TV - Movies
She-Hulk Episode
2 Just Reduced
Edward Norton's
Incredible Hulk
To A One-Liner
Although Mark Ruffalo has become the go-to version of the Hulk for modern fans, it's important to remember that the MCU's green giant was first played by "Fight Club" star Edward Norton. Though Ruffalo replaced Norton in 2012, it was only in Episode 2 of “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” that a joke was finally made about it.
In Episode 2, Jen is conflicted about taking up a parole hearing for Emil Blonsky (a.k.a. Abomination), who tried to kill her cousin Bruce in the past, but Bruce assures her that he and Blonsky have put the past behind them. "That fight was so many years ago,” he says, “I'm a completely different person now ... literally." It’s low-hanging fruit, but it works.
This is not the first time a re-casting joke has been snuck into the dialogue of a Marvel Studios film. Don Cheadle replaced Terrence Howard as James Rhodes in “Iron Man 2,” and he ad-libbed his first line in the MCU by joking in court, “Look, it's me. I'm here. Deal with it. Let's move on."