Jessica Chastain isn’t the only person wondering where Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow film is; this we know. Despite Hollywood being the male-driven industry it is, it’s a great thing when one powerful female star publicly stands up for another. But as we all know, that’s just not enough. Enter the muscle: Robert Downey Jr., aka 2014’s highest paid actor, and a guy who has plenty of pull. Maybe Kevin Feige will sit up and listen?
In an interview with USA Today, Downey spoke on the subject:
“Doesn’t Scarlett deserve a break? Look…I think that the interesting thing particularly after Guardians with Zoe (Saldana), (or) even from the first Iron Man where Pepper was kind of this really - to me the Iron Man franchise would never have taken off without (Gwyneth) Paltrow. There’s something about her that grounded the story. She’s not your typical lady in a superhero movie, and then by Iron Man 3 she’s swallowing serums and putting on suits and kicking (butt) and all that stuff.
But,it would be kind of more appropriate for a character that already was like a Black Widow (to lead a movie). It just seems like whatever Scarlett does people want to go see it.”
Aw (Iron) man, did you have to bring Goop into all this?
RDJ also added his support for Hawkeye and Hulk:
“The funny thing is honestly at this point everyone deserves a franchise. I think Jeremy Renner is — when folks see the Avengers: Age of Ultron he’s just a rockstar, a bada-. And Ruffalo is pumped. He does great (work). I’d like to hear them talk even more seriously about a Hulk franchise, because that’s been one of the toughest ones to get right. But I’m sure that my parent company is feeling expansive and and bold after the summer they’ve had.”
I’m glad RDJ threw in his support for Scarlett, and especially happy to read what he said about Guardians, because Saldana just rocked it as Gamora. If right now, having a powerful male actor speak out is what it takes to get Marvel off their collective asses, then so be it. But watch out boys, we just may take over your entire superhero universe.