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March 25 2014

Robert Downey Jr. on Avengers: Age of Ultron. He tells Variety, "This one is a very ambitious sequel. If you read it, it's dense, it's smart. Joss [Whedon] is a really smart guy."

So glad that Joss is getting the mainstream attention and appreciation that he deserves.
I love how people still feel the need to address Joss' smart-ness. To coin a popular Sunnydale phrase - "duh"! But it's cool, glad everyone is joining us in the sun....
I never get tired of hearing the biggest names in Hollywood call Joss "smart." Obviously we all knew that, but the rest of the world is finally understanding it too.
Yeah, you look at RDJ's early quotes on how they had to 'fix' the Avengers and you probably saw a guy who wasn't bowled over by some comic book guy with some sci-fi t.v. series under his belt taking over such a big property, and really RDJ's meal ticket. My guess is he was probably more worried about the Penn script, and once he saw Joss work his magic he came on board. Joss' skills helped make RDJ a huge oodle of cash so I can't imagine he's not anything short of happy with him.
Jeremy Renner is an important part of the plot this time apparently. That ought to make him (and me) happy.
Well Cap, knowing how well Joss knows the characters, I'd bet good money we might see a part of the film where the Avengers are whittled won to Hawkeye, Captain America, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. 'Cap's kooky quartet' as I believe they were called back in the day! That would really make me smile.

Not that I'm already not smiling at the RDJ quote. Given how super confident and sure of himself that Robert is, that's quite a compliment. And makes me very happy indeed!
This is mostly spec, but I always got the vibe that RDJ didn't tow the company line when Joss signed on for THE AVENGERS. Marvel had promised the superhero team up to Jon Favreau after the success of IM1, and rescinded the offer after uh, IM2. I always thought that RDJ had personal loyalty to Favreau (understandable because that's the director who really advocated for him to be cast in a career defining role) and approached AVENGERS and Joss with a slightly sceptical attitude.

So it's heartening to read that RDJ is all in for the sequel, and now gets why having faith in Joss is the way to live.
Joss? Smart? Undeniably so. In any room, he is always leading the 'smart side.' Unfortunately, Hollywood doesn't always run on brains. The more meaningful factor is...
I was just thinking the other day that Joss & RDJ seem to be on the same wavelength as far as dialogue - "Doest Mother know you weareth her drapes?" could've been written by Joss, but it was RDJ's contribution.

And Tony "Iron Man" Stark has the snark of a Whedon'verse character (And RDJ has such a matter-of-fact way of delivering that snark). It really is a match made in comic-geek heaven.
Awesome. This is the endorsement I was waiting for. Not that I don't respect or believe the others but RDJ's known for being critical. He's been pretty honest about when one of his projects was less than stellar (which I love about him). If he didn't like the script I can't imagine that he'd be so positive.
Joss kicks the most ass when he's being "ambitious." I have high hopes for this sequel. I think it'll surpass the original, and I really, REALLY loved the original.
Woot, Clint plot confirmed! *is pleased*

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