Joss Whedon Doesn’t Want to Make Avengers 2 Without Robert Downey Jr

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Joss Whedon recently sat down with The Daily Beast to talk about his latest project Much Ado About Nothing. But as interviews with Joss tend to do, the subject of The Avengers came up. More than a month after the release of Iron Man 3, we’re still wondering about the fate of Tony Stark’s casting.

Robert Downey Jr. seemed to be undecided, saying both that he enjoyed the work too much and also that it might be time to move on to new things. This was shortly followed by rumours over casting disputes, with Downey Jr. apparently holding himself ransom until his fellow actors got a pay rise.

We’re not a hundred percent sure how much of this was true and we certainly haven’t heard any other solid news regarding casting. However when asked how essential Robert Downey Jr. is, Joss Whedon answered with this.

“He is Iron Man. He is Iron Man in the way that Sean Connery was James Bond. I have no intention of making Avengers 2 without him, nor do I think I’ll be called upon to do that. I don’t think it’s in my interest, Marvel’s interest, or his interest, and I think everything will be fine. But I know that this is Hollywood and you roll with things. You have to be ready for the unexpected. But I loved working with Robert, and everybody knows he embodied that role in a way no one else can. The day he was cast, I went up to Kevin Feige and said, ‘You brilliant son of a bitch.’ “

While this still isn’t confirmation, it’s arguably the most positive word we’ve had on the subject. It’s also a very Joss Whedon statement because as we know already, the guy loves his actors and will work with them again and again if he’s given the chance.

Earlier in the interview the subject also touched upon female superheroes and Joss is understandably unimpressed by the lack of them in film.

Toymakers will tell you they won’t sell enough, and movie people will point to the two terrible superheroine movies that were made and say, You see? It can’t be done. It’s stupid, and I’m hoping The Hunger Games will lead to a paradigm shift. It’s frustrating to me that I don’t see anybody developing one of these movies. It actually pisses me off. My daughter watched The Avengers and was like, “My favorite characters were the Black Widow and Maria Hill,” and I thought, Yeah, of course they were. I read a beautiful thing Junot Diaz wrote: “If you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves.”

You have to wonder who would be in Joss Whedon’s “dream team” if he were allowed to make The Avengers from scratch. But who knows? Maybe his influence will help get a Miss Marvel movie off the ground. There are plans for one to be made at some point. Let’s just hope it doesn’t get stuck in development hell. Oh, and if they feel like throwing Spider-Woman into the mix, you can sign me up right now.

Source: The Daily Beast

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