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.

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Source: Empire [via Comic Book Movie]

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  1. wif* …. wrong word, i meant to say *without

    • I prefere Robert playing the role of Mr. Stark, but I do understand if he is tired and would like to move on. I believe Taylor Lautner would be an excellent replacement.

      • I agree with your coment Maya and I think Taylor Lautner would make a good Iron Man.

        • You have got to be kidding me -.-
          Taylor Lautner would not stand a chance as Iron man. Not following Robert Downey Jr. Not if he had started out as him. Not Ever.
          You have to realize there is a whole comic related world to please, not just in the film industry. It would not go down well with Comic Readers to replace Rob with a underqualified, skilless piece of eyecandy who does not stack up to the original character at all.
          Plus, like previously stated he is a crappy actor, i doubt it would go down well in the film industry either. It would be the end of an era of amazing superheros and would be a big blow to Marvel.
          No. Just no.

    • KEEP ROBERT DOWNEY JR. I CAN’T SEE ANYONE THAT CAN BE COOL AND HAVE THE EGO FOR IRON MAN, GREAT ACTOR AND GREAT PERSON FOR THE ROLE. TRY TO KEEP HIM. IT;S GOOD TO SEE FAMILY OUT TO THE MOVIES DOING FAMILY WATCHING GOOD FIGHT WITH THE EVIL.. I JUST ENJOY ALL IRON MAN HAVE DONE. DONNA

  2. Well if they intend on doing a massive Universe with many many films, then we have to expect recasts as difficult as they may be. We could have dozens of films and there is no way the current actors will stay throughout all of them.

  3. DONT GET RID OF HIM!!!!!

  4. :’(

  5. Please,Please DONT recast Ironman !!!Robert Downey Jr.is the 1 &only who can play this part!!!

  6. There is n0 one better playing the role of ironman than ROBERT DOWNEY JR.i wish and hope that it still him,who is goin to be ironman

  7. There is n0 one better playing the role of ironman than robert downey jr.i wish and hope that it still him,who is goin to be ironman.that man inspires me a lot

  8. To all the people saying he’s the only one able to play Tony Stark, how do you know? You’ve never seen anyone else try.

    I thought Toby Maguire was the only person who could play Peter Parker, then Andrew Garfield came a long and smashed it!

    • Yeah….smashed it in a garbage crusher.

      Andrew Garfield was one of the worst parts of TASM.

    • Why recast? there’s so many avengers just add Antman

    • Pretty much what he said, the Amazing Spider-man has to be one of the worst big budget superhero flicks ever! Great effects, poor story telling and characters…where have you ever seen the Lizard portrayed looking like one the goombas from the Mario Bro movie? No way, the sooner they kill off this version the better, I’m already sick of their vision.

    • yeah, you kinda made your point… but the thing is, why bother to recast, when the actor is still welcomed for his role. I think he is good for another 3 or 4 Avengers-related movie.

  9. He is the best. I don´t want that Tony Stark had to play by someone other than Robert Downey Jr.

  10. NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Just finished watching avengers assemble has to be the best super hero movie I’ve seen ever
    When I heard Robert downy Jr might not be tony stark/ iron man my stomach turned I felt sick I don’t know how they can’t keep him he is now an iconic symbol a living personification of tony stark if he gets changed the replacement will have big shoes to fill but also will of lost out on a fan as I will not watch an avenger film without any of the original founding members and that goes for the invincible armoured iron man ( Robert downy Jr) Thor the prince of thunder (hemsworth) the hulk the strongest hero there is (rufflow) and captain America the first avenger (evens)

  12. Recasting his part, but keeping everyone else the same, would be awful. Imagine if someone else had played Han Solo but Luke and Lea were still played by Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.

  13. How can they recast THE Tony Stark? NO. Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as Iron Man or I’m not watching.

  14. Robert Downey Jr is Iron Man

  15. no one will enjoy avengers two or any future ironman with out robert downey jr he is tony stark no else could come even remotely close in being as perfect as him that role was meant for him only keep him or it will not be an success for marvel!

  16. i think if they won’t have RDJ they shoul just get rid of iron man from Avengers 2 altogether

  17. Robert Downey Jr. can’t be replaced. Just like what he said in Iron Man 2.

    “I am Iron Man. The suit and I are one”.
    -Robert Downey Jr./ Iron Man/ Tony Stark

    • Sign my petition to keep RDJ as Ironman!!!!! Spread it around let’s show him we want him back

      https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/create/5176e873cde5b8d33a00000a

      • GREAT ACTOR .I SAW THE AVENGER MOVIE BECAUSE OF IRON MAN. SET THE RECORD NOW. MR R. DOWNEY JR. TAKE HIM AWAY, AND I THINK THE OTHERS MOVIES COMING DON’T HAVE A CHANCE TO STAND. IRON MAN IS UP DATED WITH THE CHILDREN AND FAMILY MEMBERS. BRING IN THE OTHERS THEY ONLY PLAY PART TO HELP WITH THE NEW WORLD OF TODAY. DON’T LEAVE IRON MAN WITH ANOTHER ACTOR. WE GOT ONE ROBERT DOWNEY JR. GREAT JOB . DONNA

    • And at the very (before credits) end of IM3: “I…am Iron Man” *CUT TO BLACK*

  18. I saw THE AVENGERS and saw it just because of Robert Downey jr.

    I mean …..who else can play tony stark other than THE GREAT RDJ..??

    It is he who keeps the avengers and the iron man series alive and hope HE WOULD NOT LEAVE HIS PART AS TONY STARK !!

    LOVE U RDJ !!!! :)

  19. I saw THE AVENGERS and saw it just because of Robert Downey jr.

    I mean …..who else can play tony stark other than THE GREAT RDJ..??

    It is he who keeps the avengers and the iron man series alive and the audience happy !

    LOVE U RDJ !!!! :)

  20. I saw THE AVENGERS and saw it just because of Robert Downey jr.
    I mean …..who else can play tony stark other than THE GREAT RDJ..??
    It is he who keeps the avengers and the iron man series alive and the audience happy !

    LOVE U RDJ !!!! :)

  21. Sign my petition to keep RDJ as Ironman!!!!! Spread it around let’s show him we want him back

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/create/5176e873cde5b8d33a00000a

  22. THERE IS NO WAY IRON MAN CAN BE PLAYED BY ANYONE BUT ROBERT DOWNEY JR OMG HE IS LIKE SO AMAZING I SWEAR I DONT KNOW WHAT HE IS THINKING HE SHOULD STAY FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE HE IS MOST DEFINETELY NOT OVERSTAYING HIS WELCOME I LOVE ROBERT DOWNEY JR RDJ 4 EVER

  23. Robert Downey Jr. is one of the best actors out there. He’s up there with Johnny Depp in my opinion. No one can play Tony Stark as well as he can. If he gets recast then I’ll most likely stop watching. DO. NOT. RECAST. HIM!

  24. Please , please please keep playing tony stark no one and i mean no one but Robert Downy Jr can play Tony Stark , we are not tired of you no do i think we can be, Avengers 2 with out the real Iron man will not be the same, please play tony stark for a forth time in the Avengers 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. I was thinking the young lad he meets in iron man 3 could be brought up to be tony starks apprentice.How about that?

    • Ironlad!

  26. IRONBOY

  27. I’m just saying, he will have enemies, even if he doesn’t know it, being close to Stark, he should have armorable capabilities.

  28. Please keep Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man , he brings
    Life into the character. He is the best Iron man .

  29. I HOPE MR. DOWNEY JR. STAY WITH IRON MAN ….. DONNA

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