Robert Downey Jr suits up
Iron Man has become a pivotal character in the Marvel Movie Universe. What initially got you excited about doing this movie?
The Avengers movies were always these colossal, ambitious things but to me Civil War was the smart, sexy, Marvel idea. You don’t want to see these two characters create a tear in the fabric of their relationship because you know how pervasive it can be. So it gives you a fair amount of shatter to play with. I’ve always liked the idea of “How do you recover from that?”
Can you tell us about any new upgrades to the suit?
In Iron Man 3 we stripped down Tony to MacGyver without a budget, but there are a couple of little things that happen in this one that I’m really stoked on. A little bit of new tech that he has helps give them a fighting chance against Winter Soldier when they go hand- to- hand. Pretty much if you pick a character on Tony’s side or not, he’s had an influence. Joss Whedon gave us that entrée in the first Avengers and then it really picked up in Ultron, so now it’s understood. If anyone needs anything, Tony makes it.
What is it that makes Chris Evans a great Captain America?
He’s like the Spencer Tracy of Marvel. He stands there, tells the truth and then kicks ass in a way that you really believe. His physicality is top notch. Captain America was the single hardest character to launch in this universe and Chris did it the first time, the second time, in both Avengers movies, and he’s doing it again. I think he was not overwhelmed but very surprised and somewhat taken aback by the amount of love he gets. When I go to the shopping centres now, I see 20 Captain America shirts wherever I go. It’s ceased to become just about him and how well he inhabited the role. It’s become part of our culture as a symbol. We work in different ways but I deeply respect the guy. I learn from working with him.
Better than Ryanair, anyway.