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Robert Downey Jr. Talks "The Avengers"

Posted: November 25th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Robert Downey Jr. Talks "The Avengers"Submit Comment
Robert Downey Jr has become a fan-favorite after his amazing performance in "Iron Man." And soon after the film premiered, Downey also signed on for "Iron Man 2" and "The Avengers."

MTV News had the chance to chat with him and wondered what his thoughts were on the upcoming Marvel film that will team-up some of the studio's most recognizable characters.

"If we don't get it right it's really, really going to suck," said Downey of "The Avengers." "It has to be the crowning blow of Marvel's best and brightest because it's the hardest thing to get right. It's tough to spin all the plates for one of these characters."

But combining the world of Thor with the world of Iron Man might be a problem. "The danger you run with colliding all these worlds is [director] Jon [Favreau] was very certain that 'Iron Man' should be set in a very realistic world," explained Downey. "Nothing that happened in 'Iron Man' is really outside the realm of possibility. Once you start talking about Valhalla and supersized super soldiers and jolly green giants it warrants much further discussion."

Click here to read more about "The Avengers."

Source: MTV News


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i3u7n5 writes:
on November 25th, 2008 at 5:30:31 PM

Yes, nothing in Iron Man is outside the realm of possiblity - kinda like performing surgery on yourself to install the mini fusion reactor pacemaker you built in a f*cking cave in Afghanistan. Nothing hokey there but a gamma mutated scientist, a soldier loaded up with, essentially, steroids and made into the supreme warrior and the Norse god of thunder are all zany and MIGHT not work out unless given proper consideration. I love RDj but between this and his diss on the Dark Knight I REALLY wish he'd shut up and just make movies.
OheRRo29 writes:
on November 25th, 2008 at 5:41:47 PM

good call and i agree with him if this movie isnt done right then this is gunna blow so get this sh*t right
meanmonkey22 writes:
on November 25th, 2008 at 7:01:56 PM

I agree. He needs to shut the f*ck up and just make his damn movies. He was good in Iron Man... but I still can't stand him...
minkowski writes:
on November 25th, 2008 at 9:40:17 PM

I agree with him. he's damned right. Ironman stretches scientific and physical credulity, sure, but all the elements he refers to are more like pure magic, something I don't want to see. Ironman and Dark Knight both stay within the limits of the physically possible, while highly unlikely, but Norse gods and all that other metaphysical muthological bullsh*t avoids explanation and goes straight into the realm of the suernatural. At least Spiderman's origins were treated to a scientific explanation, as were the origins of the X-Men. Valhalla? LOL.
Sinestro writes:
on November 25th, 2008 at 10:00:21 PM

Ironman is gonna have to fight the goddamn Mandarin at some point, so keeping it within the realm of reality (which the first movie stretched too damn far) is gonna be close to impossible. And then there's Fin Fang Foom and Radioactive Man. Besides, this is all f*cking moot, cause he was in the goddamn HULK! Or maybe he was too high and forgot about that.
minkowski writes:
on November 25th, 2008 at 10:10:38 PM

The Hulk doesn't rely on mythology or the supernatural for an explanation of origin. And Ironman fights whoever Marvel wants Ironman to fight, hopefully a character that has some sort of psuedo-scientific explanation. I thoonk one of the elements of Spiderman 3 that alienated viewers was Venom's unbelievable and unexplained origin and Sandman's entire characterization, even though both were given beginnings with a thin sheen of science. I certainly do NOT want to see Ironman fight a villain with the stupid moniker of Fin Fang Foom. Radioactive Man sounds archaic, like it's lifted from a fifties sci-fi pulp novel or a Simpson's episode.
minkowski writes:
on November 25th, 2008 at 10:12:41 PM

And you cannot HAVE an IronMan movie without SOME stretching of physical reality, but there's no damn need to get mythological and supernatural. What's next in Ironman 3? Stark fights the guy from Castlevania?
Sinestro writes:
on November 25th, 2008 at 10:18:25 PM

The Hulk relies on bullsh*t comic book science. Same as X-men, Fantastic Four, Daredevil and even Blade. Thor isn't going to stretch the boundaries one bit. And, yes, Ironman will fight whomsoever Marvel wants him to fight. Coincidentally, over the past decades, he has been fighting the guys I mentioned. So... yeah. Ironman wasn't tied too closely to reality, and Hulk surely wasn't. So, Thor and the rest of the Ultimates shouldn't be a problem. The dude needs to shut up, he's a great actor, just not good at this interview sh*t.
minkowski writes:
on November 25th, 2008 at 10:27:06 PM

