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. As much as I like RDJ as tony stark, he is in his 40s and if he doesn’t feel up to doing any more then we should be happy with his decision. We’re no strangers to roles being recast: for example James Bond has had many incarnations over its 50 year run. Bruce Banner was recast with Mark Ruffalo, Dumbledore was recast. It would be sad to see him go, but if I had a choice, maybe Bradley Cooper?

    • No, we are not strangers to recasts, but in 2 out of the 3 cases you mentioned, the original was the best (Original Hulk being Bill Bixby). They were unable to continue doing roles because of death. In James Bond case, the one right after the original was the best. Whoever tried to take anyone’s place in any of these situations just fell short of the glory. Iron Man, if not with RDJ, will simply fade away to a pale glimpse of what it is now.

      • Ironman would never be the same without RJD…that is a fact! Although, if they got someone who could act as well as say, Leo Dicaprio, it might be worth watching?? I don’t think there’s any role he can’t do perfectly. But after RDJ, I don’t know if any amazing actors like him, would even want to try to reinvent Tony Stark. I enjoyed your comment so all of mine are really questions as to your thoughts. Thanks

      • Ironman would never be the same without RJD…that is a fact! Although, if they got someone who could act as well as say, Leo DiCaprio, it might be worth watching?? I don’t think there’s any role he can’t do perfectly. But after RDJ, I don’t know if any amazing actors like him, would even want to try to reinvent Tony Stark

      • Ironman would never be the same without RJD…that is a fact! Although, if they got someone who could act as well as say, Leo DiCaprio, it might be worth watching?? I don’t think there’s any role he can’t do perfectly. But after RDJ, I don’t know if actors like him, would even want to try to reinvent Tony Stark

      • Without RDJ Iron Man wont be the same like he says in his movies he IS Iron Man and no one can take it away from him its impossible he is the best at Iron Man i dont think anyone could do be as great as playing Iron Man as RDJ i think he should stay because without him any more Avengers or Iron Mans it wont be as popular no can play that role as great as him at all it wouldnt be the same with out him at all!!!!!

  2. It will never be the same if they recast Iron Man. Robert Downey Jr. is the right actor to just play Iron Man. He makes Iron Man real, you know what I mean? He fits perfectly as Tony Stark fits perfectly to wear the suit. For me, it will always be Robert Downey Jr.

  3. I really love RDJ! No one can replace him as Iron Man or Tony Stark! Please don’t replace him that would be a big mistake if you replace him. I believe that he won’t let his fans down. I believe that he still has the strength to be iron man! I still believe that he has the passion. I believe that he love his fans! Therefore he won’t let us down. No can ever replace ROBERT DOWNEY JR. AS IRON MAN! I still count on him! If you replace him. It would change the story! He said in Iron Man 3 that you can destroy my house you can blah blah. BUT YOU I WILL ALWAYS BE IRON MAN! Please RDJ DON’T LEAVE YOUR FANS! Hopefully seeing you in AVENGERS 2 and IRON MAN 4! I will always believe that you won’t let me down and your fans! Please don’t give up being IRON MAN! I love you! And someday I wish I can meet you!

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  4. I really love RDJ! No one can replace him as Iron Man or Tony Stark! Please don’t replace him that would be a big mistake if you replace him. I believe that he won’t let his fans down. I believe that he still has the strength to be iron man! I still believe that he has the passion. I believe that he love his fans! Therefore he won’t let us down. No can ever replace ROBERT DOWNEY JR. AS IRON MAN! I still count on him! If you replace him. It would change the story! He said in Iron Man 3 that you can destroy my house you can blah blah. BUT YOU I WILL ALWAYS BE IRON MAN! Please RDJ DON’T LEAVE YOUR FANS! Hopefully seeing you in AVENGERS 2 and IRON MAN 4! I will always believe that you won’t let me down and your fans! Please don’t give up being IRON MAN! I love you! And someday I wish I can meet you!

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  5. I would hate to see Robert Downey Jr retire from being iron man, because he is e best actor for the role he makes tony stark just his look resembles the characters image, and I don’t belive there will be anyone who can do it as well as he can and can’t think of anyone who would be able to fill in his shoes.

  6. Robert Downey Jr is always going to be Iron Man to us but the man is 48 and has a newborn child. He may seem like the image of life but he was hurt on set for Iron Man 3, now do we really want to work him to death? No, so if a recasting is to be made I suggest maybe his 18 year old son Indio Falconer Downey. I mean other than the 50 year old Johnny Depp, I really don’t see anyone who could pull of Robert’s great looks.

  7. Ok All I can about is him being in avengers 2 thts what its leading up too that is all
    I can about he can resign after anengers 2 though no one will be ever be replace by robert
    But its ok maybe someone will play iron man better we all knew that
    This time would came but no one wanted it to com

  8. Ok All I can about is him being in avengers 2 thats what its leading up too that is all
    I can about he can resign after Avengers 2 though no one will be ever be replace by robert
    But its ok maybe someone will play iron man better we all knew that
    This time would came but no one wanted it to com

  9. Please don’t replace RDJ just please help him adjust with him. He’s the only iron man. If you do replace him it would change the story. It woul be different because he said in Iron Man 3 that he would always be iron man. And then if you’d change him it would be like “Okay, that’s so weird.” It seems like unoriginal. And only RDJ can play iron man! I mean he is iron man!

  10. I became a big Indian fan of RDJ from when i watched Iron Man 1, this is the only super hero without any super natural powers fighting against evil apart from Batman. Only RDJ can do the job of Iron Man and non other can fit his shoes for Iron Man. Please do not replace him…….

