Joss Whedon Talks Robert Downey Jr.’s Return and Thanos for THE AVENGERS 2

     April 29, 2013


Marvel: Phase Two hasn’t even started to hit theaters, but sometimes you just want to rush to desert.  While walking the red carpet at the Iron Man 3 premiere, writer-director Joss Whedon was asked a couple questions regarding The Avengers 2.  First up, since it sounds like Robert Downey Jr. is considering retirement from the Marvel Universe, some may be wondering if we’ll see Iron Man flying around in Whedon’s film.  Whedon responded, “I am not the guy who has to worry about him being replaced. He is Iron Man at this point. When I heard that he was cast I knew that something had just changed, and I usually don’t know stuff like that.”  It sounds fairly certain that Downey is on board for The Avengers 2, but beyond that, Whedon doesn’t know if the actor will continue with the series.

Hit the jump for more including what Whedon had to say about Thanos’ presence in Phase Two.

DesdeHollywood is misleading in their headline about “The Avengers 3” because as you’ll see in their video, the interviewer never asks about The Avengers 3.  He says, “The Avengers are very, very powerful.  Why should they be concerned about someone like Thanos?”  Whedon responded:

“Well, Thanos is more powerful. He is so powerful, he is not someone you can just trot out and punch him. Like he did in the comics, you want him to be threading through the universe and to save the big finale for the big finale. He is definitely a part of what I’ve got going on. The thing about the Avengers is that they are very powerful, but they’re not very stable. So, there will definitely be some people that will shake them up in the next installment.”

This statement seems to put to rest any dispute on whether or not Thanos is the big villain of Guardians of the Galaxy.  The main antagonist of that picture now looks to be The Collector, who will be played by Lee Pace.  I’m sure Thanos will still have a presence, and perhaps that presence is going to grow throughout Phase Two rather than simply dropping the character into Guardians so that the audience will go, “Oh, hey.  It’s that purple dude again.”


  • BlimpieBoy

    “Marvel: Phase Two hasn’t even started to hit theaters, but sometimes you just want to rush to desert.”
    They’re filming in the desert? Which desert? Let’s all rush there now! Oh, wait…. Incidentally Marvel Phase 2 HAS hit the theatres – just not in the US yet. Also the Desde Hollywood link currently links back to another Collider article. Apart from that great job.

    • Anonymous

      hahahaha love it man

  • Junior

    I’m so…so disapointed with Iron Man 3. The movie was perfect until the attack on Malibu, after that, it’s a big letdown´. *sad*

    • HP_Chee

      Yeah…But it’s going to make more money than Man Of Steel.

      • Croydon Baby!

        I thought it was great personally, the humour in particular – something you really don’t get from any of the promo material I’ve seen. It’s not perfect but it’s miles better than 2 and I enjoyed it every bit as much as The Avengers. Give Black another film quick!

      • Guy Smiley

        First, unless you own stock in Disney why do you care how much one movie makes over another? Second, if MoS is as good as some are saying, it might be THE movie of the summer. It’s looking like the Superman flick I’ve wanted since, oh, 1978 when I was a very small child.

        But I do think IM3 and MoS will be the top two movies of the year. Just hard to say which one will be #1.

  • Jesus

    Whedon’s comment of “So, there will definitely be some people that will shake them up in the next installment.” makes it sound like Thanos isn’t even the big baddie in Avengers 2, but maybe as far forward as Avengers 3. Or maybe he just means the first half of Avengers 2 will be a different villain with the curtain drawn back midway through to reveal Thanos for a big showdown finale? All seems very vague.

    • Robert B

      I still hope Thanos is the baddie in 2, bring Ultron if not used in Ant-man as baddie for 3… But again who else could be the main villain in Av2?

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  • Danny

    I am not sure if Avengers 2 will be the same without RDJ. I thought Thor and Capt. America were just generic lame movies and although Evans and Hemsworth did great in the acting department in Avengers the movies will loose without Downey. If he decides to leave Marvel it would be sad. I think he should at least do another Iron Man movie. Maybe one with the Hulk would be great, and Stark has already created a Hulkbuster in IM3. That could give it some new dimension and bring some interesting element to the story. Besides he and Ruffalo have great chemistry.

    • Guy Smiley

      RDJ will be in Avengers 2. That might be his last hurrah as Tony Stark, but he’ll be in that one. IIRC, he’s signed for six movies. That’s the three IM movies, his cameo in TIH, and two Avengers flicks.

      Also, there was nothing wrong with either Captain America or Thor. Neither was perfect, but they were good, fun movies. They were both a helluva lot better than the crappy Iron Man 2!

      And, I’m sorry, but it’s “lose.” Not “loose.”

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