Robert Downey Jr. Calls ‘The Avengers 2′ Ambitious; Teases Hawkeye’s Role

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron marks Robert Downey Jr.’s fifth film being inside the Iron Man suit. It’s a role that not only reinvigorated his career but launched a globally successful film franchise, which has since earned billions of dollars.

Being the oldest of the core Avengers, there has already been speculation over how many more times Downey will reprise the role of Tony Stark. Contractually, Downey is signed for two more Avengers’ films, including the forthcoming Age of Ultron. Noticeably absent in that contract is an Iron Man 4, which is strong evidence that the character will either be recast or retired before too long.

In a recent Q&A with Variety, Downey was asked how many more films he expects Marvel to make with their current roster of talent:

“The smart money is you have to look at everybody’s age. I’ll put myself at the top of the list. Sooner or later, they’ve got to start over and get somebody young. I’m not there with them yet.”

With Chris Evans’ comments today concerning his departure from acting once his obligations to Marvel are over, it seems Marvel will be in need of a new team of Avengers before too long. Perhaps this was part of the plan for introducing newcomers Scarlet Witch (Elilzabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson)?

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But Downey, Evans, and the rest of our current cinematic Avengers aren’t out of the picture yet. Avengers 2 releases next summer and Downey calls it “a very ambitious sequel,” “dense,” and “smart.” This echoes comments Scarlet Johansson has made previously about Avengers 2 being “darker” and “more cerebreal.” Clearly, writer/director Joss Whedon is looking to follow The Avengers with something different; a film that’s more Empire and less A New Hope. (Which is funny funny considering Whedon doesn’t like TESB‘s ending.)

Downey also hinted a bit at Hawkeye’s (Jeremy Renner) involvement in the sequel, saying:

“My 2-year-old is crazy about Hawkeye, and I think Jeremy [Renner] has a lot to do with the plot. There’s always so many plates to spin to get these things half-right, and I’m really excited about this one.”

One could argue Hawkeye’s role in The Avengers had a lot to do with the plot, but in reality the time he was onscreen as a member of the Avengers was limited. For Avengers 2, however, Renner has already been seen filming with Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, so perhaps his role will be larger and have something to do with the Maximoff twins joining the team? (As for Iron Man not being RDJ’s kid’s favorite Avenger? That’s just wrong.)

Do you believe The Avengers: Age of Ultron will beat the sequel’s curse and go on to surpass The Avengers, in both reception and earnings? How about Hawkeye’s role, what integral part could be play in Avengers 2′s plot? Let us know what you think in the comments below!


The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1st, 2015.

Source: Variety

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  1. This movie should be nothing but awesome. Can’t wait for Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Vision to join the team. Hope Spader kills it as Ultron.

    • “…the team. Hope Spader kills it a Ultron.” What, kills the team? Oh you wretched bad boy, you, perish the thought! (hee-hee!)

    • Seriously…?

      Scarlet Witch (Elilzabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson).

      God did you see the photos?!? What were they thinking….?

      • I find it funny that we’re reacting to pre visual effects set photos and we’re complaining about Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch instead of Ultron.

        Set photos always look bad.

  2. Hawkeye’s always been one of my favorite heroes, but I cant help but feel that “his importance” could alude to his death in AOU. Hope it doesn’t happen.

    • I agree. Whedon teased someone dying, and I feel that it’s pointing to Hawkeye. It can’t be Robert Downey Jr. since he extended his contract to Avengers 3. Chris Evans has Cap 3 still and Chris Hemsworth has Thor 3. I don’t see them killing off Black Widow either. Hawkeye is not even in Cap 2, which is mind boggling since SHIELD is heavily involved.

  3. It seems that they are taking a page out of Captain America 2 with the whole darker/smarter thing…which is a good place for comic book movies to be, because that’s where most comic books are! Also: ONE MORE WEEK TILL WINTER SOLDIER

    • The Empire Strikes Back playbook.

    • The Winter Soldier just came out today, here at the Philippines, and boy was it so awesome! Gotta watch out for the Avengers Tower!

    • So much wrong with that comment…

      Darker has led to dumber and more ridiculous writing and stories, not smarter ones. Unless, by “smarter” you mean easier for the hardcore fanboys to ignore the plot holes and inconsistent characterization because… dark!

