Following this week’s red carpet premiere of Captain America: Civil War and a rush of positive reviews from the press, the cast of Marvel’s latest installment to its cinematic universe has kicked off the press tour leading up to the film’s release. With one of the largest casts in the Marvel film lineup to date (along with early press surrounding Marvel’s other 2016 release, Doctor Strange), the tour heated up this week on Jimmy Kimmel Live – with Marvel stars from Team Iron Man stopping by to chat about the upcoming film. Between that and the reveal of the Doctor Strange poster and teaser trailer, Kimmel’s lineup has been chock full of superhero action all week.
The week’s midpoint offered a new interview with one of the more beloved actors on the big screen. Actor Robert Downey Jr., who portrays Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, most recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel’s show along with the rest of Team Iron Man to talk about Civil War, Tom Holland’s portrayal of Spider-Man, and his prized possession from a past Marvel film.
Regardless of whether they’re conducted by a television host or a modest reporter, interviews with Robert Downey Jr. have always been nothing short of interesting. Such is the case with the latest set of clips from last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, when the actor (accompanied by co-stars Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, and Paul Bettany) re-confirmed his possession of the Avengers tower ‘A’ in his office:
I have it … I said, ‘why is this in England? Send it back to LA I’ll put it in my office.’ They said, ‘Seriously?’ I said, ‘Yeah, yeah. I’ll wait.’
RDJ, known already as a mentor to Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor John Boyega, mentioned that he had also taken the MCU’s new Spider-Man — Tom Holland — under his wing, and then made a fairly sharp jab at Rodney Dangerfield, before he mentioned one of his earliest encounters with Dangerfield — where Dangerfield answered the door in a not-entirely-closed bathrobe. The actor also talked about Spider-Man: Homecoming again in another interview on Kimmel last night (as we reported earlier), though he was still not able to confirm that he’ll be appearing in the film as Iron Man – saying “Perhaps I will. We don’t have a contract yet.”
The actor went on to praise Chris Evans, before explaining that his co-star was nervous about the Civil War premiere: “Before the premiere he’s all nervous, and we were supposed to drive in the Audis … he’s like ‘bro, I don’t know, should you go first, should I go first?’ and I was like ‘Man up, dude! We gotta go to this premiere together!'” He broke down the thought process behind press tours and red carpets in a fairly human manner, as well:
“I think … over time you get immune to it and then once in a while you just realize, ‘oh, this is exciting!’ … I think last night he suddenly all of a sudden realized that this is exciting.”
The visting cast chatted about Civil War briefly, which premiered across the street the night before. Right off the bat, a small reveal about Sharon Carter’s alliances surfaced, when Jimmy Kimmel questioned her role in Team Iron Man. “Sharon kinda plays both sides a little bit,” said the actress. The cast admitted to seeing the movie for the first time at the premiere, before Paul Bettany discussed being the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S. before becoming The Vision. Some time after voicing J.A.R.V.I.S., Bettany was told by a producer that his career in Hollywood was over. “And then Joss Whedon called and said, ‘You wanna be the Vision?’ and I said, ‘Yup!'” Cheadle also admitted to being on set for more time than he seemed to like while his mask is down, before Bettany went into the intricate work that goes into bringing The Vision to life via makeup.
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange– November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1–May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans –July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.
Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live (see the above videos)