Originally Posted by AR_Six
Listening to the director's commentary from Whedon you could tell he didn't have much fun making that movie and it was basically a day by day struggle just to keep the whole production from collapsing in on itself. It was almost depressing to listen to... Try listening to his commentary on his other movie, Serenity, and you'll notice the difference immediately - he was practically giddy about talking about how that movie came together and you could tell it was a labour of love.
Seeing the extras gives you a sense of the magnitude of the rewrite that had to be done - the entire story presentation was totally different originally (basically a re-telling by Maria Hill). Being able to do that level of storyboard surgery while filming is just insane. I give Whedon all credit, working on TV for so long gives you the ability to adapt on the fly in those circumstances.
It's very similar to IM1, they had to come up with shit on the fly. Posted this several times already but it really it really is a big surprise how IM1 turned out and lightning simply did not strike twice with IM2. Here's Jeff Bridges on the script of the film.
The actor revealed certain anxieties involved in filming "Iron Man," the major one being... the lack of a script?
"They had no script, man," Bridges revealed. "They had an outline. We would show up for big scenes every day and we wouldn't know what we were going to say. We would have to go into our trailer and work on this scene and call up writers on the phone, 'You got any ideas?' Meanwhile the crew is tapping their foot on the stage waiting for us to come on."
According to Bridges, Marvel Studios had "a release date before the script" and — in his own words — didn't "have their s--- together" on the first "Iron Man" movie. But as we all know, most moviegoers adored the film and spent plenty of hard-earned cash on ticket sales, so something had to have gone right. In Bridges' mind, his own success came from improvisation.
"It happens in movies a lot where something's rubbing against your fur and it's not feeling right, but it's just the way it is," he said. "You can spend a lot of energy bitching about that or you can figure out how you're going to do it, how you're going to play this hand you've been dealt. What you can control is how you perceive things and your thinking about it."
"So I said, 'Oh, what we're doing here, we're making a $200 million student film. We're all just f---in' around! We're playin'. Oh, great!' That took all the pressure off. 'Oh, just jam, man, just play.' And it turned out great!"
As I said before, if they had casted less talented actors (someone other than Bridges and RDJ), IM1 would have been a failure too.
And Rourkes take on his character and Marvel ruining his character.
“[W]hen I did Ivan Vanko in Iron Man, I fought… You know, I explained to Justin Theroux, to the writer, and to [Jon] Favreau, that I wanted to bring some other layers and colors [to the charater], not just make this Russian a complete murderous revenging bad guy. And they allowed me to do that. Unfortunately, the [people] at Marvel just wanted a one-dimensional bad guy, so most of the performance ended up the floor.”
I commend Marvel for what they have done but let's not forget that at the end of the day, they really do care more for the $$$$$.