While X-Men and X-Men: United showed us that it was possible to make a film with multiple superheroes, X-Men: The Last Stand reminded us that it was extremely difficult to do. Marvel has had so much success with their single-hero films that they must be getting anxious with the production of The Avengers approaching.
With so many characters, the odds of watching the film drown in its own glory can become very likely.
Robert Downey Jr. Talks Avengers
If Marvel isn't worried, Robert Downey Jr. sure is. While talking with MTV, the actor admitted that the movie could be great or just suck big time.
“If we don’t get it right it’s really, really going to suck,” said Downey. “It has to be the crowning blow of Marvel’s best and brightest because it’s the hardest thing to get right. It’s tough to spin all the plates for one of these characters.”
Why so hard? Because Downey understands what it means to have too many chiefs and not enough indians. Well, that and finding the proper boundary of realism.
“I think its important that I do what I’m supposed to do which is keep my side of the street clean,” said Downey. “The danger you run with colliding all these worlds is [director] Jon [Favreau] was very certain that ‘Iron Man’ should be set in a very realistic world. Nothing that happened in ‘Iron Man’ is really outside the realm of possibility. Once you start talking about Valhalla and supersized super soldiers and jolly green giants it warrants much further discussion.”
Check out the entire interview with Robert Downey Jr. on The Avengershere.