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Joss Whedon Says Without Robert Downey Jr., He Won't Make 'The Avengers 2'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist June 5, 2013 at 4:36PM

It was about a month ago when something a little bit ugly came out from behind the smiling, mega-successful Marvel -- their talent wasn't quite happy. Specifically, the talent they need for "The Avengers 2" was beginning to bite. With Robert Downey Jr.'s contract up for Marvel, and news that he bagged a cool $50 million from "The Avengers" thanks to a nice little back-end arrangement, the cast members on the superhero sequel have begun to ask for more than the peanuts Marvel usually shells out. What's more, RDJ is supporting his colleagues in getting what's owed to them. And while Kevin Feige has suggested other actors could carry the Iron Man torch, Whedon is not convinced.
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Joss Whedon, The Avengers

It was about a month ago when something a little bit ugly came out from behind the smiling, mega-successful Marvel -- their talent wasn't quite happy. Specifically, the talent they would need for "The Avengers 2" was beginning to bite. With Robert Downey Jr.'s contract up for Marvel, and news that he bagged a cool $50 million from "The Avengers" thanks to a nice little back-end arrangement, the cast members on the superhero sequel have begun to ask for more than the peanuts Marvel usually shells out. What's more, RDJ is supporting his colleagues in getting what's owed to them. And while Kevin Feige has suggested other actors could carry the Iron Man torch, Whedon is not convinced.

"He is Iron Man," Whedon told The Daily Beast. "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." 

You know what? We think everything will be fine too, for the simple fact that no one is going to want to see "The Avengers 2" without Iron Man/Tony Stark or with someone like, I dunno, Paul Walker subbing in there instead. But perhaps the real question we should start asking is what heroines could Whedon be working in, because he clearly wants more female representation on the comic scene.

"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," Whedon said. "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."

Well, The Scarlet Witch is already confirmed to be in the script for "The Avengers 2" (though Bryan Singer also using the character for "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" could be a problem), and perhaps Whedon will rework The Wasp into the movie, whom he had in early drafts of "The Avengers" before she was replaced by Black Widow.

Anyone in particular that you want to see Whedon bring in the from the comics who isn't a dude? Let us know below. "The Avengers 2" still has a long way to go, and isn't slated to hit theaters until May 1, 2015. [via The Wrap]

This article is related to: Joss Whedon, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Robert Downey Jr.


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