Robert Downey Jr. on Iron Man Potentially Being Recast After ‘The Avengers 2′

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Robert Downey Jr. has become synonymous with Marvel hero Iron Man (A.K.A. Tony Stark) ever since the character’s first big screen appearance in 2008. The hero has since evolved into the most bankable and recognizable character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, Downey’s contract with Marvel Studios expires after the upcoming Iron Man 3, leaving his continued involvement in the role up in the air.

Previously, Downey said that he would be hesitant to turn his back on the character. Of course, that statement was predicated on the continued high quality and warm audience reception to Marvel’s cinematic efforts, and after The Avengers, audience goodwill is surely at an all-time high for the studio’s second slate of films.

Now, in an interview with Empire (via Comic Book Movie), Downey has again responded to the possibility that he may eventually hang up his metallic hat:

“Let’s just say that the only thing I ever let go of had claw marks in it. There’s a little bit of soul reclamation going on. I feel that the first time I played Tony, I did it best. Sorry! The affinity with Tony now is: How do you sustain something? I’m not stupid, I like to play ball, I love the company, I love the character, and the business side of things, I’m not too picky about that either.”

Funny that Downey should mention the business side of things. The billion-dollar success of The Avengers gives him tremendous leverage in renegotiating his contract, should he choose to do so. However, he does seem far more at ease with the idea of letting someone else step into Stark’s shoes than in previous comments.

“[Recasting] would probably be the best thing in the world for me. You know, ego…but sometimes ego just has to be smashed. Let’s see what happens. I take the audience very seriously – I feel bad when I see folks doing movies and the audience is like, ‘Don’t do that anymore.’ I don’t have to overstay my welcome…”

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If the actor bows out, Marvel would likely go the recasting route as the studio seems intent on keeping Stark around for a good long while (or at least through The Avengers 2). Kevin Feige had this to say about the character’s involvement in Phase Two:

“Tony’s going to carry on. ‘Avengers 2′ already has a release date!”

Audiences have thus far responded overwhelmingly well to Downey’s take on Tony Stark, and it could be argued that the actor is largely responsible for the success of Iron Man. So it’s largely in Marvel’s best interest to keep him onboard for as long as possible. We expect Downey to at least appear throughout Phase Two (potentially helping to kick off the cosmic side of things in Guardians of the Galaxy).

However, if he does decide to part ways with Marvel, who would you like to see step into the role? Let us know in the comments.

Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black, from his and Drew Pearce’s screenplay. It stars Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Jon Favreau, Rebecca Hall, William Sadler, James Badge Dale and the voice of Paul Bettany.

Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe begins when Iron Man 3 releases May 3rd, 2013, followed by Thor: The Dark World on November 8th, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4th, 2014, and Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1st, 2014. It concludes with The Avengers 2 on May 1st, 2015.


Source: Empire [via Comic Book Movie]

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  1. I think that the Iron Man franchise can continue very well without RJD, I still have a hard time with the idea that he’s supposed to be Tony Stark. RJD plays it wrong, but since everyone likes it, no one seems to mind. Stark is much like James Bond, very suave and smooth, which is lost on what has been done so far. There was an April fools joke posted on line that Jon Hamm from Mad Men was going to take over, which is in reality, better casting! Keep an open mind people!

    • Rob you are insane! RJD is in his own class as an actor. He wasn’t hired to make us think Tony Stark from the comic books has come onto the big screen. He was cast because the talent folks knew that someone like RJD would make his own Tony Stark, and his take on Tony Stark would draw people by the millions to the big screen. It’s the same thing when an old movie is re done. A new actor plays an old role and when they do it exactly the same as the original, it never works out well. However when they bring their own artistic creation of a character, it can be exceptional. RJD is the sole reason why I have seen every Marvel movie multiple times in the theatre and own all of them in on Bluray. I even watch The Agents of Shield because the story is intertwined with the Avengers. If RJD goes, I’m not sure if I will be as into these stories as I currently am. In fact, I think Marvel should make a deal with HBO and they should create an Iron Man HBO series. Get the writers of Game of Thrones involved and it could be the best series of all time. Unfortunately I’m not sure the technology required to create Iron Man action scenes is cost effective enough yet in order to make a series. However, Game of Thrones did have a $50million budget last year so who knows!!