      The Joker/Batman dynamic is an easy example. When Joker was just robbing banks, committing wacky crimes and generally just trying to annoy Batman, the revolving door justice practiced by Arkham/ Gotham (and the rest of the comics world) was acceptable. Now, when every time Joker escapes he is murdering numbers that could populate small countries it makes Batman an impotent enabler, if not a narcissistic idiot clinging to an outdated, hypocritical, and increasingly inexplicable moral code. It’s also ironic how the same crowd that sort of storytelling panders to will pick apart more lighter-toned stories endlessly, but ignore that sort of glaring inconsistency. Because hey… dark!

      And that’s just the first, most obvious, example; no, being darker has emphatically NOT made stories smarter… it’s just made the fanboys of that form of narrative more pretentious.

      We also have more than enough in the way of dark and serious super hero entertainment nowadays. It used to be there were options, from horror to comedy to sci-fi to romance to just straight up super hero action, which could also include any or all of the other genres, but now that what used to be considered EC-levels of horror and gore and graphic violence have been brought mainstream those options are quickly dwindling. Now it’s close to becoming a choice of EC-horror wrapped in colorful tights or children’s stories wrapped in colorful tights, with no middle ground left for those of us who have jobs and responsibilities, read actual books (the ones with no, or very few, pictures/ illustrations), watch the news, generally can get our serious entertainment from sources that are more compatible with it, and look to our super hero comics for escapist entertainment.

      I’m also not saying that there isn’t a place for dark, serious super hero stories, just that there needs to be more balance. But the truth is: if the ONLY place you have, or are willing, to look for dark, serious, “realistic” entertainment is in super hero comics, watching people in garish costumes with incredible powers beat on each other endlessly with no true resolution possible… well, maybe you all need to take a long, hard look in a mirror instead of constantly worrying about burying your insecurities by showing how “hardcore” you are through your preferences in comic books and super hero stories.

      • Captain America: The Winter Soldier was darker than The First Avenger, and was a much better film.

  4. I am SUPER hyped for this movie! I really am looking forward to seeing how faithful Vision’s look is to his comic book counterpart, I don’t know much about the character but I am really excited FOR ALL of the new characters.
    I also think the casting of James Spader will end up being brilliant, and SW looks pretty damn HOT!

    • yeah me too, i just hope they don’t go all white version

  5. What is the sequel curse? I always thought the sequel surpassed, but part three always screws up. Spider-man 2, T2, Godfather part 2, and fingers crossed Cap 2, etc.

    • Not to say that there aren’t any good sequels out there because there are, it’s just that the ratio to failed sequels outnumbers the good sequels…

    • the dark knight….

  6. What is the sequel “curse” you are speaking of? Curse meaning that sequels are never as great or profitable as the original? That is entirely and utterly false.

    Terminator 2. Aliens. Catching Fire. Empire Strikes Back. The Dark Knight. Home Alone 2.

    • Curse as in sequels are rarely as good as their predecessors, regardless of how much it makes.

      Iron Man 2. PotC: Dead Man’s Chest. Hangover 2. Kick-Ass 2. Cars 2. Return of Jafar.

      • They are referring to the 3rd Movie curse which seems to have been around since Empire Strikes Back. However personally I think its more of building hype you expect the next film to top the last which is why you get disappointed. Examples of 3rd Movie hype, Spiderman 3, Dark Knight Rises, Terminator 3, Jurassic Park 3, Return of the King, Aliens 3 (Yes I know these are just my opinions and people will disagree with some)

        • i only disagree with ROTK being on that list. it won an oscar and was the most successful of the 3. but like you said…

          • Yh they gave ROTK an oscar because the previous 2 didn’t get any which always annoyed me a little because why wait for all three to come out before handing out the oscar if they were that good.
            TBH ROTK, Return of the Jedi and DKR are all good movies but for me when compare to Two Towers, Empire and TDK they just don’t compete on the same level.
            Plus only reason I’m not a big fan of ROTK is the fact that a ghost army comes along and wipes all the bad guys out in seconds just as the battle was getting really tense lol

      • In my opinion, by far the worst sequel I’ve ever seen was Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. I prefer any of the ones you listed to this atrocity of a film.

        • that movie and the gi joe movie were the two worst movies i have ever seen, the only thing good about them were the hot actresses

        • You must not have seen very many movies, then. I could name dozens of sequels worse than Revenge of the Fallen. To name just a few: Terminator Salvation, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, Superman IV, Robocop 3, Batman and Robin, and S. Darko.

