Joss Whedon says The Avengers 2 won't happen without Robert Downey Jr.
I liked it when Robert Downey Jr. supposedly took the stance that without significant pay raises for his Avengers castmates, he wasn’t going to do the sequel. This isn’t quite like that, but Joss Whedon was talking with TheDailyBeast and took a stance on what Robert Downey Jr.’s involvement means to THE AVENGERS 2. “He is Iron Man in the way that Sean Connery was James Bond. I have no intention of making ‘Avengers 2’ without him, nor do I think I’ll be called upon to do that. I don’t think it’s in my interest, Marvel’s interest, or his interest, and I think everything will be fine.”
He’s right, but I don’t know if the Sean Connery James Bond reference was the best one to make since obviously the series continued and even grew more successful once Connery hung up the suit for good. But Joss Whedon is the voice of reason in the cast negotiations drama, clearly pointing out that Robert Downey Jr.’s involvement makes sense for every stakeholder. Marvel needs to continue the building of their mega empire, RDJ needs the exposure to keep doing the projects he actually wants to do (see Bruce Willis and the Die Hard franchise) and Joss Whedon needs him because an Avengers movie without RDJ doesn’t make much sense.
Joss Whedon also went on a little rant about the lack of female superheroes, saying “Toymakers will tell you they won’t sell enough, and movie people will point to the two terrible superheroine movies that were made and say, You see? It can’t be done. It’s stupid, and I’m hoping ‘The Hunger Games’ will lead to a paradigm shift.” Joss Whedon has always been a fan of strong, powerful women in movies, obviously starting with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but continuing on with all of his TV and movie work. Does this mean we’ll see another strong superheroine in THE AVENGERS 2? Hopefully. Remember that he originally wanted to have The Wasp in THE AVENGERS, but replaced her with Black Widow instead.