The creators of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law thought of reuniting Edward Norton for a cameo in the season finale. In an interview with The Direct, series director Kat Coiro revealed the information and stated that it was a very serious possibility. The fact that a different actor was portraying the Hulk the previous time they were together was a topic of much discussion, she informed the publication. "Additionally, we did consider replacing Mark. But it didn't happen like that."
A wild battle sequence in the conclusion, "Whose Show Is This?", brings together a number of Jen Walters' friends and foes in a large brawl. This features a rematch between Edward Norton's The Incredible Hulk from 2008 and the first encounter between Bruce Banner as the Hulk and Emil Blonsky as the Abomination. Fans praised his performance, but the actor left the part because of creative issues with Marvel Studios.
Regarding Edward Norton's recasting, Kevin Feige made a statement at the time. According to him, the film company chose an actor who best represents the inventiveness and teamwork of the other skilled cast members. The Marvel head stated that "The Avengers demands players who flourish when operating as part of an ensemble." Robert, Chris H, Chris E, Sam, Scarlett, and the rest of our outstanding cast are proof of that.
In 2012's The Avengers, Mark Ruffalo replaced Edward Norton as the Hulk. Norton had left Marvel. In each subsequent appearance, he has taken up the role. She-Hulk did make a mention to the casting shift in its second episode, despite the appearance never appearing.
Bruce breaks the fourth wall to chuckle at the inside joke while telling Jen about the last time he fought Blonsky and claims that he was a "totally different person" then. Interestingly, there may yet be a chance for Edward Norton to return as the Hulk. In the eagerly awaited Avengers: Secret Wars, he might play the Multiversal Hulk or a Bruce Banner without any special abilities.
The renowned actor, however, is unlikely to be enthusiastic about working with the studio that booted him from the franchise after just one instalment. And based on Feige's earlier remarks, it appears that the former Marvel star was challenging to collaborate with. Marvel Studios apparently found the Incredible Hulk actor to be overbearing on set and insisted on revising some of the screenplay himself.
Therefore, it is hardly shocking that the She-Hulk crew was denied a cameo. The likelihood of those issues reoccurring was definitely too great. Not to mention that casting Edward Norton in a supporting role will increase the Disney+ show's compensation budget.
It wouldn't have been the first time an MCU title brought back an actor to reprise their part if Edward Norton had been a team player. After playing the role in the X-Men series, Evan Peters played Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver in WandaVision. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, he took the place of Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Additionally, the web-slingers played by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield joined Tom Holland's Spider-Man in Spider-Man: No Way Home.