Robert Downey Jr. Explains Iron Man's Evolution Up To THE AVENGERS And More!

The actor behind Marvel's Armored Avenger, Robert Downey Jr. discusses the evolution of Tony Stark to The Avengers, as well how he'd react to the otherworldly events in the film!

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 12/23/2011


The latest issue of FilmInk magazine has once again offered up word or two from one of the stars of Marvel's The Avengers movie. The actor behind the Armored Avenger Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. discusses the evolution of his character from two solo films up to the big superhero ensemble. And also revealing a nickname for a fellow Avenger, read on below!

"In Iron Man, which was an origin story, he was his own epiphany and redemption of sorts," Downey offers. "Iron Man 2 is all about not being an island, and dealing with legacy issues and making space for others. There, he was a military machine. In The Avengers, he's throwing it down with the others," Downey Jr. assures.

On facing Chris Hemsworth's Thor, Downey Jr. sums it up saying, "It's other-dimensional, and so that's the way that Tony think of this Loki-intergalactic-planetary-Beastie-Boys-son reality that happens in The Avengers. As an engineer and scientist who explores all possibilities, I don't see why he would say, 'That's not possible.'"

Tony Stark's jokey approach is to concoct nicknames for his new cohorts. "Like, he'll call Steve Rogers 'Capsicle' because he was frozen." After being asked does he have a personal nickname for himself, Downey quips, "Number one of the Call sheet".



Marvel's The Avengers is the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner with Samuel L. Jackson and Tom Hiddleston, directed by Joss Whedon, Marvel's The Avengers will be released May 4, 2012.


Source: FilmInk
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HULK2099 - 12/23/2011, 9:40 AM
It better not focus on iron man!
HellsHammer - 12/23/2011, 9:43 AM
WAIT! He forgot to 'Praise Joss Whedon!!
Shaman - 12/23/2011, 9:43 AM
Capsicle FTW!!!
Shaman - 12/23/2011, 9:44 AM
sKeemAn- Apeshit LOL
HelaGood - 12/23/2011, 9:44 AM
i got your Capsicle right here, pal!
tweeeeenkies3 - 12/23/2011, 9:45 AM
I hope this does not mainly focus on Iron Man as well...
He is not that great.

The nicknames are clever though.

Robert Downey Jr. is the perfect Iron Man though.

I wanna see his true drunken nature that happened in the comics.
We have not seen that yet.
MIIIK - 12/23/2011, 9:46 AM
@NOMIS: Because it has nothing to do with magic in the MCU. It's supposed to all be presented in a legitimate manner.
superotherside - 12/23/2011, 9:51 AM
Scoop this is young Tony in WW2! This is why he thought of him as Capsicle because he gave him a Popsicle when he was young.



j/k btw guys

:P
Spidey91 - 12/23/2011, 9:52 AM
@Griffy
Supes17 - 12/23/2011, 9:52 AM
This is Iron Man 3, right? :p jk jk
TheRealEnrico - 12/23/2011, 10:03 AM
I don't and want like the fact that Starks just being fine with "other-dimensional". It weirds Tony out in the comics. Tony suppose to be a master of his world's science and when "other-dimensional" people throw a wrench into it. Tony has a hard time wrapping his head around it.

I just thinks it takes more depth out of the characters and movie. I want good story telling not a bunch of explosions.
Lilvic92 - 12/23/2011, 10:05 AM
Where would the Nolan-Batman trilogy be without Heath Ledger??? Oh that's right, NOWHERE!!!
HellsHammer - 12/23/2011, 10:09 AM
@Lilvic92
bahahahaha! that was the best joke I heard all day hahahaha, cough cough. Oh wait your serious?
Shaman - 12/23/2011, 10:13 AM
HellsHammer- Livic's as right as Illwill is, actually.
sarahsatire - 12/23/2011, 10:14 AM
I'm pretty sure I love every actor choice in The Avengers.

Let me think...

Yep. I do.
6of13 - 12/23/2011, 10:18 AM
Thor = Sparky
suzuranMan77 - 12/23/2011, 10:22 AM
@Lilvic92 LOL
Supes17 - 12/23/2011, 10:25 AM
Ironically, Ledger was the one fanboys bitched about the most when he was first cast.
MakioGrant - 12/23/2011, 10:28 AM
Ironman 3 : Tony Stark joking about the Avengers.
MoonDoggyX - 12/23/2011, 10:37 AM
I have to admit, Iron man has me more excited about avengers than anything else! Hulk a close 2nd. Hawkeye is a close 3nd. Too bad Renner makes it sound like we won't get a lot of Hawkeye in the movie. Like most people, I have wanted to see an Avengers movie as long as i could remember, but I haven't heard too much about it aside from it being an Avengers movie to get me excited.

Thor - The movie was ok, nothing to get excited about...
Cap - The movie was ok, nothing to get excited about...
Loki - Was in Thor already, didn't do anything impressive...
Cosmic Cube - McGuffin already used in Cap...

