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Robert Downey, Jr. Talks About THE AVENGERS Movie & Offers What May Be The Funniest Movie-Related Quote This Year...

Published at: Nov. 25, 2008, 5:32 p.m. CST by merrick

Merrick here...
I'm on the way out the door at the moment, but wanted to share the following with you real quick like... In brief: Robert Downey, Jr. shared his thoughts on the upcoming AVENGERS movie with MTV. Choice quote:
“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.”
...says Downey in the MTV piece, which can be accessed HERE!

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  • Nov. 25, 2008, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Could be first, but don't care enough...

    by Sw0rdfish

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 5:34 p.m. CST

    why is that funny?

    by Ray Gamma

    eh?

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 5:39 p.m. CST

    That's hi-larious

    by MattInTheHat

    ...or not.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 5:39 p.m. CST

    That's not even meant to be funny. And it isn't.

    by NinjaRap

    It's just accurate.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Merrick, you forgot the humor part.

    by Silverglade

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Huh?

    by My Mom Is A Whore

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 5:46 p.m. CST

    AWESOME!!! THIS REVEALS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!

    by Roketopunch

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 5:47 p.m. CST

    ??

    by Cory849

    Do not see the funny. Agree with the sentiment though.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 5:47 p.m. CST

    yeah......

    by Stormshadow4life

    lame

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 5:48 p.m. CST

    7th and fishing for DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    by ALDEN

    I'm waiting for that moron DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD to finally say something clever

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 5:49 p.m. CST

    holy fuck... new star trek trailer !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by IndyAbbey Jones

    why am i wasting my time in this non star trek talkback?

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Not even cool news...

    by spud mcspud

    Just AIN'T IT FUCKIN' OBVIOUS news! Of COURSE it could suck if they don't make it very, very carefully... and get the right writer(s)... and director... and cast... etc etc etc...<P> But how fuckin' AWESOME will this be if they get it RIGHT?!?!?<P> Get Brina Michael Bendis on the phone STAT. His New Avengers stuff is the poo - take a biiiiiiig whiff!

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Careful Alden

    by Mel Gibsteinberg

    DGDB will be here soon enough, and when he arrives and sees what you have said...well...whooo...(I'm gonna need to sit down)<P>But the point is, well, this article sucks and I have no clue why Merrick would post it! Way to go Slaberknacker!

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Wakka Wakka Wakka!!

    by MilkyLicker

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Seriously though, he's absolute right.

    by MilkyLicker

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:07 p.m. CST

    What's the funny part?

    by -guyinthebackrow

    Did you forget to cut and paste the funny part?

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Spinning plates, as in...

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    Thor's chestplates. Spinn 'em right or it's really gonna suck!

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:08 p.m. CST

    It Will Also Fail

    by zooch

    If they fail to cast the right man to play Cap

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Spinning plates?

    by -guyinthebackrow

    Is spinning plates the funny part? I think we need Vern's take on this. Are spinning plates funny? And even if they are, is Downey Jr.'s quote even remotely funny?

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Explain your headline Merrick.

    by Sakurai

    Cause we are all at a loss.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:13 p.m. CST

    In other news

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    Robert Downey, Jr. says things about stuff.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Fair point...

    by Rogue Trooper

    ...by RD Jr but I'm missing the humour element too. Maybe the reporter asked for a double entendre. So he gave her one.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Huh?

    by ChickenDelicious

    Merrick appears to be diving into the his "special" batch of pumpkin pie a little early.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:16 p.m. CST

    "crowning blow?"

    by BauerJackBauer

    Is the "blow" what's meant to be funny?

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:16 p.m. CST

    If that was going for "funny"

    by Thrillho77

    The reporters would have thrown tomatoes at Robert Downey Jr.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:17 p.m. CST

    That was almost as funny as Joey Gladstone

    by Thrillho77

    CUT. IT. OUT!

