Robert Downey Jr. Talks Upcoming Marvel Movies

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 14th, 2013 at 3:23 am,

MTV caught up with the ubiquitous Robert Downey Jr. at the Iron Man 2 junket this weekend and got him to chat a bit about his feelings concerning the casting of Captain America, how the Thor movie is coming along, and where he stands on The Avengers project at this point.

Despite his involvement in several upcoming, high-profile projects, most fans still associate Downey foremost with the Marvel universe – especially as of late, what withIron Man 2 releasing in theaters.

Given that his portrayal of Tony Stark/Iron Man has been met with pretty much universal approval by moviegoers of all creeds, Downey’s opinion about Chris Evans being cast as Captain America will definitely weigh heavily with the general fanboy/fangirl community.

Fortunately – for Evans – Downey seems quite enthusiastic about the decision:

“I do know [Evans] and I think it was a very smart casting choice.  I know that it was a difficult choice for both the studio to make and for him personally, having been involved in other franchises [like Fantastic Four] before.  But if I had to venture a guess, I think he’ll count himself as lucky and he’ll have a good time.”

But will Captain America assume his traditional position as leader of The Avengers Initiative – even above Tony Stark?  As Downey jokingly put it, “I’ll clown all of them.  I’ll just clown those fools.”

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Nobody bosses Iron Man around — well, at least not easily.

In addition, Downey admitted that he has become “a bit of an ambassador from Marvel” – a position that actually led him to visit the Thor set so as to “let [the cast and crew of  Thor] know there’s a presence and an awareness, and a gratitude, and a bit of a commiseration,” since, after filming two Iron Man films, he knows that “these are tough movies to pull off.”

Downey added that, “I think between the casting and Branagh at the helm, I particularly feel that ‘Thor’ is on a really solid page right now,” and that Chris Hemsworth (Thor himself) is “compelling even in small doses, so I bet getting to see him fully inhabit an iconic character should be good.”

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I’d make a “Thor far so good” joke here but that would be tactless.

Finally, Downey shockingly revealed that his involvement in The Avengers was not a done deal yet – feel free to roll your eyes in bemusement my fellow readers icon wink Robert Downey Jr. Talks Upcoming Marvel Movies – but that he’s not exactly thinking about that at the moment.  It’s a pretty understandable stance for a guy as busy as R.D.J.

But what does Downey make of the rumors about Joss Whedon helming The Avengers?  Well, he surprisingly confessed that he’s “not very familiar with the guy” but that “I will let Marvel make whatever decisions they deem appropriate.”

So what do you think of Downey as a new “ambassador” for Marvel?

The Avengers is scheduled for release on May 4, 2012, with – according to Downey – filming possibly beginning next spring.

In the meantime, Thor will be out in theaters on May 6, 2011, while The First Avenger: Captain America will arrive just a few months later on July 22.

Source: MTV News (1st link) (2nd link)

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  1. Is the Joss Whedon thing still technically a rumor?
    I thought it was confirmed

  2. I saw an interview where RDJ was asked if he was ready for Avengers and he said yes.


  3. I believe it is all but a done deal but I'm not sure it's been “officially” announced yet. I believe it's like how only yesterday Bill Condon was “officially” pronounced as the director for Breaking Dawn – despite the fact that we reported it almost a month ago.

  4. Could the Avengers or Iron Man 3 be the last of RDJ in Marvel movies?

  5. RDJ confessing he's “not very familiar with the guy” in relation to Joss Whedon makes sense. Joss Whedon does not have a film makers portfolio or experience and RDJ would be a better choice for directing The Avengers.

  6. He is mad cool.. Marvel lucked out in making him the Ambassador for Marvel Cinema! Totally cool! And he NEEDS to be in the Avengers movie. There is no doubt about that.

  7. I just read a recent interview done last friday where the president of Marvel studios mentioned that Joss Whedon is still UNCONFIRMED as director of the avengers.

    So yeah, there's still hope that Marvel wakes up and realizes their mistake.

  8. I totally agree. What´s the Avengers without Iron Man?! And he (of course) needs to be in the sequels to that movie.

  9. I think its all about the $$$$ re RDJ comment on it not being a done deal. Chances are he is on a 3 picture deal, as iron man came out before they started all the avenger/9 picture deal for people to sign on the dotted line. So he is starting to play hardball because of this, he knows he has to be in The Avengers and there is his three movies completed… but wait what about Iron Man 3, and possible sequels of The Avengers and other cross overs ?? there in lays the renogotiation phase which will probably see him truely become the financial success of Tony Stark. Im one of the fortunate ones to live in sydney australia, iron man 2 was released two days ago here and it doesnt dissapoint, it does drag in a couple of places as mentioned in the Iron Man 2 review if you have read it (which was a dead on review) but overall its a successfull movie to wet your appetite for even more….


  10. Bring Back Norton!!

  11. Very diplomatic, careful answers, public relations people at work.

    And since RDJ is the biggest name attached to all of those movies, (yes even above that of Whedon), it would be surprising if the whole architecture of those movies had been elaborated without first signing RDJ for many projects, including the Avengers one.

    So when he says nothing is set in stone, he’s just being a big tease, and probably as per the producers’ instruction.