There are no Avengers in "Guardians of the Galaxy." There is no Tony Stark. There is no Shellhead. And yet, that's not stopping Robert Downey Jr. from making a very bold claim: "Guardians of the Galaxy" is Marvel's best movie yet.
The four-time Iron Man actor (soon to make it five with next year's "Avengers: Age of Ultron") tells the Toronto Sun, "'Galaxy' in some ways is the best Marvel movie ever. … And it's odd for someone with — on occasion — an ego the size of mine to actually say that!"
Downey backs up his claim by saying Marvel turned a bunch of
a-holes low-level characters like Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon into the biggest stars of the summer, and perhaps the whole year, all without assistance from Iron Man, Hulk and the rest of Earth's mightiest heroes.
"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!' " Downey said. "It’s like you have a great quarterback, and his brother plays for another team, and then you say: 'Look, this is their second cousin and we think he has a great arm and he should start.' And then he goes and wins the Superbowl!”
More than anything, Downey's impressed by what the Disney-backed Marvel was able to accomplish with "Guardians," and what they're able to accomplish all of their other films.
"The armature and breadth of what Disney has done in their ability to put things to market is unprecedented," Downey said.
Downey returns as Iron Man in next summer's "Avengers: Age of Ultron," in theaters May 1, 2015.