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:17 p.m. CST

    I've laughed harder at Jeff Dunham

    by Thrillho77

    Ouch.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:18 p.m. CST

    I like how he says "if WE don't get it right..."

    by Argentino

    The guy is comitted. He's a big part of something huge that's just starting to happen and he knows it and loves it. And that's great news to me. I hope Ed Norton solves his differences with Marvel and joins the game

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Do we really need a Thor movie?

    by DoctahJonesDoll

    Seriously, do we need a 2 hour origin story that'll tank at the box office just to introduce the character for the upcoming Avengers flick? Just pass out Thor comics with every Avengers ticket and save the film for more kick-ass Iron Man type movies.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:18 p.m. CST

    It's funny because it's so matter-of-fact...

    by Greggers

    ...in comparison to the usual p.r. statements we usually get from people connected with these projects. It's amusing to hear somebody lay it on the table like that.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:19 p.m. CST

    You know what's funny?

    by Thrillho77

    1. when someone's pants fall down <p> 2. someone gets hit in the face with a pie. <p> 3. George Carlin <p> 4. curse words (also, see George Carlin) <p> 5. board-game-movie jokes

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:23 p.m. CST

    The Muppets - now THERE was funny

    by Thrillho77

    You...you don't know what from funny.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:25 p.m. CST

    FUCK DANNYGLOVERS DICKHEAD

    by I am the Terminator

    Fuck him in his stupid face. I'm so sick of seeing his name. Alden is right and Dickhead is not clever.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Greggers...

    by -guyinthebackrow

    He's talking with MTV not SIXTY MINUTES. You kinda expect a little irreverence. But, that is not even close to funny.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:31 p.m. CST

    It was the funniest thing on MTV that day, I'll bet!

    by Thrillho77

    Remember Yo Mamma!? <p> Neither do I!!!

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:33 p.m. CST

    I've never read Captain America but

    by MilkyLicker

    How about Aaron Eckhart? Would he make sense? He seems very American. And for the record, I think Danny Glovers Dickblood is hilarious.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:34 p.m. CST

    What is at stake for the Avengers?

    by zinc_chameleon

    Don't worry about Marvel, or money. How compelling a script can be written, and by whom? Superheros these days need believable Super-Villains; Heath Ledger changed the playing field with the Joker. Bond didn't have a scary enough villain, and I'm concerned that will happen here. The Avengers can't trust each other too much, either. They have to bond because the Super-Villain is so smart, and so twisted that nothing else will overcome him.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:35 p.m. CST

    And now I am going to smash a watermelon

    by MilkyLicker

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:36 p.m. CST

    It's a promising indication

    by kafka07

    It's good that there's a conscientious actor involved who really knows the situation. I mean, you wouldn't hear a line like that from the cast of Fantastic Four.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Not funny

    by ByTor

    Here's funny: <P> Q: What's brown and sticky? <P> A: A stick!

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Eh, on the face of it...

    by Greggers

    ..it's not that hard to see what Merrick was getting at. Does he really deserve this feeding frenzy? Is it healthy for everybody to be driving this into the ground? Shouldn't everybody be using this energy to, I don't know, plant a tree or help underprivileged children with their homework or something?

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:39 p.m. CST

    We're just having a little fun

    by Thrillho77

    Well, I am anyway.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:40 p.m. CST

    DoctahJonesDoll

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    don't be mean to Thor! It will work.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:40 p.m. CST

    About the believability of Thor

    by zinc_chameleon

    Go the Transformers route, and mix it up with A.A. Attanasio's quantum-physics-meets-Norse-mythology approach. Thor is a trans-dimensional being--a god in our terms--who is now trapped on Earth. He assumes the traditional shape of a Viking warrior for the same reason that Optimus Prime is a Peterbilt; it just fits.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Terminator Poster!

    by Wolfman57

    http://www.sonypictures.net/movies/terminatorsalvation/poster.html Oh, this in Avengers TB? My bad.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Is it a CHAPLIN reference?

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    Maybe Chaplin did some act where he spun plates on a stick in each hand? And Downey played Chaplin?

