She is utterly interchangeable. Sorry, but I strongly disagree with her as having brought anything to the table that a laundry list of other fine actresses couldn't have brought.As far as I'm concerned, Gwyneth Paltrow doesn't get enough credit for how much she brings to the Iron Man movies and the first Avengers as Pepper Potts. She takes what should be a thankless role (Tony Stark's stern but nurturing girlfriend) and makes it into a slyly funny counterpoint to Boys' Club of oddities around her. We've already seen her wear and use Tony's armor in Iron Man 3, so why not let her inherit the mantle? If nothing else, it'd be highly talked-about.
I kind of feel these point counter each other a bit.That's to be expected, actually: Downey is already the highest paid actor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and once he's checked the final two boxes on his original multi-film contract (largely expected to include Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers 3) they'd need to negotiate a new one -- with the superstar actor now in a position to demand a lot more money for his work.
Plus, with Guardians of the Galaxy -- featuring a cast of characters even more unknown to mainstream audiences than Iron Man was before his first movie -- having toppled Tony Stark as the studio's biggest (non-Avengers) debut feature, it's probable that Marvel is feeling more confident than ever that they (as in "The Marvel Brand") have become a bigger draw than any one actor.
Kenjitsuka said:I like all of the ideas!
Best one is probably Iron Patriot, as that was a great comic arc.
So... you vote for Cheadle because racism and Palthrow because sexism? Tokenism seems like a good idea but it's just marking off a checkbox on a checklist. What we need are legitimate female and minority heroes that make sense as the big team. The Falcon is a damn cool option and I've already expressed my interest for Sif as an Avenger before. But manipulating the demographic by changing existing characters for the sake of forcing it would be a problem.But Palthrow I also adore as Potts.
Cheadle would be great for trumpeting making a non-white guy a big part of the team (and their marketing would milk that fact out forever, same as with Palthrow being a woman_.
Picking people based on Race or Gender is just as wrong as not picking someone based on Race or Gender. That's because the act of picking a person is the act of not picking other people based on their respective race or gender. We've got to get past this guilt that in a country where the VAST majority of Americans are white that we see a lot of white leads. Oh no, the most common demographic is the most represented *shocked*. I would love to see other characters fleshed out, again, especially black characters like the Falcon (who I thought was perfect) or female characters like Sif. But just outright replacing white male with black or female because of inherently sexist/racist ideals is wrong.
A warmachine movie would be fine. I don't think Cheadle can carry it, and I love me some Cheadle, unless they seriously flesh out his character. The truth is, Stark's character absolutely stole every scene he was in.
An Ironman movie just wouldn't be the same without his roguish characteristics and snark. Drunk playboy? That's textbook Stark.
Now, can Downey be replaced? Absolutely. But the character has to those characteristics and not just Potts or Warmachine instead. Not in an Ironman movie. That's an emphasis on the character of Ironman and not the man section.
If anyone, minority or majority, male or female, can bring something cool to the table and stay true to Ironman then have at it. But the two examples listed are not that person. For example, Samuel L Jackson owned his role as Nick Fury. Holy crap is he great for that role. Couldn't care less of Nick Fury wasn't white. I mean, honestly, Will Smith in Hancock was pretty damn good. He may have it in him to own the IronMan role and give it the respect the ironman spirit deserves. Don't know.
But it has to make sense to make those kinds of major changes and should never be a racist/sexist decision that you (royal you, not you the poster I'm responding to) think one race is a better choice than another or one sex is a better choice than another without reason. Especially if it's an established character. Racism hiding behind the guise of equality is still just that, racism. Remember, equality is fair representation, not elevation of a smaller group to have equal representation as a larger group. We should all get one vote, one voice, and nothing more or less. My vote should not be watered down to less than one just because I was born a certain color or gender and your vote should not be concentrated just because you were born a certain color or gender. That's not equality.
I'll have to massively disagree with you here. While I'm not a huge fan of Paltrow regularly I think she does an outstanding job as Pepper Potts. She has the whole register and is probably one of the best romantic fits for a character I have ever seen. It takes a lot of balls to handle Tonys Iron Man 1 personality but she is a champion. The way she handles that reporter he bangs is just....awesome. And she grows with the role, from secretary to boss to something of a hero in Iron Man 3. She is NOT just a pair of boobs and actually gets some stuff to do besides looking good. I adore her.Lightknight said:She is utterly interchangeable. Sorry, but I strongly disagree with her as having brought anything to the table that a laundry list of other fine actresses couldn't have brought.As far as I'm concerned, Gwyneth Paltrow doesn't get enough credit for how much she brings to the Iron Man movies and the first Avengers as Pepper Potts. She takes what should be a thankless role (Tony Stark's stern but nurturing girlfriend) and makes it into a slyly funny counterpoint to Boys' Club of oddities around her. We've already seen her wear and use Tony's armor in Iron Man 3, so why not let her inherit the mantle? If nothing else, it'd be highly talked-about.
The reason why we like Downey Jr as Stark is the brand of snark he brings to the table. Pepper Pots would be something entirely different. Not Iron Man.
Now, tough girls that could do it instead of Pepper? I'd have to think. But it is interesting how every movie you review lately has some sort of "under-appreciated woman that should be the lead" in it.
You know what movie with a female lead I could go for? A movie with Sif in it instead of Thor. That'd be great.
Rhodey already has his own series, but not as War Machine. In the comics, he's going by Iron Patriot. Has been since, well, Iron Man 3.hermes200 said:Of all the options, I think only Rhodes would work. Give him enough screen time in Avengers 2, make him a more fleshed out character than just being an Ironman-lookalike, then you can kill Robert Downey Jr to up the ante, so that they have a new motive to "avenge" someone.
But, if they were planing to do that, I think we should have started noticing stuff by now. Like how the animated series started focusing more on Falcon before we even knew he was in Captain America 2. If they give War Machine or Rescue their own comic book, it would be red flags with Marvel trying to create public awareness of the characters.
Right now, I think the most likely scenario is for Marvel to pay Robert Downey whatever for some small presence in the upcoming movies. Good thing about Iron Man is, he could only appear as CGI with a voiceover performance and no one would be the wiser...
This. She was awesome. And then they have Tony be all "yeah, and I totes cured Pepper" in a voiceover like it was nothing. Urg. If you could have him cure it that offhandedly, you could have him stabilize it just as easily/plausibly so she could keep her metahuman badassery. So much needlessly wasted potential right there. It's almost plays like Marvel was scared of the idea: "...And that's the end...OhandPepperdoesn'tgettokeepherpowersWHEWthnxbai".Opellulo said:One of the most disappointing decisions in the MCU so far was stripping Pepper of her extremis powers at the end of Iron Man 3.
Since they already estabilished that they can be controlled they missed the opportunity to create a brand new strong female superhero that had both an interesting story and an awesome performer.