It’s almost impossible to imagine anyone but Robert Downey Jr. playing Iron Man, but according to the actor, the end could be near.
Since making his superhero debut in 2008’s surprise hit “Iron Man”, the 52-year-old actor will be reprising his role for the 8th time in the upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War“. Fans suspect that just like Chris Evans, “Avengers 4” may be his last outing.
“It’s this cyclical thing,” Downey told the News Corp Australia Network. “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 Russos (‘Avengers’ directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo), who I adore.”
He continued, “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 6 or 7 (MCU movies) I have done by dropping the ball because I decided to go do it 1 more time. I just want to hang up my jersey before it’s embarrassing.”
Joe Russo previously stated that it is “almost impossible to replace Robert, he’s the biggest movie star in the world“. The filmmaker added, “One close up from Robert is worth another actor’s entire performance, he’s incredibly gifted and insanely talented. I think if and when he is done with the character I think you will find that Iron Man might disappear for a while.”
Downey will once again don his iconic supersuit in “Spider-Man: Homecoming“.