      • Robert Downey Jr is what makes Iron Man so hilarious and awesome! I don’t think that I’d even ever watch the new Iron Man if they recast him. Downey is Iron Man, and he is what makes the movie amazing. Team Robert Downey Jr all the way!

    • Rob i know you will just go to another website and say how you dont want robert Downey Jr to play iron man but I don’t care about it go on ahead and do it man I don’t care and I hope I never have to read a nother one of your coments again

    • Sir, no offense, But i gatta say “Dude are u kidding me?” RDJ s the perfect person for the role, I used to hate ironman or Tony Stark as a kid,I never liked the comic book,But ever since i saw Ironman 1, RDJ made Tony better than ever, ironman s practically everyone s favorite comic hero right after Spiderman…

    • Uh NO!!! RDJ cannot be replaced. After all, he IS Iron Man!! Anyone who says otherwise is crazy. Honestly if someone else plays the role, i won’t watch the movie. He has unmatched talent as an actor and without him the movie would flop. Not to mention that i personally would be the leader of a large group of protestors.

      • I’d totally be in that group of protestors!

        • RDJ is teh bossest person i have ever seen, if they take him out of iron man movies i wont watch them.

    • Rob you are wrong. Downey is Iron Man! And the magic back and forth between Potts and Stark is Priceless! You can’t write that. That only happens when you cast the right people. Case closed!

  2. If your going to make 3 sequels of a movie with the same main character you shouldnt change that character exspecially if he is well liked it. Cause most people like seeig the same actor play in each sequel to switch character midway may take some of your audience away exspecially if its iron man RJD cause he is well liked.

  3. There’s only one thing too say as Robert Downey Jr said in iron man quote “I am Iron Man” No one can replace Robert Downey Jr he is in his own class and no other actor can play iron man its just no possible Robert Downey Jr has to return!!
    if not I wont be watching iron man

  4. I agree with you jay robert Downey Jr is a great iron man and you rob you are wrong. who is with me on those two things

  5. Rob i know you will just go to another website and say how you dont want robert Downey Jr to play iron man but I don’t care about it go on ahead and do it man I don’t care and I hope I never have to read a nother one of your coments again

  6. I cannot for the life of me see anyone else in the shoes of Iron Man/Tony Stark and cannot see who could fill those shoes as well. It was so wonderful to get wrapped in all 3 movies and see RDJ doing it so well….
    look at Batman- not all recasting is a good ideal- just like remakes… sorry… NO RDJ… for me no more Iron man…

  7. They will never replace him. Ever. It just wont happen. The movies wouldn’t have the same feel. RDJ just has this “presence” whilest playing the role. He isn’t even suave or smooth (@rob), he’s more of a megalomaniac (in a good way).

  8. LOL downey IS ironman…..NOBODY could follow that without fans burning down the theaters…you guys who make the movies take a memo from the people who fill your pockets here…. WE HATE IT WHEN YOU REPLACE THE ACTORS THAT MAKE ROLES FAMOUS…how bad did the XXX state of the union flop without vin diesel? i could quote examples all day…just this once, the “right” thing AND the big money option are the same thing…do us, and yourselves a favor and dont fix what aint broke!

  9. I know RDJ IS Iron Man but watching him reminds me of someone, Enrique Iglesias and he’s like… a younger version of RDJ i mean look at the two’s photos together and you’ll just, “oh yeah… they DO seem look the same.” Just saying my thoughts.

  10. tbh i want to watch iron man 4 that starring with robert downey jr.i cant lying to my self,that i really2 sad.
    ROBERT DOWNEY JR is iron man.NOBODY CAN REPLACE RDJ AS TONY STARK!!! maybe i wont watch iron man if the tony stark is not RDJ :)

  11. I have always felt that Robert Downey Jr is Iron Man and Iron Man is Robert Downey Jr. It has seemed like the perfect casting (they could learn a thing or two from Marvel in this regard when casting DC heroes) in terms of his look and voice and just simply the way he handles the dialogue etc. Considering that it costs an arm and a leg to go and look at the big screen, i will seriously think twice about doing so if he is recast – which he most likely will be at some point. Also, to the person who has mentioned Iglesias…are you serious ???

