More Avengers 2 Than You Can Shake a Stick At
Joss, oh Joss…Mr. Whedon, we thank thee for the buffet of quoted text that we will be pouring over for the next two years as we await your sequel to be released.
You see, he gave a recent interview with Desde Hollywood…don’t worry I’ve never heard about them either, then again I’m sure 99% of the world’s population could say the same thing about WPR. Anyways, he was recorded saying the following specifically about whether Robert Downey Jr. will be reprising his role as Tony Stark in future Iron Man roles:
“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.”
That to me says what everyone else in the geek universe is reporting, that Robert Downey Jr. WILL be returning in a 4th Iron Man flick followed by the Avengers…THEN calling it quits, or then again, as long as the paychecks are rolling in, no harm no foul?
Now, onto the discussions that the Internet has been going absolutely bonkers about concerning the teasing of Thanos at the end of The Avengers and how there’s a potential that we will NOT be seeing him in the second installment of The Avengers. Again, Mr. Whedon’s words:
“Well, Thanos is more powerful. He is so powerful, he is not someone you can just trot out and punch him. Like he did in the comics, you want him to be threading through the universe and to save the big finale for the big finale. He is definitely a part of what I’ve got going on. The thing about the Avengers is that they are very powerful, but they’re not very stable. So, there will definitely be some people that will shake them up in the next installment.”
I personally take this to mean that there won’t be a big battle with Thanos himself until the end of the second film, but there are others that are using this as fodder for a possible third Avengers movie confirmation…but I’m not seeing that, they’d have to be planning ahead into 2018 or later and Hollywood and it’s stars don’t normally make such long-form plans.
Would I watch a third? You bet your ass I would, but I’m merely trying to be the voice of reason in an all too turbulent world of speculation and conjecture. Take a deep breath and be calm geeks, we’re all going to enjoy this ride.