Joss Whedon Has ‘No Intention of Making ‘Avengers 2’ Without Robert Downey Jr.

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Loyalty can be hard thing to come by in Hollywood but Joss Whedon is pledging his towards Robert Downey Jr. saying he couldn’t imagine himself directing an “Avengers 2” without the actor.

In an interview with the Daily Beast plugging his recent pic “Much Ado About Nothing,” Whedon was asked about “Avengers 2” and the status of Robert Downey Jr., who has still not signed on for the sequel.

“He is Iron Man. He is Iron Man in the way that Sean Connery was James Bond, ” Whedon said. “I have no intention of making “Avengers 2″ without him, nor do I think I’ll be called upon to do that,” Whedon says. “I don’t think it’s in my interest, Marvel’s interest, or his interest, and I think everything will be fine. But I know that this is Hollywood and you roll with things. You have to be ready for the unexpected.”

As it was reported in early May, early discussions have begun between Marvel and the actor to return though sources say there is still no offer on the table. Many believe Downey will return but the actor has made it pretty clear his salary would either have to stay the same or see some kind of increase to return.

We’ll still have to wait and see what happens with Downey’s contract but it should help that the man behind the camera has already shown what side he is on.

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  1. Troberets says:

    No one would see the movie without Robert in it. He’s the whole movie. He’s what makes the movie tie together. If there was a new iron man, it would make the movie turn out horrible. It wouldn’t make sense and it would be absolutely stupid.

  2. Apmerf says:

    The Bond franchise isn’t exactly helping make his case since they’re on their 6th Bond…

  3. Joss Whedon may be sincere in his loyalty but the “threat” (if this it be called) is hollow. Marvel Entertainment and its distributor made well-over a billion dollars with THE AVENGERS; the sequel is not only inevitable but ordained. Joss is, of course, joshing…but should he not return for the follow-up as director, Whedon will be replaced and THE AVENGERS 2 will be produced. Loyalty is one thing, profits is something else.

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