If Robert Downey Jr.'s not back for "Avengers 2," Joss Whedon says count him out too

Courtesy Walt Disney Pictures Robert Downey Jr., Joss Whedon, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans enjoy a relaxed moment during shooting of "Marvel's The Avengers."
Courtesy Walt Disney Pictures
Robert Downey Jr., Joss Whedon, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans enjoy a relaxed moment during shooting of “Marvel’s The Avengers.”

 Following “Iron Man 3,” Robert Downey Jr. has now wrapped up his commitment with Marvel Studios and now begins the arduous salary negotiation process to get him to reprise his iconic Iron Man/Tony Stark role in any future Avengers projects.

For his part, “Marvel’s The Avengers” Director/co-writer Joss Whedon plans to help make the negotiations go a little smoother by saying he has every intention of sitting out the sequel to the third highest-grossing film of all time if Downey isn’t back.

While making the rounds promoting his new film, “Much Ado About Nothing,” Whedon made clear his stance in an interview with the Daily Beast.

“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.”

Iron Man 2 Robert Downey Jr as Tony StarkThere’s hardball and then there’s “I directed the third highest grossing film of all time so you’d best take my statement seriously.” Marvel Studios is already taking some PR hits in negotiating with Downey’s “Avengers” cast mates and they won’t do themselves any favors by making Whedon anything less than completely happy. The bottom line here is pretty simple – Downey’s the face of the Avengers franchise, Hollywood’s most profitable film series right now – and he needs to be paid like it.

What do you think? Any chance of Downey not returning for “Avengers 2?” And if not, do you think Whedon bails?

  • Pierre Mooney

    Well, as I have said I am sure there will be other Actors who will play IRON MAN. Some may be as successful Roger Moore was playing James Bond. So I do not care if Downey is not in the next one.

  • Well I do man, you would be crazy not to want to see ‘RDJ’ in “Avengers 2”. I said before in the long run Marvel will definitely be fine without ‘RDJ’, but not in the short term. You’re simply in the minority here my friend, if ‘RDJ’ was not in “Avengers 2” that would be a big blow. It might not matter to you personally, but in the big picture it would not be good.

  • Pierre Mooney

    OK, I am in the minority, but I remember clearly when folks said the same thing when Sean Connerly went on to do other things. James Bond has continued for a lot years. Sean is doing good and the franchise continues. Of course now folks are saying the latest one is the best ever.

  • Yeah but i’m saying as of this moment ‘RDJ’ in irreplaceable, a few years down the line no. And ‘Connery’ is still the best ‘Bond’ bro, but ‘Craig’ has proven to be a pretty good damn ‘Bond’ himself.

  • Pierre Mooney

    Yes the key phrase is “as of this moment”. May be Downey will get more money and do one more. May be he won’t. But may be you have a point in that I do not think IRON MAN will go as long as Bond. So the short run should an important consideration for Marvel.

  • I agree with you there, Marvel can definitely move on with more ‘Iron Man’ films in the future, the real problem there is he doesn’t have a great villians rogue gallery. If he had a great villians list like ‘Spidey’ or ‘Bats’ he could go on and on. Personally I think of the ‘Avengers’ team, ‘Thor’ has the best villians rogue gallery clearly. But I can see ‘RDJ’ returning for “Avengers 2 & 3”, he’s even suggested he rather do that than another ‘IM’ film, and yes another actor will take up the role in the next solo film, you won’t get any disagreements with there.

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