Everyone knows that there was some bad blood between Iron Man director Jon Favreau and Marvel Studios. While Favreau was trying to make a commendable standalone sequel to his 2008 blockbuster, the House of Ideas wanted to swell the film with all types of Avengers nods in order to introduce audiences to the greater Marvel universe.
Mickey Rourke, who fans will remember as the villainous Ivan Vanko from Iron Man 2, elaborated on the famous feud while hitting the press tour for his upcoming historical epic Immortals. When looking back on the Shellhead sequel, Rourke had this to say:
I try to find the moments where [the villian is] not that cliched, evil bad guy and it’s a big fight. I had it on ‘Iron Man’ and they won. It was going to work for Marvel and them breaking [Jon] Favreau’s balls and wanting just a one-dimensional villain. The performance and all the things that I tried to bring to it end up on the f–ing floor. That can cause you not to care as much. To not to want to put that effort in to try and make it an intelligent bad guy or a bad guy who is justified in what his reasons are.
I had high hopes for Marvel Studios after the gritty, modern style of the first Iron Man film. But ever since then, every new entry to their comic book movie pantheon seems to get worse and worse. After watching and re-watching the new trailer for The Avengers, I’m not sure if the future looks any better.