It’s during these times, where we raise our fists above our heads, channel our inner Darth Vader, and scream a very disturbing “NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” into the air…
Robert Downey Jr., that glorious and classy thespian who’s synonymous with drunken, armored romps on the big screen, has abandoned The Avengers 2 and the role of Tony Stark. Although we still haven’t heard the official word on the matter, I have no doubt this was initiated by money talk. We’ve known for some time that Marvel is tight with their purse, axing Terrence Howard after the actor refused to accept a decrease in salary. Since Downey Jr. already commands such a high paycheck ($50 million for The Avengers to be exact), and he had just reached the end of his initial contract following the completion of Iron Man 3, he may have wanted too much money.
If that wasn’t difficult enough to sink in, it looks like the name of their replacement was leaked. But again, nothing’s been 100% confirmed yet (even though I think this Tweet counts as 100% confirmed), as I’m sure exec. Kevin Feige and crew are hammering out an extensive contract to ensure another Downey Jr. style fiasco doesn’t happen again, but it looks like Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm will be the new billionaire/playboy/philanthropist.
Pardon me diehard fanboys… but this choice isn’t actually THAT bad, but Hamm doesn’t possess the necessary mixture of playful sass and silver fox charm that made Downey such a catch.
Here’s the official tweet from Marvel, which only delivers a minimum amount of information, but you may want to see it.
What do you guys think?
Update: April Fools