I’d say he took the news rather well.
Marvel Studios recently gave Edward Norton a polite f*ck off by informing the actor they wouldn’t need him to reprise his role of The Hulk in the upcoming The Avengers movie to be directed by Joss Whedon. The studio is looking to cast at unknown, a.k.a. someone they can pay with turkey sandwiches. According to HitFix, this wasn’t Norton or Whedon’s idea, as the pair had recently shared their enthusiasm with Marvel about Norton returning. Norton even cleared out his day planner for the project, using puffy Hulk stickers to mark the dates he’d need open for shooting.
This news doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering Marvel is notorious for dumping actors in favor of the almighty dollar. They probably figure they’ve already got Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Hemsworth, Don Cheadle, and Jeremy Renner, so people are going to get their asses to the theater whether Norton’s in it or not. Also, during the making of The Incredible Hulk, Norton and Marvel butted heads over almost every aspect of the film. Maybe the studio is just trying to prevent the same from happening on The Avengers. Joss Whedon would put Norton in a coma with that alien-like cranium of his.