And so it's official. It must be. Iron Man said it. Yep, that's right: Robert Downey Jr himself has proclaimed Guardians of the Galaxy to be the finest Marvel movie of them all. The actor was speaking at the world premiere of his new movie The Judge, at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Robert Downey Jr [L] stars in 'The Judge'
Downey pretty much single-handedly injected some dynamism into the Marvel movie brand, playing Tony Stark/Iron Man so effortlessly and there's likely to be further movies on the horizon (not to mention Avengers 2). However, the 49-year-old has the upmost admiration for Guardians, which will undoubtedly become its own mega-franchise.
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"Galaxy in some ways is the best Marvel movie ever," Downey told the Toronto Star, "And it's odd for someone with - on occasion - an ego the size of mine to actually say that!"
Still, that ego managed to rear its head eventually.
"We're talking about how the Iron Mans and the Thors and the Captain Americas and the Avengers movies have afforded Marvel the opportunity to essentially take what was a third-tier, minor, kind of upstart bit of potential from one of their comic books series and say: 'Look!' "
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The Judge is not a Marvel movie. Not by a long-shot. It's a prestige flick in which Downey Jr plays big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his father (Robert Duvall), the town's judge, is suspected of murder.
Downey Jr and his producer wife Susan have other irons in the fire too. "We are working on a Sherlock Holmes 3," he revealed in Toronto, adding, "Then we have a story that Steve McQueen was developing before he passed away called Yucatan that I'm just on fire about."
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