  12. RDJ is the only Iron Man. He’s perfect for the part. Anybody else will ruin it. I mean he was the lead actor in Avengers. That’s probably why it had such a high grossing. It was suppose to be Chris Evans, but RDJ is just better. I bet it won’t make as much if RDJ isn’t playing Tony Stark.

  13. Hmm… someone to play Tony Stark next? …that’s a tough one. If I had to choose… maybe Robert Downey Jr.? I don’t know if anyone’s though of him yet.

  14. Robert Downey Jr Is the Only reason I watched to Begin with. If he’s not Iron Man there’s no more of a reason to watch! I’ve never been into superhero movies or shows. So He makes it worth watching!!!

  15. RDJ is the sole reason I even watch marvel movies I got into these movies hardcore. RDJ is the best and the
    ONLY ironman I will ever watch, and I’m sure a lot of other people feel the same way. RDJ IS IRONMAN. He came in and made it his own. I sincerely hope he does not leave. Or else I most likely won’t watch them.

  16. He should stay it sucks if he leaves

  17. Well, the recast of RDJ is totally disappointing, but if it is inevitable, I personally think maybe Johny Depp?

  18. Your fricken serious? RDJ is the only one who should play Tony Stark. I mean Chris Evans was suppose to be leading actor in Avengers. Guess who became it instead? RDJ. He was one of the biggest reasons why Avengers was such a big hit.

  19. Elon Musk should play Ironman.

  20. I will not acceptance anyone but Robert Downey Jr!!! Do what ever it takes to keep him!

  21. I will not accept anyone but Robert Downey Jr!!! Do what ever it takes to keep him!

  22. I watch Iron Man specifically because or RJD. He gives the character that charismatic it needs. So all you haters go watch something else if you don’t like him!

  23. Robert Downey Jr. will always be Iron Man. I’ve read a lot of Iron Man comics and honestly, RDJ suits the character very well. From the mischievous grin to the cool demeanor, RDJ is truly our TONY STARK/IRON MAN in the real world. He and the character has a deep understanding with each other that its almost like seeing TONY STARK come alive. I wouldn’t want any other actor to play IRON MAN/TONY STARK other than Robert Downey Jr.

  24. I will say this about RDJ, I didn’t even like iron man until he played the part. As a kid iron man was probably one of my least favorite super hero. I didn’t even go watch the first iron man in theaters bc I never cared much for the character. But after watching it on DVD at a friend’s house, I have watched the rest in theaters and own every iron man and the avengers. He my favorite avenger now. And that wouldn’t have happened without Robert Downey Jr. Playing that role.

  25. I won’t see it without him!

    • I COMPLETELY agree! Robert Downey JR is the best actor for Iron Man!

  26. I did security at Comic Com San Diego during the conference for Ironman 3. I personally heard in a interview that Stan Lee said that when he drew up Tony Stark he imagined someone, and that someone happened to be Robert Downey Jr. Many of the comics I’ve seen so far has shown RDJ to look almost as if Stan Lee had seen the future and expected him to be Ironman. Robert Downey Jr IS Ironman. I don’t feel he should be replaced. Especially after hearing stan Lee say he was what he pictured for Ironman/Tony Stark. Besides a movie doesn’t have to follow the comic to the letter. Every actor brings something to the character. Look at Chris Evans playing Jonny Torch and Captain American. Both suited him, but were polar opposite. I also felt the Toby Mcguire play a soft hearted Spider-Man where the kid(don’t know his name) played a darke or rather a more emotional Spider-Man. Each actor makes it their own. To fault them for putting a different personality that the comics didn’t have is like misunderstanding something someone said. You read a comic and the book doesn’t have voices that help with the decision of the character personality. In a movie, however, you have visual and auditory help in deciding how the character personality is. So really you can say that RDJ isn’t right for the role because of the comic, because the comic isn’t the movie. If the creator of the character believes a certain actor fits then what are we doing questioning it. Just enjoy or not. I for one love RDJ as Ironman he has made me love the character so much more than before. Thank you Stan Lee and Other Creators of Ironman/Tony Stark for making my favorite superhero. Second Captain America, third Thor, and War Machine.

  27. Robert Downey Jr is the one and only Iron Man ever. He is Iron Man. He is it, end of story. Just leave it the way it is.

  28. The next ironman could be Bradley Cooper.


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