Update: Deadline confirms: Mark Ruffalo is Bruce Banner / The Hulk in The Avengers. The cast of the film is expected to make an apperance on-stage tomorrow during the Marvel Comic-Con panel.
Original article follows below
The Wrap has confirmed recent rumors that Mark Ruffalo is in talks with Marvel executives to play Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk in The Avengers:
Negotiations continued fast and hard between agents for Mark Ruffalo and executives at Marvel, with the expectation on both sides that the actor would be confirmed to play the Hulk in upcoming Marvel movies, replacing Ed Norton, TheWrap has learned.
The aim, according to one knowledgeable individual, was to wrap up negotiations on Friday so Ruffalo could fly in from the East Coast to join the cast of “The Avengers,” the star-studded superhero ensemble movie that will be one of the crowning crowd-pleaser events Saturday at Comic-Con in San Diego.
Ruffalo is said to be the favored choice of both Marvel production chief Kevin Feige and director Joss Whedon. The sticking point is related to payment and the number of films Ruffalo would be committed to make:
According to the knowledgeable individual, Marvel wants Ruffalo to sign on for between four and six Marvel movies. And Marvel is famous for squeezing talent on salaries, despite the huge success of “Iron Man.”
If the deal gets made, Ruffalo will join Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Scarlett Johannssen (Black Widow), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) and Chris Evans (Captain America) among others for The Avengers, scheduled to hit theaters on May 4, 2012.