All comic book characters rely on BS science. Science FICTION relies on BS science. What many people, including myself, do NOT want to see is IronMan straying into the relam of the purely FANTASTICAL. certainly the movies have done further in trying to convince viewers of the films physical semi-reality, rather than using near magic as comics do. Comics are NOT mainstream, Marvel films are, and the movies need to have at the very least a thin veneer of credulity and reality. People expect that, as they expect magical impossibility in other films like Harry Potter. I'm not sure about Thor, but last I looked, it was difficult to separate him from his Norse mythological roots. Blade is a vampire movie for that crowd. Even then, some 'science' was introduced rather than going the Lost Boys or Twilight route. Ironman has already established a quasi-realistic tone, and to deviate from that invalidates the first film.
minkowski writes:
on November 25th, 2008 at 10:29:25 PM

P.S. Downey interviews as well as others, AFAIK, but you just disagree with him. Stop thinking like a fanboy and try some logic. Don't disrespect the dude because his opinion doesn't mesh with your comicbook nerd expectations. Downey is spot on.
Sinestro writes:
on November 25th, 2008 at 10:31:52 PM

X-men, Blade, Elektra, Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Ghost Rider, Spider-man... all these movies had fantastical elements. You can argue it all you want, but they were fully grounded on the realm of fantasy. Some were a bit gritty, while others tried to not use the more embarrassing terminologies of the comics, but they were all fantastical. I don't know what Marvel movies you were watching, boss. And quasi-reality? Reality is like pregnant, it either is or isn't. And maybe you don't really represent the average Iron Man fan as well as you think.
minkowski writes:
on November 25th, 2008 at 10:32:03 PM

On Thor from wikipedia: "On a mission from his father, the omnipotent Lord of Asgard, Odin, Thor acted as a superhero while maintaining the secret identity of Dr. Donald Blake, an American physician with a partially disabled leg. Blake would transform by tapping his walking stick on the ground; the cane became the magical hammer Mjolnir and Blake transformed into Thor. Thor often battled his evil adoptive brother Loki, a Marvel character adapted from the Norse god of mischief, and was a member of the superhero group the Avengers. Apart from this superhero Marvel featured a number of Thors (and similar characters) based on him." No thanks!
minkowski writes:
on November 25th, 2008 at 10:37:02 PM

Quasi-reality means 'like reality' or 'appearing as of real', thus why I used it. Blade was a vampire movie, and accepted as such. Elektra and daredevil tanked, as did Ghost Rider. Spiderman had a scientific rational. Genetic super-spider infects Parker with mutated genome. Ok, I can buy that. Hulk is the product of powerful mutating rays or an elixir. ok, not as good an explanation, but nothing supernatural. unlikely? Hell yes. Same with X-men. Walking through walls, chamaleon-like abilities and flying have some reality in science. 28 days later made the vamp-zombie believable. Ironman shouldn't start chucking in mythological characters and supernatural bullsh*t as it HAS ALREADY ESTABLISHED A SEMI REALISTIC TONE. Caps intended. get it?
minkowski writes:
on November 25th, 2008 at 10:39:45 PM

"And quasi-reality? Reality is like pregnant, it either is or isn't." LOL. Nonsense. Ever hear of quantum mechanics? Vitual reality? Real but not real. you strike me as someone that doesn't do a fair amount of reading. Quasi defintion: "having some resemblance usually by possession of certain attributes". There, an apt description of the Dark Knight and Ironman, two comic book films that have attempted to establish a realistic tone without the fantastical bullsh*t.
Sinestro writes:
on November 25th, 2008 at 10:41:24 PM

Wikipedia, Iron man "Stark can control the layer of the armor underneath his skin and make it emerge from numerous exit points around his limbs as a gold-colored neural interface under-sheath. While in this form, Stark has technopathic control of the armor and can suit up at any time, calling the larger components to him. Furthermore, the Extremis process has increased his body's recuperative and healing abilities. He is also able to connect remotely to external communications systems such as satellites, cellular phones, and computers throughout the world." Iron Man was given superpowers, too. It happens. When Millar started the Ultimates Thor wasn't a God, he was just a hippie with powers. Think a jollier version of an X-man.
minkowski writes:
on November 25th, 2008 at 10:44:36 PM

You're referring to wikipedia, adn wiki is regurgitating what is/was in the COMICS. You'll notice that shoit was left OUT OF THE MOVIE. Why, you ask? Because likely has set an admirable trend. The realistic superhero, and Marvel wanted on their own, thus Ironman. I'm sure somewhere wiki mention Stark fighting zombie Nazis or Martians, just because that was in a comic book, but none of the nonsense needs to end up in a movie with a quasi-realistic environment.
Sinestro writes:
on November 25th, 2008 at 10:46:17 PM

