It seems, though, that Norton was keen on reprising his 2008 role for the superhero ensemble film, to the point where he was actually keeping dates open on his schedule so he could be a part of the film. According to the site's sources, the studio informed Norton of their plans and that they won't be needing him for the film.
The site also said that their decision wasn't based on money, as their sources indicated that it seemed a deal could've been made with the figures that were on the table. It wasn't clear if the studio has reached out to other actors for the role as of yet, but it seems that everything is in preliminary stages as of now.
We'll be sure to keep you posted on any further news regarding The Avengers as soon as more information comes forth.
Marvel's The Avengers was released May 4th, 2012 and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg. The film is directed by Joss Whedon.