Phoenix is HULK July 13, 2010 Joaquin Phoenix to replace Ed Norton in Marvel’s THE AVENGERS? Joaquin Phoenix has reportedly been offered the role of the Hulk in Marvel’s The Avengers. CHUD report that Marvel Studios has offered Phoenix, who walked away from acting in 2008 to concentrate on a rap career, the part previously played by Edward Norton. Since quitting acting, Phoenix’sexploits have been filmed by Casey Affleck for a documentary titled I’m Still Here. Norton was axed from the comic book role over the weekend after Marvel Studios president Kevin Fiege claimed that the company wants an actor who “embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members”. The Joss Whedon-directed Avengers will open on May 4, 2012.