Everyone wants to see a female-led Marvel Studios movie at this point. Despite the fact that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige isn’t ready to fully commit to the idea, the demand is at an all-time high. Though some fans would like to see Captain Marvel make a jump to the big screen (us included!), many are still clamoring for a solo Black Widow film, especially given how much adoration there is for the character following Iron Man 2, The Avengers, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Now, the golden child of Marvel Studios, Robert Downey Jr., is putting his support behind the idea of a Black Widow adventure, as well as spin-offs for the rest of The Avengers. Speaking with USA Today‘s Entertain This, Downey spoke about the evolving nature of the female characters in the MCU but also said he thinks an established character should be the first female led film.
“Doesn’t Scarlett deserve a break?” Downey replied with a laugh when asked about a solo Black Widow film. “Look, I think that the interesting thing particularly after ‘Guardians’ with Zoe (Saldana), (or) even from the first Iron Man where Pepper was kind of this really – to me the Iron Man franchise would never have taken off without (Gwyneth) Paltrow. There’s something about her that grounded the story. She’s not your typical lady in a superhero movie, and then by Iron Man 3 she’s swallowing serums and putting on suits and kicking (butt) and all that stuff.
“It would be kind of more appropriate for a character that already was like a Black Widow (to lead a movie). It just seems like whatever Scarlett does people want to go see it…The funny thing is honestly at this point everyone deserves a franchise. I think Jeremy Renner is – when folks see the Avengers: Age of Ultron he’s just a rockstar, a badass. And Ruffalo is pumped. He does great (work). I’d like to hear them talk even more seriously about a Hulk franchise, because that’s been one of the toughest ones to get right. But I’m sure that my parent company is feeling expansive and and bold after the summer they’ve had.”
Marvel Studios currently has seven untitled films set for release through 2019, and surely when Iron Man himself thinks there should be a Black Widow film, the powers that be will listen.
Scarlett Johansson can next be seen as Black Widow in Avengers: Age of Ultron, where she will also be joined by a new female character, Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch.
While Robert Downey Jr. has yet to officially say if he will return for an Iron Man 4 movie, he has no problem sharing his thoughts on Marvel’s other franchises and potential franchises. When asked by USA Today about why it’s taking so long for a standalone Black Widow movie, Downey Jr. quipped, “Doesn’t Scarlett deserve a break?”
Downey Jr. then went on to rave about all the major female characters in Marvel Studios movies. Downey Jr. said, “I think that the interesting thing particularly after Guardians with Zoe (Saldana), (or) even from the first Iron Man where Pepper was kind of this really – to me the Iron Manfranchise would never have taken off without (Gwyneth) Paltrow. There’s something about her that grounded the story. She’s not your typical lady in a superhero movie, and then by Iron Man 3she’s swallowing serums and putting on suits and kicking (butt) and all that stuff.”
In the end though, Downey Jr. conceded that it would probably be most appropriate for a character already established like the Black Widow to lead a movie, noting that people seem to like to go see whatever Scarlett does.
Downey Jr. didn’t stop with just Black Widow though, he added, “The funny thing is honestly at this point everyone deserves a franchise. I think Jeremy Renner is — when folks see theAvengers: Age of Ultron he’s just a rockstar, a bada–. And Ruffalo is pumped. He does great (work). I’d like to hear them talk even more seriously about a Hulk franchise, because that’s been one of the toughest ones to get right. But I’m sure that my parent company is feeling expansive and bold after the summer they’ve had.”
Of course, the noteworthy part beyond just Downey Jr. paying compliments to his co-stars is that he says he like to hear them “talk even more seriously” about a Hulk franchise, as in he’s confirming Marvel Studios is already talking about it.
I’ve added to the gallery HQ scans from Best Movie Italy magazine
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Total Film UK featured a glimpse for The Avengers.
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Thanks to Luciana we’ve got HQ scans from Empire magazine October issue featuring The Avengers 2 but also The Judge.
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Marvel Studios’ Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr., has named Guardians of the Galaxy as the best Marvel movie yet.
Downey made the proclamation in an interview with The Toronto Sun from the Toronto International Film Festival.
“Galaxy in some ways is the best Marvel movie ever,” Downey said. “And it’s odd for someone with — on occasion — an ego the size of mine to actually say that!”
Downey picks Guardians out of all the Marvel films – including the ones with him in them, likeThe Avengers and the Iron Man movies – because it was such an underdog.
“We’re talking about how the Iron Mans and the Thors and the Captain Americas and the Avengers movies have afforded Marvel the opportunity to essentially take what was a third-tier, minor, kind of upstart bit of potential from one of their comic books series and say: ‘Look!’”
Guardians of the Galaxy has made over $500 million at the worldwide box office, so it seems likely that Downey isn’t the only one who feels this way.
Officially out two posters. Second one comes directly from Robert himself as promised on twitter.
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Robert Downey Jr. was already a Hollywood veteran by the time he played Charlie Chaplin in 1992, but at the same time it could still be considered a breakthrough role for the quirky thesp.
And for that, the Iron Man star will always be thankful to Sir Richard Attenborough, the actor and filmmaker who directed Downey’s Oscar-nominated in the biopic Chaplin about the silent-film legend. Attenborough, who won two Oscars for directing and producingGandhi, died yesterday at 90.
“I’m so grateful I was able to visit Lord Attenborough recently, to deeply thank him for his contributions to cinema, his lasting impact on all who knew him, and his legacy of philanthropy, wit and kindness,” Downey said in a statement released Monday to E! News.
“I wouldn’t be who I am personally or professionally if not for Dickie, and I am equally indebted to Lady Sheila, who was and remains every bit his equal…”
Attenborough married English actress Sheila Sim, 92, in 1945 and she survives him. They had three children together.
Jane Seymour, who both worked with him and was married briefly to his son Michael Attenborough back in the 1970s, also paid tribute to her fellow Brit.
Attenborough was indeed a talent for the ages. His memorable roles later in life, usually sporting a snowy white beard, included prominent parts in Jurassic Park and Kenneth Branagh‘s Hamlet, and he played Kris Kringle in the 1994 remake of Miracle on 34th Street.