While promoting Zoolander 2, screenwriter Justin Theroux, whom some may know as the lead actor in HBO’s The Leftovers, spoke about his experience working on Iron Man 2 for Marvel Studios.
Specifically, Theroux was asked to give his view on the apparent conflict between Marvel Studios, which make the Marvel movies, and Marvel Entertainment, which handles television, comics, and pretty much everything else.
“What I like about Kevin Feige and Jeremy Latcham and all the guys at the studio, is that they really love these characters,” Theroux told Italian outlet Bad Taste. “They’re not just trying to throw something out. I remember at that time talking about The Avengers with Kevin. I remember that I told him “I don’t know if this is going to work, having Iron Man and all these characters together” but then he ended up doing something really special. They love these superheroes and they protect them. For the business side of it, the struggle for the merchandise or the battle between Marvel Studios and Marvel Entertainment, I didn’t pay attention. As for the present i know that they want every product to be good.”
As for Iron Man 2 and the mixed reception it received from fans, Theroux acknowledges the film was flawed, but is still proud of his work.
“You know, like many thing sometimes is difficult to live up to the expectations,” he said. “After the first Iron Man the expectations for the second one were huge. You go in with very high expectations… and even before we started working on it we had a release date and so we had to do the movie very quickly. And i don’t want to blame anything or anyone… It was a collaboration and i really love Marvel, Jon Favreau e Robert Downey Jr. We tried to please the fans and tried to make it big… But sometimes these things they don’t just quite work. But there are parts of that movie that I’m very proud of.”
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