discussion, even during an interview with "Iron Man" director and "Avengers" producer, Jon Favreau — who went through a similar situation when he recast Don Cheadle as Jim Rhodes in place of Terrence Howard during "Iron Man 2."
"It's tricky," Favreau told IGN. "I know Edward, and I dig the guy's talent tremendously. He's always been a very great guy... I'm sure that however this comes out, it's going to be something that's amenable to both the filmmaker and the studio."
"I know that we faced the challenge of recasting with Don Cheadle and Terrence Howard," continued Favreau. "And although I think breaking continuity is always a challenge and should be avoided whenever possible, it is the reality of the movie business that sometimes things don't work out."
Favreau also reaffirmed his commitment to "The Avengers" and to working with Marvel down the line.
"I'm here because of my success with Marvel for the most part," said Favreau. "I've felt tremendous creative support, and as they cut their teeth as a studio, I cut my teeth as a big filmmaker. So we've grown a lot together and I am completely invested in the success of that studio. I really want to see the 'Iron Man' stuff play out really well through these other movies and hopefully collaborate in the future."
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