Norton: 'Avengers' decision was 'business'

Says it was 'nobody's fault' he won't reprise Hulk role

Edward Norton is still defending his relationship with Marvel -- months after revealing he wouldn't be reprising his role as the The Incredible Hulk in sequel "The Avengers."

"I didn't want to be negative. I had a great time doing [the movie]. I was really happy to be part of it all," Norton told MTV News on Saturday when asked if he was taken aback with Marvel head Kevin Feige's statement that he would not be returning because of "the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members." Norton's agent then snapped back that the studio was, "unprofessional, disingenuous and clearly defamatory."

Explains Norton to MTV News, "The thing that was very disingenuous about some of the stuff… it was a very professional and very respectful business decision. We really couldn't work it out on a business level. I know that's a disappointment to some people, but it's nobody's fault. I don't have any disrespect for anyone's decision in the business framework… do what you need to do on both sides. I have no idea why anyone tried to characterize it as anything else."

Plus, adds Norton, "My life's way too good on too many levels to be over-intense about things like that."

Norton is still a fan of the franchise. "If you're going to do one of those [series], you don't want to be in one of the bad ones. I'm really happy people had a good thing with that."

Norton is next due in thriller "Stone" this October.

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