Norton Not Returning as The Hulk July 12, 2010 Will Edward Norton’s Hulk be replaced in The Avengers? Edward Norton will not play The Hulk in the upcoming adaption of The Avengers. According to HitFix, Marvel Studios intend to give the role to an unknown actor if they decide to keep the character in the superhero movie at all. Norton’s involvement in the project has long been in question with the actor recently urging fans to write to Marvel in order to get him cast. The Avengers is due for release in 2012 and will feature Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America and Chris Hemsworth as Thor.