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6:59 p.m. CST

    More Thor!

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    They have his origin movie, gods and goblins, viking fun. Then Avengers, same actor as Thor, but shaved, more modern clothes, a bit like Ultimate Thor, no magic secret identity transformation, less hippie. People in the movie world will think he's just a superpowered guy with a mental problem believing he's the god of thunder. People in the real world wont be sure if he's supposed to be the same guy or just nuts, much like the people in the movie. Connection!

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 7 p.m. CST

    And that TERMINATOR poster blows diarrhea chunks.

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    Trying to get all artsy ala the later Dark Knight posters, but failing.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 7:02 p.m. CST

    HAHAHHAaahaahahahahhahwooooooo

    by CharyouTree

    aha-haa-hah-hah.... o wait thats my dick

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Thor movie

    by DoctahJonesDoll

    My question is if Marvel can't get a Hulk movie made with its built in Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde foundational plot line that will resonate with mainstream, non-comic-book-geek audiences (thanks Ang) how in the name of hell is a story about a Norse Thunder God fighting evil in modern America going to do anything but suck? Even if they go with the Ultimates version, 3rd tier characters haven't fared particularly well at the box office especially with the saturation of comic book movies in the last few years. It may not be "Ghost Rider" bad but if it isn't any better than "Daredevil" or "Fantastic Four" it may do more damage than good to the future Avengers movie.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Here's more funny:

    by MilkyLicker

    Q: What's brown and sticky? A: Danny_Glover's_Dickblood

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 7:08 p.m. CST

    DoctahJonesDoll

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    The Thor movie wont be about a Norse Thunder God Fighting in modern America. It will be a fantasy movie. Those CAN work...

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 7:13 p.m. CST

    And I thought my jokes were bad

    by pleasebanme

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 7:16 p.m. CST

    sounds more defeatest than humorous

    by BendersShinyAss

    It's only tough if you don't know what you're doing. It's merely tricky if you do.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Kenneth Branagh can save Thor

    by CharyouTree

    Henry V was the best sequel ever

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 7:25 p.m. CST

    What he's really saying...

    by Droid

    is that he doesn't think an Avengers flick can work.<p>And that Terminator poster is fucking terrible.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 7:37 p.m. CST

    I must be seriously missing something...

    by rassmguy

    ...because that wasn't remotely funny...and clearly wasn't even meant to be. What the heck?

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Duplicity trailer out on apple.com

    by Droid

    Tony Gilroy, Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti. Tom Wilkinson and... Julia Fucking Roberts. Way to kill a potentially good flick Gilroy. Check out the trailer. Theres a moment where Roberts looks like she's going to swallow Owens entire head. I shit you not, her mouth is that big. Why couldn't she just stay fucking retired?

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 7:52 p.m. CST

    I'm most excited about Thor actuallly...........................

    by crackerfarmboy

    Although he certainly makes the least sense as far as the "reality" element that the other 3 (IM, Cap, and Hulk) posses, he feels like a nice WTF touch IMHO. There's nothing wrong with something different.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Also a new trailer for...

    by YND

    ... HOTEL FOR DOGS! Best title ever! You know exactly what the movie's about!

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 8:07 p.m. CST

    So what downey said was "they need to make a movie good"

    by Damien Chowder

    Hmmm most intriguing. He may be onto something there.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Downey has good reason to owrry

