Apparently far more engaged in this interview than he was in the one I covered two days ago, Robert Downey Jr. opened up a bit more about Spider-Man. Why? Well, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should know that Sony and Marvel have reached an agreement where a new take on Spidey will be shared by both studios- which will finally allow ol’ web head to make his present felt in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Along with that news came our report that Downey Jr’s Tony Stark/Iron Man was going to make a meaningful appearance in the new Spider-Man reboot.
So, naturally, as he goes around doing press for Avengers: Age of Ultron, RDJ has been fielding a ton of questions about Spider-Man. This time around, the actor had this to say when asked what it will mean to have Spider-Man around:
“Well, look. However we spin it we’re gonna try to defy the expectation of what it would mean, you know? That’s been the directive from the jump. But I think that a great job has been done with Spider-Man so far, and I think that the direction that Spider-Man is going to take is exactly what the fans would be delighted to see.”
Of course, the one sticky part of that quote is where he mentions the “great job” that’s been done so far with Spider-Man. That’s a tricky one, since the character has had a rocky few years at best. He reached his zenith with Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2, but has left a bad taste in the mouth of fans with the three films since (two of which were part of a reboot that’s now gone down in flames). So what parts of Spider-Man cinematic legacy RDJ thinks are “great” are left for interpretation, but it’s likely he could just mean in terms of brand recognition. Despite the challenges presented by the last three films, there’s no denying that Spidey is still a global icon, can be a money-printing machine in the right hands, and Downey Jr probably feels confident that the folks at Marvel can get him back on track.
That’s just my take. To hear/see his comments for yourself, and reach your conclusions, you can view the clip below:
As of now, the prevailing theory is that Spider-Man will make his debut into the MCU in Captain America: Civil War, which is scheduled to arrive in theaters on May 6, 2016.