‘Let’s break his knee’ Robert Downey Jr ‘did not like’ Avengers actor at first meeting
After Iron Man was released in 2008, all signs had been pointing towards the first Avengers movie, an event that would throw all of the Marvel superheroes together on the big screen for the first time. In 2012, Avengers Assemble was released, marking the first and most epic team-up movie in the MCU at the time – but things weren’t going well behind the scenes, Jeremy Renner has revealed.
The Hawkeye actor recently reminisced about bringing the MCU team-up movie to life. He recalled dressing up in his superhero outfit for the first time alongside Downey Jr, Black Widow actor Scarlett Johansson, and Captain America star Chris Evans. But the actor playing the Mighty Thor, Chris Hemsworth, was an unknown quantity for the team, he said. Renner recently told the Armchair Expert Podcast host Dax Shepherd: “If you ever played any sports, it was like joining a new team. I knew Robert Downey Jr. I knew Scarlett Johansson. I just didn’t know Hemsworth.”
The host of the show suggested that Hemsworth is a “great guy” – a comment that Renner agreed with. But the actor also explained how the Australian made the team feel a little wary on the first days. Renner said: “[Hemsworth’s] amazing, but we didn’t know of him, right? On the first day, we’re all parading around in our costumes. So It looks like it’s Halloween. We’re excited, but equally feeling ridiculous. I feel like we all knew each other somehow, someway, except we didn’t know this Hemsworth guy, because he comes from Australia. And he’s the tallest, he’s the most good-looking.” Downey Jr in particular was not too happy about this, prompting him to launch into a tirade about the Australian star.
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The pair shared the role of Earth’s Mightiest Hero on a number of occasions, ending with Avengers Endgame in 2019. This has since come to an end, however, after the end of the film which saw Tony Stark’s demise after taking down Thanos with the Infinity Stones. Although the star has long been a beloved member of the film franchise, he has since admitted he will not be returning to the series in the future. He revealed he had “difficulty” stepping out of the role and wants to do something else on the big screen.
Downey Jr said: “Playing Tony/Iron Man was hard and I dug deep. I had an incredible 10-year run that was creatively satisfying. I’ve done all I could with that character and can do other things now. Now, being middle-aged, you start looking at the back nine and realise this is all part of the journey, and things end. I am fortunate and eternally grateful to have wound up where I have.” He added: “I had an incredible ten-year run with Marvel which pushed me creatively. I now have tons more ambition to do things I haven’t done before. Evolving is key — the worst thing you can do is get in your own way.”
The Avengers series is available on Disney Plus now.
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