    by Continentalop

    He is completely correct; there is so many ways to blow this, and it is quite easy to imagine Hollywood and Marvel mucking this up. They have to play everything just right, not just in the Avengers movies but also in the individual members’ movies. <p> As for Thor, I can see that working really well or being pretty lame (yeah, nice of me to go out on a limb there). But they could pull it off and make him work in an Avengers movie by making Thor everything that Superman isn’t nor can be - finally pull out that angry god angle they have been talking about for Supes. Thor IS an angry god. Just imagine a being with unearthly powers sent by his father in the sky to leave his land and come and protect outs, only to see that the lowly mortals he is protecting our been ungrateful and perhaps unworthy of his gifts. In fact you could probably twist all the Superman clichés in either an Avengers movie or in a Thor sequel. <p> Finally what is the word on an Ant-Man movie? As much as I admit it sounds stupid and he is one of the weakest characters in the Marvel Universe, I can actually seeing it work (especially if they use the Hank Pym version). I can also imagine him being in the Avengers movie alongside Wasp as a kind of comedy relief – kind of Nick and Nora Charles figures amongst all these serious superheroes.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 8:18 p.m. CST

    it's pretty obvious

    by watch_the_world_burn

    It's an "oh, der!" kind of comment - like saying "if I crash into that tree I reckon I'm going to damage my car". No shit, sherlock (ho! pun intended)

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 8:19 p.m. CST

    The only thing that could be better than a Thor movie

    by Xandar1977

    is a Thor movie co-starring Beta Ray Bill. Dude, Kenneth Branagh for the fucking win!

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 8:23 p.m. CST

    I'm waiting for the funny quote

    by cornponious

    I'm ready now. Lay it on me.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 8:24 p.m. CST

    to clarify

    by watch_the_world_burn

    It's the "really suck" comment that's meant to be funny. Not the funniest of the year (unless it's January 1st), but still kinda funny. The fact some of you need it explained to you is sad, I thought it was mainly Americans on this board - not French people.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Might Work

    by SanityKaos

    Sounds dumb at first but we had two great XMen movies and one okay one. If it's as good or better than the XMen than it should be fine!

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Would it be funnier...

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    If he said it "would really, really blow dead whales" instead of "really, really suck"?

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Fucking hilarious. Surely the jest of the season.

    by Uncle Stan

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Downey has a huge reason to worry....

    by TheWaqman

    ....I don't want his comeback tainted by this piece of shit Marvel fuckfest. Marvel Comics < Fox when it comes to handling their properties. Honestly what the fuck is next? Ant Man?....oh wait.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Are people upset about this movie already?

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    We havent seen a script, no director attached. We've seen 2 of the main characters portraid better than expected in their own movies. Plus Sam Jackson. There won't be too much origin to deal with, since that will be taken care of in other movies which all lead up to this one. We will get all kinds of different superhero powers, the effects and suits already developed and established for their own movies. Sounds good to me.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 9:27 p.m. CST

    It'll be good!

    by WaitingforAvengers

    It has to be...

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 9:27 p.m. CST

    It'll be good!

    by WaitingforAvengers

    It has to be...

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 9:34 p.m. CST

    The Marvel < Fox Comment

    by Shia LaBeoufs Uncle

    Is seriously the most idiotic thing I've read all week. Bravo.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 9:38 p.m. CST

    ALSO

    by Shia LaBeoufs Uncle

    People who hate The Incredible Hulk have terrible taste.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 9:41 p.m. CST

    merrick just went FULL RETARD

    by tvs_frank

    you never, never go full retard, man

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Downey's quote isn't funny, it's a hard truth

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    It's that simple.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 10:54 p.m. CST

    funniest movie quote:

    by BadMrWonka

    Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, responding to an assertion that Groundhog Day is cute because people like it: <p> "You are new, aren't you? You know, people like blood sausage. too. People are morons."

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 12:13 a.m. CST

    HAHAHA!!! SPINNING PLATES! ROFLCOPTER!

    by Galactic

    I'M FALLING ON MY LOLLERSKATES! *can't breathe, laughing too hard*

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Why ?

    by PTSDPete

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 1:01 a.m. CST

    This humor may be too high brow for me...

    by Johnno

    What Downey should've done was get back into his black man getup from Tropic Thunder, and go, "We can't afford to fuck Avengers up!!! Do you get where I'm coming from YOU JIVE MOTHERFUKAAAAAA???!!!"

