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.