‘Iron Man 2’ Screenwriter Justin Theroux Says Marvel Really Love Their Characters; Wasn’t Sure That ‘The Avengers’ Was Going To Work

While Iron Man 2 is considered the weakest of Marvel Studios releases, it was still a hit both critically and financially for the studio. However, it’s undeniable that the film was a bit overloaded with characters and set-up for The Avengers and that’s a complaint that screenwriter Justin Theroux definitely agrees with. In a recent interview with Bad Taste, the actor & screenwriter commented on the divisive response that the sequel received.

You know, as happens very often, it is not easy to live up to expectations,” he said. “And after the first ‘Iron Man,’ those for the sequel were extremely high. [You] go to see [the film] with a wealth of expectations…and the film had a release date even before we started working on it so we had to work fast. And I will not complain about anything or anyone, mind you…It was a team effort and I really love people like [Iron Man 2 director] Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. We tried to please the fans and to give shape to something spectacular…But sometimes things end up not going in the right direction, although there are parts of the movie that I’m really proud [of].

Theroux then went on to praise Marvel Studios and their love for their characters and how the studio isn’t just “trying to throw something out”. However, initially the screenwriter had some doubts about The Avengers was going to work on screen, to which he is glad that he was proven wrong about. 

What I like about Kevin Feige and Jeremy Latcham and all the guys at the studio, is that they really love these characters. They’re not just trying to throw something out. I remember at that time talking about The Avengers with Kevin. I remember that I told him “I don’t know if this is going to work, having Iron Man and all these characters together” but then he ended up doing something really special. They love these superheroes and they protect them. For the business side of it, the struggle for the merchandise or the battle between Marvel Studios and Marvel Entertainment, I didn’t pay attention. As for the present i know that they want every product to be good.

To be honest, Theroux wasn’t alone as I’m sure a lot of Hollywood weren’t quite sure this one was going to work. Let us know your thoughts on Theroux’s comments in the section below. 

Source: Bad Taste (via CB)

Shawn Madden

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