Empire Online recently released an extensive interview with Robert Downey Jr. about the upcoming Avengers Age of Ultron and his future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The whole thing is really interesting, but some of the most interesting bits are about the exciting dynamic that’s sure to evolve in Captain America Civil War between Captain Rogers and Iron Man.
Downey Jr. is clearly psyched to be playing a big part in Captain America 3; “I’m crazy about Evans. I really am. I don’t know why or how to explain this particular kinship we have. By the way, he hasn’t called me in six months. Honestly, in order for this whole thing to have worked, I did my part, Hemsworth knocked it out of the stadium and then it fell on Cap. That was the riskiest. It was the one that had the highest degree of difficulty in making it translate to a modern audience. It was the Russos and Chris who, I think, really hit the line drive and won the series. I remember glancing through it going, “Wow, that’s a different way to go”. They said, “If we have you, we can do this or Cap 3 has to be something else”. It’s nice to feel needed.”
He’s also clearly invested in success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole and is happy to contribute. “At this point it ceases about being about announcements of contracts and deal points and Forbes and all that. And to see Chadwick being announced for Black Panther, I go, ‘Wow, man, Marvel is making all the right moves and they’re not doing it because it’s PC, they’re doing it because it’s exciting’. So why would I be the one to go, ‘I’m not going on the road. I don’t get along with the keyboardist’. Who cares? Who cares? And look, I also recognise that I’ll be turning 50 by the time I promote this movie. The clock is ticking down on the amount of memories and participation that I would allow myself and not embarrass the medium with. And when they pitched it to me and when I had a couple of ideas and when they said we like those ideas, let’s do those. Then there’s all this competition too. I don’t do this because I look at it as a competition, but I look at the marketplace and go, ‘Maybe if these two franchises teamed up and I can take even a lesser position in support, with people I like and directors I respect, maybe we can keep things bumping along here a little longer than they might have’.”
Downey Jr. also says that he doesn’t see Iron Man as Captain America 3’s main antagonist, but he does keep bringing up the deconstructive aspect of the Civil War storyline, wherein it’s interesting to think about how the government would really react to and deal with superpowered beings having throwdowns all over the place. And what circumstances would cause Captain America and Iron Man to become adversaries.
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