Joss Whedon Discusses Robert Downey Jr. And Thanos’ Role In ‘Avengers 2′

By Eddie Wright

In the April 23rd issue of GQ Robert Down Jr. expressed some doubt about his continuing on as Iron Man following “Iron Man 3” and the sequel to “Marvel’s The Avengers” (and like 500 more cameos). He said, “How many genre movies can I do? How many follow-ups to a successful follow-up are actually fun?”

Gwyneth Paltrow then claimed that she doesn’t think there will be an “Iron Man 4″ at all, saying “I think we’re done with Iron Man.” I’m sure what she meant was there won’t be an “Iron Man 4″ starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, but there will certainly be an “Iron Man 4.”

While speaking with Desde Hollywood, Joss Whedon shared his thoughts on the potential exit of Marvel Cinematic Universe centerpiece Downey Jr. He said:

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. I was like ’Now we are in a new phase.’ The way he embodies it… I love working with him. He is so perfect for it, Shane captures it so perfectly in this movie. I want him to play it forever. The great thing is that he has a flying metal suit. So it’s not like those Charles Bronson or Roger Moore movies where you’re like ’Dude, you can barely stand.’ He’s got some fight in him. At the same time, if Robert decides to hang it up, he has a perfectly good excuse.

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