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No Iron Man, No Whedon

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By Robert T. Trate     June 05, 2013

The Avengers will assemble on May 1st, 2015.
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Variety (via the Daily Beast) released the news that Joss Whedon will not make Avengers 2 with out Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. In what may be one of the greatest power plays in Hollywood, Whedon is laying it out for Marvel that he needs Robert Downey Jr. to suit up again. Here is Whedon’s statement:

“He is Iron Man. He is Iron Man in the way that Sean Connery was James Bond, ” Whedon said. “I have no intention of making “Avengers 2″ without him, nor do I think I’ll be called upon to do that,” Whedon says. “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.”

You gotta love Joss Whedon. He knows, as we all do, that the Avengers are nothing without Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. How will this play out will probably never become public knowledge. Then again we live in a world where privacy is quickly becoming obsolete. One tweet here, a quick comment there and we could very well know how much Marvel had to shell out for a sequel to one of the most successful films of all time. 

Despite all the contract negotiations and disputes, rest assured the Avengers will assemble on May 1st, 2015. 


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samurai1138 6/6/2013 3:17:59 AM

 No Burton, no Keaton! Remember how that turned out? Don't mess this up Marvel 

Dazzler 6/6/2013 3:51:38 AM

Hmm...guess we should start recasting now then?  Maybe Tom Cruise is up for Iron Man again?  I can't believe RDJ would leave the role that jump started his career again. 

DarthBob 6/6/2013 4:49:24 AM

Ruh roh, are the wheels falling off of the bus here?

jedibanner 6/6/2013 5:18:09 AM

It's kind of sad that I'm sure it's not just Marvel but all the actors, directors and producers who are fighting for more money knowing the next movie will make so much money and now there are chances of having a whole new reeboot of the characters with new actors...which wouldn't work so...this is not good news.

ElBaz13 6/6/2013 6:02:24 AM

What's funny if if you read a lot of the articles surrounding the whole Marvel and RDJ salary issue is that Disney wants to pony up the cash, but Marvel Studios refused the assistance of Disney. If you recall, Disney owns Marvel but Marvel Studios are independant and run by themselves.

I'm not worried about this. This is a negotiating ploy more than anything. Joss holds a lot of power at Marvel Studios therefore this will push them to ante up. It would be a major disaster if RDJ and Joss walked out. You could bet the other actors would follow as well. It's almost like the Friends negotating their salaries way back. Ensemble groups have more power.


redvector 6/6/2013 6:28:26 AM

 Well Pixar studios was "independent" once upon a time too. How's that working out for them?

monkeyfoot 6/6/2013 6:40:43 AM

Yeah, I've got no worries. I get the impression they all get along fine. It's just the dealing back and forth with different costs take time.



I say pay RDJ alittle bit more so we can also get a Marvel Two In One movie with Iron Man and the Hulk.

ElBaz13 6/6/2013 7:40:49 AM

Pixar is still "independent" and Disney does not meddle into their affairs since they have the Disney Toon studios.  But comparing Pixar to Marvel is a different story.

There were no salary holdouts from the voice cast of Toy Story 3. In fact, they all wanted to be onboard on the condition it was Pixar that produced the film, not Disney Toon.

The whole difference here is Marvel Studios is still acting like a cheap, independent studio (nothing wrong like that) and Disney bigwigs are the opposite and want to spend the cash as they know these actors ,especially RDJ, sell tickets.

I'm sure there will be a happy medium in between and if Marvel Studios say they don't have the money, they will find it.

axia777 6/6/2013 8:21:45 AM

Pay up /Marvel!  Diney has BILLIONS.  Paying the stars that make the movies is the smart thing to do.  Letting RDJ go would be disatorous to the Marvel plan.  They cannot be that stupid.

momitchell7 6/6/2013 8:28:34 AM

The Sean Connery was James Bond statement was kind of dumb - how many people have played Bond since Connery?

Anyway, I'm sure everything will work out and I can guarantee that the Avengers show will go on with, or without RDJ and Whedon (as sad as that would be).

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