‘WE’RE FANS AND CRIT­ICS OF OUR OWN WORK’

Robert Downey Jr says that the su­per­heroes may have fi­nally ‘nailed it’ with Avengers: In­fin­ity

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - HTCITY ENTERTAINMENT -

Hol­ly­wood icon Robert Downey Jr, who is syn­ony­mous with the awe-in­spir­ing fig­ure of Iron Man, be­lieves that the up­com­ing Avengers: In­fin­ity War may be the best work to come from Marvel, so far. In­fin­ity War is inar­guably one of the largest su­per­hero gath­er­ings, with Guardians of Galaxy pitch­ing in to help the Avengers thwart Thanos (played by Josh Brolin), touted as the dead­li­est vil­lain they have ever faced.

“We might be mak­ing the movies but we also are fans and crit­ics of our own work. We try to make it bet­ter. But I think this time, we might have nailed it,” said Downey Jr, who com­pletes 10 years in the Marvel Cin­e­matic Uni­verse. said at a press con­fer­ence. He was ac­com­pa­nied by co-ac­tors Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch (Dr Strange) and Karen Gil­lan (Ne­bula).

Cum­ber­batch, when asked how it felt to be a part of a film fran­chise that was com­plet­ing 10 years, said, “It feels a lit­tle in­tim­i­dat­ing, to be frank. When you first step on to a set with a ros­ter of iconic char­ac­ters as well as iconic ac­tors, you for­get about the num­bers of 18 plus films and 14 bil­lion dol­lars.”

Cum­ber­batch, 41, first starred in the epony­mous role in 2016’s Doc­tor Strange, repris­ing the part of the Sorcerer Supreme in Thor: Rag­narok (2017).

When asked what Gil­lan had to say about be­ing a rare an­tag­o­nist to sur­vive, she said she was “hon­oured”. Gil­lan’s Ne­bula was an out-and-out vil­lain in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), but af­ter con­fronta­tion with Zoe Sal­dana’s Gamora in the 2017 se­quel, her char­ac­ter arc took a more pos­i­tive tra­jec­tory.

The 30-year-old ac­tor said, “It’s very ex­cit­ing to get to be in more than one Marvel movie. I love the char­ac­ter that ini­tially was a vil­lain. Then we got to know her back story and started to ques­tion whether she was a vil­lain or not. It’s just the best... This is the weird­est sen­sa­tion in the world.”

PHOTO: TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS

Robert Downey Jr plays Iron Man in the stand­alone fran­chise and the Avengers se­ries

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