All have to say is that this mystery villain/army had better bring it!
Shaman - 12/23/2011, 10:38 AM
Trudy- Touché, on both accounts ;)

RDJ- "Back in my day we ate overdoses for breakfast, right before walking a thousand miles to school... BAREFOOT... with our own desks on our backs."
Cookiedodger - 12/23/2011, 10:52 AM
RDJ owed 'Iron-Man'. It was inspired casting because He was a selfish playboy just like Stark. Look at his life up till he got the role, He was a party animal and his career was kind of in the dumps. 'Iron-Man' put him back on top.
That was the problem with 'Iron-Man 2', RDJ started believing his own press. No one congratulates him more than himself. His ego is too big now and it might over power the 'Avengers'
Shaman - 12/23/2011, 11:07 AM
Cookiedodger- Except "The Soloist" & "Chaplin" make half your argument invalid. Yes he owes his new found success to Ironman, no he didn't merely start believing his own press. He was praised for The Soloist and acclaimed for Chaplin. And rightfully so. He's also being adored for BOTH his Sherlock movies btw. Not to mention his hillarious part ion Tropic Thunder. One could say he actually stole everyone's thunder on set, regardless how easy that actually was. Whether he's a "party animal" or not, the man has skills you couldn't take away from him to save your life.
TheMyth - 12/23/2011, 11:35 AM
I just did a search on IllWill personal info. I found a picture of him in a Tijuana Donkey Show. For the finale he eats a large plate of smegma with hot sauce.
Shaman - 12/23/2011, 11:46 AM
EsseXFactor- Actually that was me. But i think they spiked my drink that night or something...
evyllsummer - 12/23/2011, 12:01 PM
The way that RDJ is talking, I'm beginning to think that Avengers may just end up being Iron Man 2.5. Iron Man and Friends is NOT going to get it done for me. If that's the case, I'll watch it once, then wait for Thor 2 and Cap 2...
TheDpool - 12/23/2011, 12:04 PM
It wont be an Iron Man movie look how much you saw of him in the trailer......... (Wink)
PeterDarker121 - 12/23/2011, 12:33 PM
@Hellbound lol No HE DI'ITT just riff The Avengers with the BEASTIES...Sorry friends, I'm a life long DIE-HARD Beastie-Head, and this quote to me is PRICELESS. Ad Rock, Mike D and MCA will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year (deservedly, if not for 'Paul's Boutique' ALONE). I can only hope that The Avengers will be the PsychadelaKirbyCrackle Pop Culture-fest I'm hoping for.

WOW. I grew up knowing there were 3 camps:
1) MARVELheads
2) DCheads
3) ComicBookHEADS

We're ALL ComicBookHEADS, but there are many that are DIEHARD for one or the other. Like Elvis and the Beatles, you can like them both, but at SOME point, you have to say who was/is cooler. For ME, It's MARVEL, though I NEVER hated DC. They, for me, were, and always will be, the 'Distinguished Competition. The art and story structure never did it for me...

NOW the age of the Comic Book Movie is on us like a Bane's Knee on a WaynesBack and it hasn't changed...for ME, anyway. From the 'WARD' in TDKR to the 'Hot Sauce' of The Avengers, I'm trippin' ALREADY for the melange of mental eye-candy next years' CBfilms promise.

While I'm thinking of it, How bout changin the name of this site to 'Comic Book FILM'?

Make Mine MARVEL...but I LOVE the others too...
MarkV - 12/23/2011, 1:17 PM
Please don't suck, please don't suck, please don't suck.

C'mon Joss, we need a miracle!
DioFoRio - 12/23/2011, 1:26 PM
Intruder@ lol
PeterDarker121 - 12/23/2011, 1:53 PM
CapSicle is old now...ALREADY. THIS IS why I HATE the age of artists talking so much about upcoming movies. By the time I see it on the screen, it will have been a 6-month old joke already...
StrangerX - 12/23/2011, 1:56 PM
Yea I can def see the Big 3 playing out like the beastie boys. Especially since they keep saying it's like a bunch of rock stars getting together. As for Iron Man creating what is the Avengers movement today that is correct.
PeterDarker121 - 12/23/2011, 2:01 PM
@itbegins2005 Yes, it Will, but 'yes' to yer other points as well.
PeterDarker121 - 12/23/2011, 2:04 PM
Stark or The Hulk (more appropriately) will call THOR "Goldilocks" (A bookend to Laufey's crack on Odinson in the first 'Thor')...to get my man hyped up towards the end
StrangerX - 12/23/2011, 3:37 PM
I'm from Boston but Cap's from Brooklyn
http://youtu.be/XtztvaGN92A
SageMode - 12/23/2011, 5:14 PM
@IllWill:
Where would the entire DC Universe be without Batman period? Lmao.
EastcoastAvenger - 12/23/2011, 5:25 PM
It would be nice if after the Avengers movie is done and over with team Marvel regroups and does another daring, yet inspired, casting for a Marvel hero independent from Avengers (at first). Casting MDJ for Tony Stark was terrific. Norton as Banner was really good too. Casting for Thor and Cap'n A was alright. They both did good in their respective roles. Although I think they might have needed a bigger celebrity for Caps. I cant see this Captain America leading RDJ's Iron Man in anything. We'll see.
thalidomide - 12/23/2011, 7:52 PM
@0SageMode0: I second to that :)
Cyclops84 - 12/24/2011, 2:26 AM
I have to say, when I saw the pics of cap's avenger costume in the display case, I was really excited about it because it's honestly been one of the closest translations from the comics to the big screen.

Then after they showed the set pics of cap looking like tiny Steve Rogers in the suit, I was really bummed out. But that pic used for this article of cap standing next to Stark actually gives me a lot of hope for the movie. He actually looks like CAP and not some twig in a cap suit.
marvel72 - 12/24/2011, 3:44 AM
the big three will get the most screen time i.e iron man,captain america & thor.

they're the real trinity.

The overdose that killed Ledger was probably not even enough to give Downey a buzz back in the day.

RDJ = Badass. - intruder

that is one of the greatest comments i've ever read.

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