Who deserves the most credit for MCU: Phase One success?

Discussion in 'Marvel's The Avengers' started by Aztec, Aug 12, 2012.

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Who deserves the MOST credit for MCU: Phase One Success?

  1. Kevin Feige

  2. Joss Whedon

  3. Robert Downey Jr.

  4. Jon Favreau

  5. Louis Leterrier

  6. Keneth Branagh

  7. Joe Johnston

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  1. Aztec

    Aztec Well-Known Member

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    So the title and the poll say it all. Who deserves the most credit for the MCU: Phase One success. Yes this was clearly a team effort, and yes ALL of these people (and others) deserve credit; but I simply want to know who do you think deserves the MOST credit?

    1) Kevin Feige- The man with the grand plan for the MCU. Involved in each and every film and responsible for overall continuity.

    2) Joss Whedon- He wrote and directed the culminating piece of Phase One and knocked it out of the park.

    3) Robert Downey Jr.- Without his charisma and acting talent audiences may have never been drawn into Iron Man and the rest of the MCU.

    4) Jon Favreau- His witty charm and sensibilities led to a remarkable Iron Man film that introduced mass audiences to the MCU world.

    5) Louis Leterrier- He put the action and the fun back into the Hulk.

    6) Kenneth Branagh- Brought a Shakesperian dynamic to a comic book film, but still made it accessible enough for the mass audience. He also successfully brought in cosmic elements to the MCU; and let's not forget he discovered and introduced to the world: Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston (who went on to become the series' main villain in spectacular fashion).

    7) Joe Johnston- Inserted some all American classic adventure cinema into the series. He also showed the world how good an actor Chris Evans was.

    So who's your choice?

    Mine is Robert Downey Jr. IMHO it was his irresistible charm that sucked audiences into the MCU. He is electric and magnetic on the big screen. You can have a lot of great ideas, but it takes actual talent to execute them. I just don't think Marvel can thank him enough. He's worth every penny of the $50 Million they paid him for The Avengers.

    This was hard for me because Whedon, Feige, and Favreau all deserve a lot of credit (and so do the others to a lesser extent) but RDJ is the man! Your thoughts?
     
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  2. warhorse78

    warhorse78 Well-Known Member

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    Joss Whedon, his skill at writing and directing the large cast is no easy feat. He took the best from the previous movies, and added to it! I would have Kevin Fiege in second, since it was his grand idea at the beginning, and he stuck to it!

    Robert Downy Jr is great, but let's not fool ourselves, it took the entire team to bring in the big bucks that it did.
     
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  3. Rogue Kira

    Rogue Kira All Knowing Spidey-Fan

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    Each Character's respective creator because without them this would not even exist Oh and of course Every single crew member involved
     
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  4. TheHeatKitchen

    TheHeatKitchen Well-Known Member

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    RDJ. He was the first character released in the MCU, he brought attention and energy to the role of Tony Stark, grabbed everyone by the face and made them excited about this series.

    Followed by a tie between Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige.
     
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  5. cherokeesam

    cherokeesam SHIELD Director Coulson

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    Feige, mostly. Favreau, second.

    It was Favs who took the bold step to cast RDJ as a superhero, and to take a new non-Burton/Nolanesque approach to the genre. More importantly, he's the one who came up with the idea of using SLJ in the Nick Fury cameo at the end of the movie, and urging Kevin Feige to actually develop a shared film universe.

    But Feige has been the one who's responsible for the logistics of bringing all this together, and he's done an outstanding job, with an eye towards genuine respect for the source material and fandom.
     
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  6. BigThor

    BigThor God of Thunder

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    Feige by FAR, yeah yeah I get that RDJ kicks ass as Tony Stark but he's just an actor he shouldn't be compared to the likes of Feige.
     
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  7. TheHeatKitchen

    TheHeatKitchen Well-Known Member

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    The only reason I put RDJ over Feige is because Feige simply had the idea and put the plan into motion.... RDJ did a LARGE portion of the leg work. Just my opinion.
     
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  8. Juicy J

    Juicy J Well-Known Member

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    I had no idea Favreau was the one who pushed Feige to develop a shared universe, I was under the impression that was Feige's goal from the start. Where'd you hear it was Favs who spear headed that?
     
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  9. cherokeesam

    cherokeesam SHIELD Director Coulson

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    EW. From back in '08:

    http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20198027_3,00.html

     
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  10. pr0xyt0xin

    pr0xyt0xin Shaper Savant

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    Team effort.

    RDJ for making us all laugh and for bringing in new fans.
    Favreau for what has been mentioned above (convincing Feige to let it happen)
    Feige for letting/making it all happen
    Whedon for tying it all together and for what he will inevitably do with the franchise
     
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  11. BigThor

    BigThor God of Thunder

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    What leg work? Acting in a movie and promoting it?

    I'm sure studio executives have ALOT more effect on the actual films themselves than an actor.
     
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  12. terry78

    terry78 I'm gonna need more rope

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    RDJ and Favs kind of share that because of what they did. Took a character that was well known in a sense to most comic geeks, turned him into a merchandise blitz, and started off the whole shared universe.
     
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  13. TheHeatKitchen

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    They make decisions, but the actors put the butts in the seats.
     
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  14. Optimus27932

    Optimus27932 Well-Known Member

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    WINNER!!! I agree 100% with this.:word:
     
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  15. metaphysician

    metaphysician Not a Side-Kick

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    I would give it to Feige. RDJ made *Iron Man* a success, but it was really Feige's work that turned a successful Iron Man into a successful MCU.
     
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  16. BigThor

    BigThor God of Thunder

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    Studio Execs hire the actors and make a host of other financial decisions, so without them there wouldn't be anything to watch.

    Clearly, this isn't a hard concept to understand. :up:
     
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  17. Juicy J

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  18. Baneis8feettall

    Baneis8feettall Half face half amazing

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    RDJ
    Characters
    The director.
     
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  19. Smashlilman

    Smashlilman Ouch!!!!

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    Comic Book Jesus :oldrazz:
    [​IMG]
     
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  20. Son of Coul

    Son of Coul Not 100% A Dick

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    All a team effort, but I'd give Feige, RDJ, and Favs a boost for kickstarting the ambitious project in such an appealing and smart fashion, Feige for maintaining that integrity and continuity throughout, and Whedon for weaving the many threads together so expertly in its culmination.
     
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  21. Zant

    Zant Well-Known Member

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    What about Avi Arad.I know he gets a lot of hate but he was involved in Iron Man
     
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  22. Lady Marion

    Lady Marion It's all in the swing

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    I'd also say it's a team effort. Feige had the idea of the MCU and the courage to bring it to life, RDJ for his incredible performance as Tony Stark, Favreau for giving us a great first Iron Man movie as kickoff, Whedon for the highlight of all this.

    And even all the other directors, writers and main actors for hitting the tone of the MCU and making successful movies about the other heroes.
     
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  23. Spider-Vader

    Spider-Vader Mercin' & Workin'

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    I think Fiege, Favreau & Downey all share equal credit. If it wasn't for Iron Man being a surprise hit, none of this would have happened.
     
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  24. BigThor

    BigThor God of Thunder

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    RDJ sure gets alot more credit than Evans or Chris H., but honestly I think we'd be at pretty much the same place if Cap or Thor were the first MCU film.
     
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  25. terry78

    terry78 I'm gonna need more rope

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    It's possible, but starting it off with Iron Man kind of made more sense with the whole arrogance Stark had and Fury's "you think you're the only one out there?" line. Stark is technically the most normal guy on the team.
     
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