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 1:15 a.m. CST

    Didn't Merrick also say that he liked Mummy 3 better than Indy 4

    by TallBoy66

    I'm pretty sure he's the one who said it. Don't trust this guy on anything ever in the history of everything. Period.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 1:20 a.m. CST

    TallBoy66

    by BadMrWonka

    I've never seen Mummy 3, but I like it way better than Indy 4...that is not a demerit for Merrick in my book, more like a plus.<p>I liked the hot burning taco diarrhea I had a couple days ago better than Indy 4...

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 1:34 a.m. CST

    I thought it was funnier

    by Rommel Catuncan

    when Downey called Pepper Potts "The madonna to my whores."

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 1:34 a.m. CST

    oh boy what a knee slapper

    by Prossor

    must be code for the gay porn pic they're doing with all the talk about being hard, blowing and sucking.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 1:56 a.m. CST

    He should be worried about the milquetoast

    by Dingbatty

    team they've chosen to create the Captain America flick.<p>Oh, and while it'll have to be Pym as Ant-Man to respect the history, the Eric O'Grady version would be a hoot, but I don't think they have the balls to go that route.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 2:12 a.m. CST

    Thor & Hulk is what will fuck this up...

    by exie

    ...the universe Favreau created is oddly grounded in realism. You feel like he could build the suit and the technology is real. When you get into Norse Gods and CGI green behemoth's who can't speak or legitimately fight crime, the whole thing gets fucked up. Their best best is to not include Thor or Hulk in the Avengers and go more with Iron Man, Captain America, Shield, maybe a Hawkeye type, etc. Once you put Hulk and Thor into the mix the street cred built by Iron Man goes out the fucking window. I'd buy Vision more than Hulk and Thor in this newly created film universe.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 2:26 a.m. CST

    Dingbatty

    by Continentalop

    While I think the character of Ant-Man would have to go through a drastic change for a movie adaptation, I would prefer a variation on the Pym or Lang versions. I have never been a fan of the Eric O'Grady version.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 2:37 a.m. CST

    so funny

    by JimCurry

    Merrick, your ideas of comedy make George Carlin look like fuckin that one guy who wasn't funny at all.. you know who i mean..

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 2:42 a.m. CST

    Continentalop

    by Dingbatty

    I kinda always liked the odd fit of the Pyms in the original Avengers. It lends to that bizarre 60's jet-age non-capes superscience colliding with the occult ambience of early Marvel.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 2:46 a.m. CST

    I have to agree with exie

    by cornponious

    Thor will NOT translate to modern times. I, for one, do NOT want to see Thor in any film, anywhere, ever. I can deal with hulk, since he's really an incarnation of what lies inside Banner, brought out through radiation. <p> Thor can't be realized on the big screen without loud outbursts of laughter following. Where does a norse god fit in to ANY kind of reality??

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 2:46 a.m. CST

    Hopefully they'd forget the Shooter induced

    by Dingbatty

    wife-beating moment of Hank Pym which has forever tainted the character.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 2:58 a.m. CST

    Thor works in the books though.

    by Dingbatty

    If they are going to attempt a unified live-action Marvel world, they shouldn't have painted themselves into a corner with the sorta-realism milieu in IM and Hulk. I never get why people say they are fans of these characters or of their particular print universe if they want them to be radically different or nearly unrecognizable on the big screen?

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 3:23 a.m. CST

    What's with the Danny calling out?

    by Lost Jarv

    have you fuckers got nothing better to do, than call for one poster to appear? <P>Weird.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 3:32 a.m. CST

    Don't worry. It will suck.

    by ricarleite

    But all of you will pay to see it.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 3:44 a.m. CST

    Who cares when AVATAR is fucking our eyeballs in 2009?

