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Joss Whedon won't make Avengers 2 without Robert Downey Jr.

06.05.2013

At the beginning of May, there were rumors that the cast of THE AVENGERS wanted some more change after finding out that Robert Downey Jr. alone made $50 million for his role. Downey was in their corner saying once that the rest of the cast deserved more. Another issue was the fact that Downey was unsure whether we would return as Iron Man. When director Joss Whedon was asked about all this mess, he said that the actors were not "hung out to dry". Everyone seems to think that Downey will return, but Whedon weighted in on this during an interview with The Daily Beast.

He is Iron Man. He is Iron Man in the way that Sean Connery was James Bond. I have no intention of making 'Avengers 2' without him, nor do I think I’ll be called upon to do that. I don't think it's in my interest, Marvel's interest, or his interest, and I think everything will be fine.

Then after talking about being raised by a hardcore feminist mom, the site asked what Whedon thought about the lack of female superheroes in film to which he answered:

Toymakers will tell you they won't sell enough, and movie people will point to the two terrible superheroine movies that were made and say, You see? It can’t be done. It’s stupid, and I’m hoping ‘The Hunger Games’ will lead to a paradigm shift. It's frustrating to me that I don't see anybody developing one of these movies. It actually pisses me off. My daughter watched 'The Avengers' and was like, 'My favorite characters were the Black Widow and Maria Hill,' and I thought, Yeah, of course they were. I read a beautiful thing Junot Diaz wrote: "If you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection upon themselves."

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6:58AM on 06/21/2013
"He is Iron Man. He is Iron Man in the way that Sean Connery was James Bond."

"Was" James Bond? Ahh, so he *is* Iron Man in the very same way that Sean Connery's role could be successfully recast again and again and again. Glad that's sorted out.
"He is Iron Man. He is Iron Man in the way that Sean Connery was James Bond."

"Was" James Bond? Ahh, so he *is* Iron Man in the very same way that Sean Connery's role could be successfully recast again and again and again. Glad that's sorted out.
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4:33PM on 06/06/2013

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiight

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You forgot to mention he completely back tracks and says how it sounds he acknowledges he would still make it. He's contracted regardless to do it. He's just threatening them with a shitty Spider-man 3 turn if he doesn't get Downey. I'm down with him saying to MARVEL "STOP BEING CHEAP!" but I don't he can't just drop out
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You forgot to mention he completely back tracks and says how it sounds he acknowledges he would still make it. He's contracted regardless to do it. He's just threatening them with a shitty Spider-man 3 turn if he doesn't get Downey. I'm down with him saying to MARVEL "STOP BEING CHEAP!" but I don't he can't just drop out
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10:36AM on 06/06/2013
Great, just please, no more Pepper Potts.
Great, just please, no more Pepper Potts.
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9:14AM on 06/06/2013

Good for Joss

Marvel now has no choice but to up the pay for the rest of the team, they dont get paid, RDJ doesnt come back, then Joss doesnt come back then the fans dont come back and everbody loses
Marvel now has no choice but to up the pay for the rest of the team, they dont get paid, RDJ doesnt come back, then Joss doesnt come back then the fans dont come back and everbody loses
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8:13AM on 06/06/2013
$50 million for the one movie? Love RDJ and his portrayal of Iron Man, but no actor is worth that much for one film regardless of how much it makes. It's idiotic and slightly obscene.
$50 million for the one movie? Love RDJ and his portrayal of Iron Man, but no actor is worth that much for one film regardless of how much it makes. It's idiotic and slightly obscene.
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9:00AM on 06/06/2013
And THE AVENGERS made $1,511,757,910 worldwide. I'd say Marvel and Disney got their money's worth.
And THE AVENGERS made $1,511,757,910 worldwide. I'd say Marvel and Disney got their money's worth.
9:13AM on 06/06/2013
Not at all, they didn't pay him 50 million, his deal was for a % of the total the movie made, becuz it made so much his check got bigger
Not at all, they didn't pay him 50 million, his deal was for a % of the total the movie made, becuz it made so much his check got bigger
12:15AM on 06/06/2013
One way or another, there will be Iron Man. Same as Batman that we have talented actors to portray him.
One way or another, there will be Iron Man. Same as Batman that we have talented actors to portray him.
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12:01AM on 06/06/2013

