While it may have been a bit of a gamble 10 years ago, I think we can all now agree that casting Robert Downey Jr. in the role of Tony Stark/Iron Man has paid off handsomely for Marvel. In the same way that actors such as Hugh Jackman and Sir Patrick Stewart simply *are* Wolverine and Professor X respectively, it’s really difficult at this point to imagine anyone else portraying the billionaire genius playboy philanthropist other than RDJ. In an interview with Australia’s News.com, Robert Downey Jr. talks about his place in the MCU, and how he’ll know when it’s time to hang up the armor.
Before anybody gets too antsy, he isn’t planning on calling it quits anytime soon. He spoke more about understanding when the time could be right to saunter off into the sunset, and it will largely come down to when he feels he’s not doing the character justice:
It’s this cyclical thing. I could have said when the first Avengers came out: ‘It’s never going to get any better than that. Everybody stop’. But to me it’s always about people and opportunities, like the (Avengers directors Anthony and Joe) Russos, who I adore.
Everyone says to me it’s like a glove that fits so well. I have to start over every time but I am starting over with a pretty solid base. I just never want to blow it for the last six or seven (MCU movies) I have done by dropping the ball because I decided to go do it one more time. I just want to hang up my jersey before it’s embarrassing.
Some also believe there’s a chance that Stark could be one of the heroes who doesn’t make it out of the Infinity War movies alive, though if I’m Marvel/Disney, I’m not taking RDJ out of the lineup until he’s good and ready. It’s a widely held belief of the other actors in the MCU that RDJ is the patriarch of the whole operation. Even Captain America (Chris Evans) himself defers to RDJ.
The good news for fans is that Robert Downey Jr. is still on board, and still excited about what the MCU has in store. You’ll next be able to see Iron Man in Spider-Man: Homecoming, which opens this weekend.
What do you think? Do you want RDJ to stick around as Tony Stark/Iron Man as long as possible? Or would you prefer to see some new blood injected into the MCU? Tell us all about it in the comment section below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.Source: News.com.au