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    nobody

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 4:07 a.m. CST

    "Really, Really Suck" BWAHAHAAAAA

    by theycallmemrglass

    Really Really Funny. "get it right" Get it? Bwahaahaaa. So funny.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 4:08 a.m. CST

    thor'

    by chipps

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 4:08 a.m. CST

    ah fewey

    by chipps

    thor's gay

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 4:34 a.m. CST

    Why would I WANT my eyeballs sexually violated?

    by Xiphos_2

    Then I can't see and I like to see. The whole idea of eyeball fucking just sounds so damned unhygenic.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 4:44 a.m. CST

    Probably quoted in response to the shitty Nick Fury casting...

    by Monkey_King

    and the Nth hour replacing/booting/dicking over of Terrence Howard as Rhodey.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 5:36 a.m. CST

    Thor should be in the movie, come on guys

    by WaitingforAvengers

    There's something inherently badass about the weirdness a 40's Super solider frozen in ice, a guy in a mech, a monster, and a norse god all teaming up together. Lets stop watering down the comics and go all out. I want Galactus to be a giant guy in armor, and squids in Watchmen. Comics are crazy, over the top surrealist fun, we should be encouraging the movies to follow suit. At least it's something diffrent.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 5:44 a.m. CST

    MERRICK YOU DIDN'T INCLUDE THE FUNNY BIT!?!

    by silentbobafett2

    Or, as we've ALL suspected for so long, you don't have a sense of humour? What a stupid headline!

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 5:53 a.m. CST

    WaitingforAvengers

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    Exactly! There are loads of "realistic" movies like Iron Man (realistic, really?). Why not go all the way and make a true comicbook movie?

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 7:03 a.m. CST

    The only way..

    by Varakor

    The Avengers film will really work and kick all of our asses, is if in the next Iron Man flick, Tony Stark (Or S.H.I.E.L.D.) create Vision, because no one's mentioned him yet. Hulk round two kinda sucked, it was just a confusing mess, not knowing which way it's supposed to go. (so it's a remake, reboot, sequel, with more action than the first but just as emotional????). S.H.I.E.L.D. also needs a bigger presence in the next films leading up to Avengers (Should have been Fury who approached Thunderbolt Ross, not Tony Stark). More Cameos, introduce other characters in the next set of films. Finally Danny Glover's Dick Blood is the absolute funniest fucking name on the planet. Good job!

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 7:09 a.m. CST

    he means funny....

    by oojamaflip

    Geeze! He means 'funny' as in 'odd/strange/weird' numbskulls.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 7:36 a.m. CST

    More News & Jokes

    by Buzz Maverik

    "I'm having a tuna on whole wheat and iced tea for lunch," Downey went on to say.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 7:37 a.m. CST

    It was funny because...

    by EriamJH

    After the statement, someone came up and kicked Robert Downey Jr in the balls. (Aint that HI-larious?)

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Alden, I am the Terminator

    by just pillow talk

    Alden: you should be more worried about your counting skills than another poster.<p>I am the Terminator: you probably shouldn't announce who you are. You'll never get Sarah Conner that way. THAT is not clever.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 8:07 a.m. CST

    It's sad - Downey seems to have a better grasp

    by VAwitch

    of the importance to "getting it right" than some studio PTB. Just hope he & Favreau can manage to keep at least the IM franchise strong, and input on Avengers; then again, w/ Norton playing the Hulk - he seems to have a grasp of stuff too. We'll see what gets done on Thor, and then I'll start praying or crying about Capt A & Avengers.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Er, oojamaflip...

    by ByTor

    It's not "funny" in that sense either.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Hulk has to be the bad guy!

    by lowman

    Simple- Hulk is the bad guy. Stark, Cap, Ant-man and Wasp all show up individually and get thier ass handed to them and they need to bring Thor in to help beat Hulk. At the beginning of the fime the Avengers just loosely associated with eacth other and by the end of the flic are a real team minus Hulk. Then in part 2 they bring Hulk in after he has started to control himself (that happens in IH2)

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Thats a point

    by CharyouTree

    I cant see Norton doing The Avengers movie unless he has full control over the whole thing, and the quote is funny if you gush over Downey Jn and you wanna suck his willy OMG a Celeb said "sucked" teheheheh

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 8:41 a.m. CST

    When are they going to do the Radioactive Man movie?

    by Droid

    My eyes! The goggles do nothing!

