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Hulk (2003) Eric Bana Bruce Banner

The Incredible Hulk (2008) Edward Norton Bruce Banner

The Avengers (2012) Mark Ruffalo Bruce Banner

Is there any reason why different actors are used in different versions of the same role?

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@Subir Adhikari thanks for edit – Neo Nov 15 '12 at 18:40
Welcome my friend :) – Mistu4u Nov 15 '12 at 18:42
Thankfully they didn't go back to Eric Bana. – Ben Plont Nov 26 '13 at 14:45
@BenPlont here i differ i like Eric Bana more then Edward Norton but Mark Ruffalo version is best. – Ankit Sharma Nov 27 '13 at 8:11
Bana looks too handsome and strong to be the weak nerdy scientist that turns into an 8 foot monster when angered. He didn't try to put on as being soft and frail at all either. Norton's character actually was, kind of skinny and frail and you could tell he'd been attacked and abused on several ocassions because he was learning self defense and taking anger management to focus on controling the hulk. The importance of his struggle with the hulk with in weren't at all important in the movie, it was just about his daddy issues which was stupid. Betty was the love of his life and in order to be wi – user9688 May 19 '14 at 20:48
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The Eric Bana version of the Hulk was critically panned, receiving poor reviews from critics and fans alike, thus, Marvel called for a reboot to be tied into their Avengers plan.

From what I understood, Edward Norton quit after the 2008 version due to a lot of internal disputes (more information can be found on this answer to a similar question I asked before)

Thus, with the departure of Edward Norton from the Avengers Universe Hulk, Marvel hired Mark Ruffalo to handle the role, and from <Rumors> rumors I have found, he will continue playing the Hulk in a planned release, due after the Avengers 2 </Rumors>

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Marvel didn't reboot the series with The Incredible Hulk, it's hinted that it continues from Hulk. – Django Reinhardt Nov 18 '12 at 3:30
@DrThaddeusVenture i think you got wrong information Hulk is a stand alone film and Incredible hulk is its reboot and a part of Marvel cinematic universe – Ankit Sharma Jan 27 '13 at 14:49
@AnkitSharma He has a slight point in that the way they play off Norton's Hulk it works as a spiritual successor to Ang Lee's Hulk. – TylerShads Jan 27 '13 at 16:59
Call me a complete comic illiterate (and rightfully so) or someone who hasn't ever had any interest in Hulk at all, but I found the infamous Eric Bana movie great and nothing less than unique. – Napoleon Wilson Nov 26 '13 at 21:42
@ChristianRau ... I'm wondering about the negative comments I've just read about Eric Bana's portrayal as well. I am a fan of his movies and particularly his portrayal of Bruce Banner. The movie itself with its comic book styled scenes were very interesting and unique. I agree with you. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Nov 26 '13 at 23:49

Marvel simply decided they wanted someone else to play him

To quote Kevin Feige, President of Production for Marvel Studios:

We have made the decision to not bring Ed Norton back to portray the title role of Bruce Banner in the Avengers. Our decision is definitely not one based on monetary factors, but instead rooted in the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members. The Avengers demands players who thrive working as part of an ensemble, as evidenced by Robert, Chris H, Chris E, Sam, Scarlett, and all of our talented casts. We are looking to announce a name actor who fulfills these requirements, and is passionate about the iconic role in the coming weeks.

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Ed Norton has a reputation of being difficult to work with. Here are two link I found on the subject. – Ben Plont Nov 26 '13 at 14:43
I don't know if it's his acting style or what, but Edward Norton's whole demeanor on screen makes this completely believable. Mark Ruffalo was an excellent choice to play Banner in The Avengers. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Nov 26 '13 at 15:03

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