Share the wealth

If Downey is so concerned with the pay for the rest of the cast then he should share some of that 50 million with them..
If Downey is so concerned with the pay for the rest of the cast then he should share some of that 50 million with them..
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9:00PM on 06/05/2013
If he is so concerned why doesn't he make one surely after the Avengers he has enough leverage, I like his movies, but otherwise Whedon is an idiot.
If he is so concerned why doesn't he make one surely after the Avengers he has enough leverage, I like his movies, but otherwise Whedon is an idiot.
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8:51PM on 06/05/2013
I love Joss Whedon.
I love Joss Whedon.
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8:48PM on 06/05/2013
No shit.
No shit.
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8:37PM on 06/05/2013

Whedon wants Downey

I dont know enough about Joss Whedon as a movie maker to either like him or hate him....but I will defend him in this case....Robert Downey Jr. is IRON MAN, that much is clear....you cant put another actor with dark hair and beard to do the same thing exactly....Downey Jr has shaped Iron Man in every way that is true to the comics.
I dont know enough about Joss Whedon as a movie maker to either like him or hate him....but I will defend him in this case....Robert Downey Jr. is IRON MAN, that much is clear....you cant put another actor with dark hair and beard to do the same thing exactly....Downey Jr has shaped Iron Man in every way that is true to the comics.
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10:02PM on 06/05/2013
Agree wholeheartedly.
Agree wholeheartedly.
8:19PM on 06/05/2013
We'll see if he is singing the same tune when a dump truck full of money backs up to his house.
We'll see if he is singing the same tune when a dump truck full of money backs up to his house.
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8:14PM on 06/05/2013
Great news to hear. Glad to know that Whedon is loyal to his cast and that he takes good care of them.

If Downey Jr were to get replaced this late into the story, the backlash would be catastrophic.
Great news to hear. Glad to know that Whedon is loyal to his cast and that he takes good care of them.

If Downey Jr were to get replaced this late into the story, the backlash would be catastrophic.
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8:02PM on 06/05/2013
Joss said everything will be fine, everything will be fine.
Joss said everything will be fine, everything will be fine.
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6:48AM on 06/06/2013
Right, cuz that logic worked for us with "W".
Right, cuz that logic worked for us with "W".
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6:46PM on 06/05/2013
they should make a superheroine movie:

superwife

she always has the house neat, the kids and hubby happy, and is a model for all women across the world
they should make a superheroine movie:

superwife

she always has the house neat, the kids and hubby happy, and is a model for all women across the world
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6:47AM on 06/06/2013
Holy crap, I can't believe you're getting thumbs down. Does everyone think you're being serious? I laughed my ass off and gave you a thumbs up.

Learn to take a joke people!
Holy crap, I can't believe you're getting thumbs down. Does everyone think you're being serious? I laughed my ass off and gave you a thumbs up.

Learn to take a joke people!
10:59AM on 06/06/2013
I just dont think its realistic enough for people to buy...lol
I just dont think its realistic enough for people to buy...lol
12:01PM on 06/06/2013
I understand you're making a joke, but in regards to the topic at hand, it's in bad taste. Heterosexism and chauvinism are becoming a disturbing undercurrent throughout American culture. Remarks like that perpetrate the problem, and do not make things better for anyone. People think it's funny to make jokes, but a good 90% of the time, the ones making those jokes are men, often at the expense of women.
I understand you're making a joke, but in regards to the topic at hand, it's in bad taste. Heterosexism and chauvinism are becoming a disturbing undercurrent throughout American culture. Remarks like that perpetrate the problem, and do not make things better for anyone. People think it's funny to make jokes, but a good 90% of the time, the ones making those jokes are men, often at the expense of women.
2:30AM on 06/07/2013
this is a hilarious joke
this is a hilarious joke
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