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 9:10 a.m. CST

    I guess it's one of those, you had to be there. . .

    by JacksParasites

    ...and stoned kinda things.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Merrick proves once again...

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    that he's the biggest waste of space amongst all the AICN staff (at least since "The Real MiraJeff" who apparently has vanished). Merrick is a mediocre, rather dull-witted fellow who believes devoutly in the supernatural and has a murderous hatred for cats (two traits which are, of course, not mutually exclusive). That's just about it.<BR><BR>Can anyone explain to me why this guy is in AICN's employ (let alone why he is given sweet assignments like WATCHMEN and the like)? <BR><BR>I'm not asking this question as a troll or an AICN "hater" either. Moriarty and Mr. Beaks are exceptional writers and critics. Hell, even Harry can be fantastic. But Merrick? What the fuck? As a long time AICNer myself (since the beginning actually) I've wondered for quite some time now who Merrick is related to and/or whose dick he had to suck. Perhaps I'm mistaken, but Merrick certainly wasn't hired based on his writing merits methinks.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 9:55 a.m. CST

    KNOCK KNOCK

    by ArcadianDS

    WHOSE THERE?<p> MY PRETENTIOUS AVENGERS QUOTE<p> MY PRETENTIOUS AVENGERS QUOTE WHO?<P> ...

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Le Vicious Fishus

    by ArcadianDS

    I think everyone here for the most part is part of Harry's Entourage. He and Mori are like, old middle-school chums, I think.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 10:02 a.m. CST

    ArcadianDS

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    Maybe, but Merrick only popped up a couple of years ago. Perplexing.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 10:17 a.m. CST

    ALDEN

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    My acknowledgment of your existence means that much to you, eh? Interesting. <p>Well here ya' go.....I read your post. And here I am......being clever. Yeeeehah.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 10:19 a.m. CST

    funniest move related quote of the year?

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    I know you guys have all said it already. But seriously....what the fuck? Did you accidentally post the wrong quote? Whats wrong with you?

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Thor's original costume,

    by cookylamoo

    Made him look like a domino dressed up as a viking.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Don't blame Downey.

    by Smerdyakov

    Life is dull without drugs. If he were still hopped up, it would have been hysterical.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 10:47 a.m. CST

    When's Ant-Man Coming Out?

    by Andre the Frog

    I wants me some formic adventure.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 10:49 a.m. CST

    There is no reason why

    by Diagnostic

    this can't work.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 11:08 a.m. CST

    I like Thor's original costume

    by Continentalop

    It intentionally used much of the same color scheme as Superman's, and to me he looked like as much of a Kryptonian God of Thunder as a Norse one.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Why isn't this a top story?

    by Windowlicker74

    get your priorities straight man

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Huh huh... he said "hardest thing"

    by JoeSixPack

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 1:49 p.m. CST

    why is it that people seem hesitant to accept

    by vaudeville villain

    hulk and/or thor in a movie alongside shellhead? not based enough in reality? i'm hard pressed to think of *any* member of the avengers (or mainstream comic hero in general, for that matter) that you could fathom seeing in normal, everyday life. a different property, sure, but how lame would batman look coming out of arby's with a two-for-one roast beef combo in hand? it's a movie based off of a comic book, not a freaking pbs documentary. provided the cg is up to par, thor and hulk will be fine.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Disagree with Downey

    by Continentalop

    On Iron Man being more realistic. I mean, has he looked down at the fusion reactor he keeps in his chest? Or the fact he built that in a cave with while being held by the Taliban?