And, please excuse my ignorance, but I don't see the correlation between quantum mechanics and the tone of a movie. Iron Man isn't any more realistic than the Hulk, the first poster pointed it out. You just want to polish Downey's knob and talk down to us "nerds" because it makes you feel a bit bigger inside. But the fact is that none of the Marvel movies have been based in a world so "very realistic" that Thor couldn't exist in. The character can and has been portrayed in many different ways.
minkowski writes:
on November 25th, 2008 at 10:46:39 PM

You're referring to wikipedia, and wiki is regurgitating what is/was in the COMICS. You'll notice that sh*t was left OUT OF THE MOVIE. Why, you ask? Because Nolan likely has set an admirable trend. The realistic superhero, and Marvel wanted on their own, thus Ironman. I'm sure somewhere wiki mention Stark fighting zombie Nazis or Martians, just because that was in a comic book, but none of the nonsense needs to end up in a movie with a quasi-realistic environment. Where did Thor get hos powers? Does he dress like Thor? Like the character from Adventures in Babysitting instead? See, if they redo his character, sure he might work, but then why name him Thor if he has no connection to the Norse god? You could call him Superdave instead and noone would notice or care.
Sinestro writes:
on November 25th, 2008 at 10:48:23 PM

But comic book nonsense has ended up in the movie. Iron man's advance armor, just like Batman's malleable cape are comic book nonsense. The cape is, in theory, possible. The armor, it's not even close to anything being worked on. For such a smart guy, you seem to ignore the more obvious facts.
minkowski writes:
on November 25th, 2008 at 10:49:54 PM

I don't care for Downey, but when a person is spot on, he or she is spot on. in short dude: Ironman is a quasi-realistic movie. The introduction of a character named thor with attributes and and an origin tied to Norse mythology is just STUPID. So you redo his character, like YOU suggest, making him realistic. Then why name him Thor? Just doesn't work. And you said 'reality is like being pregnant, either you are or you aren't", right? Well quantum mechanics and Vm aren't firmly one or th either.
minkowski writes:
on November 25th, 2008 at 10:52:03 PM

"The armor, it's not even close to anything being worked on." Ever heard of smart materials? Metamaterials? super-alloys? Sure, it's possible. Ironman weathered bombs and guns, not photon torpedoes. His suit isn't all that fantastic, just HIGHLY improbable. The most unlikely thing is carying the fuel to boost him so fast and so far, not the armor.
Sinestro writes:
on November 25th, 2008 at 10:54:13 PM

Like I said, Thor was portrayed as a lunatic who though himself a God. But even if he were, the Hulk/Iron Man world has room for Thor. The moment an audience can accept a green giant man, they can accept a man who can control thunder. If you were to throw Thor into Batman, who as of right now has only dealt with mere mortal men, then you'd have a problem. Iron Man's armor itself, and the surgeries he performed on himself defy our reality. The Hulk shatters it completely, and leaves the door open for the Thunder God.
minkowski writes:
on November 25th, 2008 at 10:54:19 PM

there was even a Tv show on A&E about batman's tech and how likely it is. Armor is just armor.
minkowski writes:
on November 25th, 2008 at 10:56:47 PM

"Iron Man's armor itself, and the surgeries he performed on himself defy our reality." There's nothing 'magical' about his armor dude, stop saying that. And even playing around with his ticker isn't that fanastical. The heart is but a pump. they are replaced routinely. Advanced tech is magic to the ignorant. He didn't perform surgery on himself, just replaced the power ring for his mechanical heart.
Sinestro writes:
on November 25th, 2008 at 11:01:57 PM

You saw the Batman special. You saw how the cape could be possible in two decades, you saw how the approximate of his grappling hook was something bulky and very very slow. Most of his gadgets were possible in theory. And Bruce's suit does not fly! Tony's armor does a whole lot more than mere flight. Yes, a lot of those materials are in their experimental state, but humans were experimenting with space travel for a very long time before it was removed from science fiction and fantasy. I said what I have to say, I don't want to change a mind that made up. But, Marvel movies are not so realistic Thor can't fit in. They simply are not.
i3u7n5 writes:
on November 25th, 2008 at 11:25:41 PM

Guys..it's just a movie.
Johnny Neat writes:
on November 26th, 2008 at 9:11:21 AM

@i3u7n5 - I'm starting to agree... but it does need to be made right. Step one make sure all appropriate actors return. That means Norton must return.

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