robert downey jr guardians of the galaxyRobert Downey Jr. and his Iron Man alter ego might be responsible for the most recognizable and beloved character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's galaxy of stars. But the actor knows when to step aside and give credit where credit is due. And that's exactly what he's doing right now with the cosmic stars of "Guardians of the Galaxy."

While talking to the Toronto Sun about his new movie "The Judge," which premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival before making a bid at Oscar gold when it's released later this fall, said that "Guardians of the Galaxy" might be the very best Marvel movie that the studio has released.

"'Galaxy' in some ways is the best Marvel movie ever," Downey told the Toronto Sun. "And it's odd for someone with -- on occasion -- an ego the size of mine to actually say that!"

Downey went on to explain how this happened: "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!' "

He then offered a crazy football analogy (as someone who is spent a little bit of time around him, he's very fond of weird analogies): " "It's like you have a great quarterback, and his brother plays for another team, and then you say: 'Look, this is their second cousin and we think he has a great arm and he should start.' And then he goes and wins the Super Bowl!"

Of course, the star, who will next perform his big screen Iron Man duties in next summer's "Avengers: Age of Ultron," has nothing but admiration for the folks who put this stuff together: "The armature and breadth of what Disney has done in their ability to put things to market is unprecedented." Aw, RDJ!

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