  7. holy deja vu above me ha…

    age and time for the main cast is against them…i wonder what they plan to do… replace actors and keep it moving or just retire/whack characters and add new ones.

    i personally want to see more of Iron Man, Cap and Fury even with different actors…

  8. BTW, I have not express my feelings here about how cool the silver hair Aaron Taylor looks in costume but how dissapointing…. S. Witch… I mean, I had to say it. this girl costume was inspired from twilight/ mortal instruments?

    • Quick Silver,s under armor costume is lame

      • Oops Silver’s

    • Don’t be surprised if what is being filmed right now is Scarlet and Quick’s first meeting with an Avenger (Hawkeye). You may be seeing their street digs before they suit up.

  9. Did anyone ever say why Hawkeye isn’t in Cap 2? Maybe it will be explained in AOU. Just wondering since he’s a major SHIELD agent.

    • i am going to see it later tonight and i am expected an explanation at least
      people say why the avengers aint in each other movies but i never get that
      unlike them i understand why
      but with hawkeye i really cant see why he aint in this movie.
      so they better explain he is off somewhere.

      • I would hold off to avengers 2 before you get to angry as we might not get a proper explanation until then?

  10. that makes me happy
    black widow was amazing and really stood her ground in the team
    i am happy that renners comments a couple years ago didnt affect his role
    he said that he was disappointed with the character in the avengers because it wasnt what he expected
    the character was a loki pawn for most of the movie
    i was also really annoyed he wasnt in captain amercia…
    joss really is the right guy for marvel because he can make scrips and all his character shine. it will be a sad day when marvel loose him. probably after avengers 3

  11. Captain America needs a major upgrade. weapon or something. juts saying

  12. No he doesn’t that’s why he’s Captain America LOL

  13. Whedon doesn’t like the ending of Empire Strikes Back? What a pretentious ass!


    • I’ll thank you now for keeping the spoiler vague.

  15. maybe they send Hawkeye to “take out” SW and QS like they sent him to take out BW, but he makes a different call

  16. Whedon is a brilliant storyteller, and he hit the jackpot with the cast. I don’t think the sequel or even three-quel curse could affect him. It’s a smart move growing more complex with each film. Avoid going linear and doing the same thing over again. Whedon’s got a formula for keeping everyone on their toes. I CANNOT WAIT to see this AND Winter’s Soldier. Too much good stuff!

    • I agree, I hope they sign him again for A3

  17. Just speculating here, but old team: Cap, Iron Man, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Hulk, with Nick Fury over-seeing.
    New team: Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Black Panther, Wasp, Ant-Man (or Goliath), possibly Falcon or War-Machine.
    Going out on a speculative limb here and saying Dr. Strange will remain solo, and not actually join the Avengers.

  18. I can see Dr. Strange assisting the Avengers in Avengers 3 when they fight Thanos. They will need some cosmic/magic to fight against Thanos.

  19. The story arc “The Crossing” reveals Iron Man as a traitor among the Avengers’ ranks, due to years of manipulation by the time-traveling dictator Kang the Conqueror. Stark, as a sleeper agent in Kang’s thrall, kills Marilla, the nanny of Crystal and Quicksilver’s daughter Luna, as well as Rita DeMara, the female Yellowjacket, then Amanda Chaney, an ally of the Avengers. The Avengers Forever limited series later retcons these events as the work of a disguised Immortus, not Kang, and that the mental control had gone back only a few months.[64]
    Needing help to defeat both Stark and the ostensible Kang, the team travels back in time to recruit a teenaged Anthony Stark from an alternate timeline to assist them. The young Stark steals an Iron Man suit in order to aid the Avengers against his older self. The sight of his younger self shocks the older Stark enough for him to regain momentary control of his actions, and he sacrifices his life to stop Kang. The young Stark later builds his own suit to become the new Iron Man, and, remaining in the present day, gains legal control of “his” company.


  21. Jackass’s! The only person that even has a spot on the kill roster is Hawkeye! No one else can be killed because of either immortality (Thor, Hulk) or have another movie already scheduled to come out (Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, Hulk, Iron Man—Avengers 3) He is the only one that either is not immortal or doesn’t have a solo movie coming up. And don’t give me some bullsh*t about “oh Thor dies in comics or Captain America dies or Iron Man dies or Hulk dies or any other bullsh*t. None of it matters when you have another movie already scheduled! So HAWKEYE WILL DIE! your welcome for ending the debate ;)