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Downey calls THE AVENGERS "the crowning blow"

Actor is committed to getting it right

By Rob M. Worley     November 26, 2008
Source: MTV News


Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) creating his suit in IRON MAN(2008).
© Paramount Pictures

MTV News caught up with Robert Downey Jr. to let him know he's the actor they're most thankful for in 2008. Thankfully for fans, they got him talking about 'Iron Man 2', 'Iron Man 3' and 'The Avengers' as well.

For the sequel, Downey said fans can look forward to getting under the armor of Tony Stark.

"It's one thing to say you're Iron Man, but what does it actually mean to become someone that can shoulder that responsibility? As we noticed at the end, he's still not even responsible enough to read off the card that Shield and the government have given him," the actor said. "He still can't help doing his own thing. He'll have to come to terms with that. I think we could have more excitement.

"We could use a love triangle or two. I think it's really important to keep up that idea of Tony's interfacing with inanimate objects. He's at his greatest ease when he's faced with machines. I would love to see a little shout-out to the fact that he's an MIT graduate. I love the idea of him inviting over a bunch of super-nerds from MIT who wind up figuring into ['Iron Man 3'] a little bit."

As far as how the movies relate to the big 'Avengers' team up Downey said, "It seems natural that ['Iron Man 2'] would at least introduce that factor. My inclination is to bring it another step. The danger you run with colliding all these worlds is that Jon was very certain that 'Iron Man' should be set in a very realistic way. Nothing that happened in 'Iron Man' is really outside the realm of possibility. Once you start talking about Valhalla and supersized super soldiers and jolly green giants, it warrants much further discussion."

Regardless of the difficulty of blending films with differing tones into one mega-movie, Downey says he understands how much 'The Avengers' movie means to fans and to the studio that's producing it.

"That means if we don't get it right, it's really going to suck. It has to be the crowning blow of Marvel's best and brightest, because it's the hardest thing to get right. It's tough to spin all the plates for one of these characters," Downey said.

What do you think? Is Marvel going to be able to pull it off? If it were just Iron Man and Incredible Hulk, would those two movies mate together in a cohesive universe? Will they be able to bring 'Thor' into the mix? Post your comments below.

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Rifle86 11/26/2008 6:58:56 AM

Well Downey Hands down exceeded expectations as for Iron Man then some as well did Edward Norton that alone two of marvels best choice actors will rock The Avengers film. Only question is what other Superstar is willing to fill in the rest as for Thor dont really know who should play him certainly not a wrestler I hope maybe Karl Urban, Captain America most are considering Brad Pitt I can see it to, well brad and Norton bond really good, Hank Pynn aka Ant-man dont know yet, but I would love to see other actors in past films such as Darevil Ben Affleck reclaim the role and Garner as Elektra, Nicolas Cage Ghostrider, Wesley Snipes Blade, The Fantastic Four, Doug Jones SilverSurfer, and lets not forget Marvel legends as Namor, Punisher Ray Stevenson, Nick Fury I can dig Samuel L. Jackson but the original Nick Fury kicks butt, Tobey Maguire Spider-man, The X-men original cast and please bring back Nightcrawler, and of course Black Panther maybe Djimon Honsou or another actor, and many other marvel characters to come on films in the future. Only problem thats alot of money on the cast alone.

zipahead 11/26/2008 8:30:31 AM

Robert Downey is right ...I think the Avengers will be a little tricky....especially Thor..They should just down play it...I mean he could say he s the norse god of thunder and everybody is like " ya sure whatever  God of thunder... nice shtick but how do you do that"  It could be cool instead of having to explain this hoaky origin with Don Blake an the cane in the cave. I can see the plot of the movie revolving around a group of superheros being  gathered by Shield in order to capture the Hulk.. hopefully the movie won't suck and will lead to Warner Bros  doing JlA  .

secretid07 11/26/2008 11:59:18 AM

The way you handle Thor is to make the audience keep on guessing,think a Beautiful mind. You have DB played by a regular guy type who keeps having these strange dreams about Nordic Gods. This allows for the Asgardian Supernatural elements to fit in with the pseudo reality already established. Is it in his head or isn't it type of thing yet we all know how it will end up. also by using this techniques is can allow Asgard elements to be done in a lot less costly fashion alla 300.
 

GSSCHAN2000 11/26/2008 12:22:08 PM

as for the guessing thing about THOR ,i agree.who says he has to have his origin in the movie.leave that for the THOR movie itself.that way WE know who he is and the other characters are left to guess.

what i would do for his origin is have THOR fighting on earth.hes injured and DB tries to help him.as a result DB himself is hurt/killed.THOR ,hurt possibly dying,wakes as it happens and begs ODIN to help DB. ODIN sees both are kindred spirits and merges them together. THOR's hammer becomes the cane.

 

OK its ultraman cliches but its better then the stick in the cave.

ponyboy76 11/26/2008 12:45:13 PM

Yeah, i`m not sure the stick in the cave would work either. Mixing the Captain America and even Ant-Man won`t be a problem. Cap was already hinted at in Hulk anyway. Thor is going to be a little harder but still definitely doable. i have faith that it`ll come out fine.

br003 11/26/2008 1:41:15 PM

Iron Man made a lot of money, a blockbuster. The movie should be built around him, that way he could be the bright spot to save it if starts to stink. I say put some reserve Avengers in there like Moon Knight. The really god ones like Thor are gonna cost. The first mission should be to find Captain America. I know the shield was in the IM movie, but they could have been expecting to find him, then have the shield ready. In short second raters Iron Man whips into shape tomake him look good.

gr689 11/26/2008 11:02:33 PM

Way to really spill the beans Downey; I mean how cool was it to hear him have such a passion for this stuff? It's refreshing and nice to see an actor of his caliber speak so genuinely about how trickey it will be to put the AVENGERS MOVIE together. It is 'trickey'!! In the past few years we've been seeing writing on these comic book movies jump from semi-ok scripts to rewritten rewritten GEMS.

The exstensive work being done with scripts these days, ie IronMan, TDK, even Incredible Hulk is awesome and it proves that if you keep at getting the best script possible and have enough passion behind getting the job done right then an awesome movie will be the gift in the end. The formula for comic movies is getting better everyday, and I think its going to be no different for the new movies coming up. They'll figure out a way to make it work.......hopefully.

theduck1980 11/27/2008 12:36:04 AM

Hi all. My 1st comment here!  I'm not an avid marvel fan... my knowledge is mostly movie based.  But I can't help but wonder why the avengers HAVE to be the traditional crew.  If thor is an unwanted element in an otherwise semi beleivable story, there are many others within the Marvel universe?  Why not crossover with the likes of darevevil, or an x-men character for e.g?  theres literally heaps of them right?  No doubt some will argue it has to be the same as the comics... but why be sentimental when it could be better & original

almostunbiased 11/27/2008 6:11:35 AM

I agree duck.  Hate thor.  drop him like yesterday's newspaper.  Oh and happy thanksgiving.

WarCry 11/27/2008 6:36:13 AM

The way to make it all work together is to do exactly what they did for Iron Man: Get the movie higher-ups (directors, actors, producers) together with the muckety-mucks from the comics (Writers, artists, editors) and you make a "steering committee". This lets the movie studio turn out a product that, while not an exact translation, is true to the comics.

It seemed to work incredibly well for Iron Man, I think they need to do the exact same thing for the rest of these films.

BTW, my 2 cents for actors - Alexander Skarsgard for Captain America! I know he Swedish so an instict would be to say "Thor", but watch Generation Kill. The guy is brilliant as American military, and I think he's perfect for Cap....

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