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Joss Whedon: 'No Intention' Of Making 'Avengers' Without Robert Downey

While fans of Robert Downey Jr. have been wondering whether he will return for the next 'Avengers', director Joss Whedon says he doesn't see a sequel without the 'Iron Man'.

"He is Iron Man," says Whedon. "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."

"But I know that this is Hollywood and you roll with things," he says at least allowing for the possibility. "You have to be ready for the unexpected. But I loved working with Robert, and everybody knows he embodied that role in a way no one else can."

"The day he was cast, I went up to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and said, 'You brilliant son of a bitch.'"

Salary negotiations between Robert Downey Jr. and Marvel are ongoing since his 'Iron Man' deal is now up. He was paid a whopping $50 film for the first 'Avengers' for being integral to the film.

'The Avengers 2' has a release date of May 1, 2015.

June 7, 2013 |

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