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 2:06 p.m. CST

    BadMrWonka - Mummy 3 is better than Indy 4 if you're stupid

    by TallBoy66

    And if you like Mummy 3 better, than you're stupid and probably have trouble eating properly because you're such a fucking retard and can't quite master putting the spoon in your open, drooling mouth yet. Due to being an idiot. Very simple. Even if Crystal Skull isn't as good as the other Indy movies - THE MUMMY MOVIES ARE FUCKING BOILS ON THE ASS OF HUMANITY AND IS POSSIBLY SLOWING THE EVOLUTION OF MANKIND DUE TO THEIR MINDLESS UNFUNNY WHIZ-BANG TRITE BULLSHIT THAT CONTINUES TO INFLICT BRENDAN FRASER AND HIS CGI MOVIES AND BULLSHIT MUGGING ON EVERYONE. IT. IS. TORTURE! What was Mummy 3, like the 7th fucking "Brendan Fraser runs from CGI monsters" movies in 3 years?! Jesus fucking Christ, how on God's Green Earth could ANYONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND ACTUALLY THINK THAT IT QUALIFIES AS ENTERTAINMENT! IT KILLS THE SOULS OF HUMANITY AND BURNS US ALIVE DUE TO ITS LEVEL OF SUCKING! THE MUMMY MOVIES SUUUUCCCCKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!! This is fact. If Merrick likes Mummy 3 better than Indy, he is very dumb. If you like Mummy 3 better than Indy, you are also dumb. End.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 2:37 p.m. CST

    if you think mummy 3 is better than

    by vaudeville villain

    the black death, then you're stupid.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Damn...

    by The Eskimo

    <p>...seems like DGDB has quite a fan club. That's just sad.</p><p>Anyway, I would've gone with just "pretty funny" or "snide remark." But what do I know?

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Downey is on on the joke

    by terry1978

    Honestly, he is. He pretty much is self-deprecating, he knows what fans expect, he knows when movies or roles or directors fuck up big time, and admits when he has as well.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 4:49 p.m. CST

    The Incredible Hulk was fucking terrible.....

    by TheWaqman

    ...it was so by the numbers and just fucking uninspired and oh just plain boring. Ang Lee's Hulk at least felt different, and it kept my interest for the most part. This one was just trying to cater to the retards here. And it succeeded (oh wait it didn't, it failed miserably bwahahaha!).

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Ho, Ho, Ho! Merry Migilmus!

    by Ricky Retardo

    Iron-Man is a funny man! Ho, Ho, Ho! Give him a new oil can!

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Hulk is better with deleted scenes

    by WaitingforAvengers

    They cut out some great character development. There was a lengthy bit with Doc Sampson that was pretty good, and an AWESOME General Ross scene.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Skarsgard for Asgard!

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    Sorry, couldnt help myself... How's that casting going, Kenneth?

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 9:18 p.m. CST

    is merrick's internship over yet?

    by mr_macphisto

    what's the deal?

  • Nov. 27, 2008, 7:10 p.m. CST

    MERRICK WHY DO YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO BE A RETARD?

    by Proman1984

    YOU SUCK ASS.

  • Nov. 27, 2008, 7:52 p.m. CST

    I hope they make Avengers work

    by chien_sale

    With such a large cast, don't fuck it up!

  • Nov. 28, 2008, 3:36 a.m. CST

    Where

    by Rowsdower.ZabRowsdower

  • Nov. 28, 2008, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Where's the Larry Hama scripted...

    by Rowsdower.ZabRowsdower

    Nth Man movie? Now that's one seriously overlooked property. "Hmph! Talk. I always said that's a euphemism for a soft-nosed bullet in the back of the head!"

  • Nov. 28, 2008, 3:45 a.m. CST

    *tossing in my dos centavos*

    by Rowsdower.ZabRowsdower

    Why is everyone harping on the idea of a Thor movie? What's made recent comic to film efforts so successful is an effort to seat these ideas within the realms of the "possible." Thor is fine as a standalone... but not essential to what an Avengers movie could be. I'm more amped about Joe "Rocketeer" Johnston doing the Capt. America flick... period-pertinent. Ie: WWII. Bring that shit on. Maybe they'll give a slick cameo to Reb Brown in the theatrical. Word.