Getting fired by Marvel? It’s possible ! Focus on five big Hollywood names who have been thanked by the superhero studio.
When you are hired by a company as powerful as Marvel, where everything is calculated to the nearest millimeter, it is difficult, a priori, to be thanked once the contract has been signed. However, it has happened to actors and directors to be fired by the prestigious super-heroic studio. Focus on five big Hollywood names who experienced this misadventure.
In 2008, Edward Norton portrayed the character of Bruce Banner in The Incredible Hulkunder the direction of the French Louis Leterrier. Things were off to a good start for the Hollywood star to return to the role alongside the Avengers, but Marvel decided otherwise.
In a press release for the less cash, Marvel declares: “We have made the decision not to cast Ed Norton again to play the role of Bruce Banner in avengers. Our decision is absolutely not based on financial matters. Rather, we needed an actor who could embody the creativity and collaborative spirit that characterizes the other talented cast members.” Nice…
The actor, through his agent, defended himself from these accusations of evil spirit: “The release of Kevin Feige is unprofessional, dishonest and clearly defamatory. Mr. Norton’s talent, tireless work ethic and professional integrity deserve more respect, and so do Marvel fans.” Mark Ruffalo who will be chosen to play the Hulk in the Avengers saga.
In 2018, james gunnthe director of Guardians of the Galaxy 1 & 2, is fired by Marvel after a series of scandalous tweets resurfaced in which he makes fun of subjects such as rape or pedophilia. “The offensive behavior and statements uncovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio values, and we have severed our business relationship with him,” Disney CEO Alan Horn said. For his part, James Gunn defended himself, always on Twitter. “A lot of people who have followed my career know that when I started I saw myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling outrageous, taboo jokes,” he says.
And the director added: “I am very, very different from who I was a few years ago. Today, I try to root my work in love and connection, and less in anger The days of saying something just because it’s shocking, to get a reaction, are behind me. In the past, I’ve apologized for my humor hurting people. I was really sorry and thought every word of my apologies.”
After a detour through DC with The Suicide Squad, James Gunn will eventually be “recovered” by Marvel. The American is in command of the Guardians of the Galaxy 3slated for a May 2023 theatrical release.
Andrew Garfield portrayed the character of Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel. The actor should have slipped into the role of Spider-Man for a third time, but the fact that he did not take part in the project’s announcement ceremony (having arrived late and not feeling well, he canceled his visit) would have cost him the role altogether!
“I have so many different perspectives on this time in my career,” Garfield said. at the microphone of the Mr Porter site. “I was really excited to play Spider-Man. I had real hope that these films would be something young people could relate to, and not just a commercial product. But I had to fight a lot for my freedom during the production of the films. And that often got me into trouble because I sometimes said things that I shouldn’t have said”.
After this misadventure, Andrew Garfield will finally find his superheroic role in Spider-Man: No Way Homereleased in theaters last year, which features Tom Holland in the role of the “main” spider-man.
Associated with the project Ant Man for many years, Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Last Night in Soho) ended up leaving the adventure in 2014just weeks away from filming, following disputes over the film’s vision with Marvel.
Invited for a Podcast organized by Variety during the promotion of his Baby Driver, the British director-screenwriter spoke about this misadventure with the Marvel team. “I think the most diplomatic answer is that I wanted to do a Marvel movie, but I don’t think they wanted an Edgar Wright movie,” he says first. “It was really a heartbreaking decision to have to leave the project after working on it for so long…” “After The Last Pub Before the End of the WorldI worked on Ant-Man for a year, I was going to direct the film,” he continues. “But I was the writer-director on it then, and they started wanting a draft script without me. “
And Edgar Wright to conclude: “Having written all my other films, it was something difficult to move forward thinking that if I had to make one of these films (note: from the Marvel team), I had to be both a screenwriter and a director. Suddenly becoming just a director to hire, you’re somehow a lot less emotionally involved, only to end up wondering what you’re doing there. Really”.
Present in Iron Man as Lt. Col. Jim Rhodes, later to become the Avenger known as the War Machine, Terrence Howard was replaced by Don Cheadle in Iron Man 2. The latter will continue to play the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So what happened?
According Entertainment Weeklyit’s a question of big money… Terrence Howard reportedly paid $3.5 million (even 4.5 million according to the person concerned), which is more than Robert Downey Jr.. At the time, the Iron Man project represented a risk: the main character was not considered sufficiently mainstream, and Terrence Howard was just crowned with his nomination for the Oscar for Best Actor for Hustle & Flow. The reversal of steam was spectacular, since Robert Downey Jr. was subsequently the highest paid actor in Hollywood for three consecutive years…
In 2013, in the show Watch What Happens Live, Terrence Howard explained that when the question arose of making Iron Man 2, the production wanted to significantly reduce his salary in order to rebalance the accounts with Robert Downey Jr. He will never see the color of the 8 million dollars he was asking for, the production offering him a million. An insult to the actor. Of course, on the Marvel side, the story was quite different…
Returning logically to the charge, Howard was seen invoking a dismissal by Marvel, who solicited Don Cheadle for the role. In the end, Howard felt, in his own words, “betrayed” by Robert Downey Jr, whom he had helped for the role of Iron Man. “The person I helped is Iron Man… At the time of the second film, he took the money that was supposed to be my return and kicked me out,” he swung into the microphone of the Bravo website. Vibe…