  11. dont replace RDJ please, if he cant do it then just let JARVIS do the thing and RDJ will only command JARVIS… but please let RDJ be the iron man for the last fight in avengers 2… RDJ is tony stark and he is absolutely IRON MAN…

  12. Please don’t quit being iron man! I will probably never watch it again if you quit, and probably so will the rest of the fans! RDJ is the best and is the only Iron Man/Tony stark! I am in love with RDJ! RDJ is the only reason I watch The Avengers, he makes Marvel movies so much better becuase he is just amazing. Please just stay to do Avengers 2 and Iron Man 4 <3 xxx

  13. I’m not sure anyone can replace Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man. I would like him to play Iron Man for a couple more pictures, he’s fantastic in the role of tony stark. If he steps down from the role i would like to see “Johnny Depp” play tony stark

  14. Robert Downey Jr. IS IRON MAN

  15. Robert Downey Jr. IS IRON MAN.

  16. James Bond and Tony stark are 2 different apples on the same tree. When you give the audience a dedicated actor like Robert, and he delivers not one or two great movies but 4 movies all out of the same company. Marvel was lost to people. With the failure of previous super hero movies whether it be DC or Marvel. People thought very little of the release of Iron Man. But when the movie held its own, proving to people that there was still hope to rekindle peoples imaginations around super heros. Making people from ages 5 to 70 feel free to imagine and dream yet again. And this was all thanks to Roberts face and performance catching out hearts and minds and nurturing back to life. So without Robert, any following movie will have fans eagerly watching. And if the new guy messes up…it will be over for Iron Man. Troy was a magnificent undestructible place, free from harm. But once they let in something new, let in changes. What happened, the mighty city fell. Robert is Troys undestructable walls and defenses, without him, can you really and honestly rely on the newer marvel actors to provide the raw passionate and emotional grasp that Robert provides. He might be getting older, but so are many other actors. But you know what, Robert is creating the image of becoming the wise older actor that any viewer loves to see. Honestly, if Robert stops now, he will regret staying on for the ride that is infinit possibilities. So for the sake of providing grade A work. Robert should at least stick around to the grande conclusion of the Avengers. Then he can hold his head high because he will deliver a gift to us that would be well worth it. It would say he truly cares about his profession and those who watch and admire him.

  17. At this point, RDJ pretty much has a blank check from Marvel. The sad truth is, he’s going to have to retire at some point. I hope they allow RDJ to hand pick his successor.

    That being said, I’m predicting that RDJ has at least 3 more movies in him. Another Stand-alone Iron man movie along with Avengers 2/3. Trilogies are ever popular in hollywood these days…so who knows…maybe he’ll sign on for another six years and stick around for another Iron Man Trilogy. That’s wishful thinking though.

    His fans love him too much, and he cares too much about Stark to just give up the role unless it’s absolutely getting too taxing on him.

  18. If you read the comics rdj and tony stark are very similar as far as personality, addictions, and attitude. If tony stark is iron man then rdj is tony stark. Recasting would be a bad idea. Marvel should just give him what he wants because rdj is the backbone of the marvel universe. Any departure from that wold be a giant let down for the fans. If Paltrow doesn’t want to do it anymore fine replace her with Amy Adams or some other redhead out there, but rdj needs to stay in this role, for the fans. Any actor who is worried about type casting should just stay away form good movies and do b-flicks or porn.

  19. robert downey jr was born to play iron man

  20. Iron man 3 emphasized a lot on remote controlled suits… Maybe he’ll be on the sidelines coaching the fight and that way he’s still talking sh*t and helping the avengers with his intellect.. Maybe they can kill off Samuel a Jackson’s sh*tty rendition if fury and he can be director or shield when it’s needed.. Just guessing

  21. Iron man 3 emphasized a lot on remote controlled suits… Maybe he’ll be on the sidelines coaching the fight and that way he’s still talking smack and helping the avengers with his intellect.. Maybe they can kill off Samuel a Jackson’s crappy rendition if fury and he can be director or shield when it’s needed.. Just guessing

  22. Iron man 3 emphasized a lot on remote controlled suits… Maybe he’ll be on the sidelines coaching the fight and that way he’s still talking smack and helping the avengers with his intellect.. Maybe they can kill off Samuel a Jackson’s crappy rendition if fury and he can be director or shield when it’s needed..

  23. YOU CAN NOT REPLACE ROBERT HE PLAYA THE CHARACTER BEST! DOESNT MATTER HIS AGE HES AMAZING RENEW HIS CONTRACT GET HIS ASS BACK IN THE SUIT. WE DONT NEED ANOTHER BATMAN SCENARIO WHERE U CHANGE THE GUY EVERY MOVIE. EITHER RDJ OR MY NEXT REVIEW WILL BE ITS WORST!

  24. YOU CAN NOT REPLACE ROBERT HE PLAYA THE CHARACTER BEST! DOESNT MATTER HIS AGE HES AMAZING RENEW HIS CONTRACT GET HIS BUTT BACK IN THE SUIT. WE DONT NEED ANOTHER BATMAN SCENARIO WHERE U CHANGE THE GUY EVERY MOVIE. EITHER RDJ OR MY NEXT REVIEW WILL BE ITS WORST!

  25. YOU CAN NOT REPLACE ROBERT HE PLAYS THE CHARACTER BEST! DOESNT MATTER HIS AGE HES AMAZING RENEW HIS CONTRACT GET HIM BACK IN THE SUIT. WE DONT NEED ANOTHER BATMAN SCENARIO WHERE U CHANGE THE GUY EVERY MOVIE. EITHER RDJ OR MY NEXT REVIEW WILL BE ITS WORST!

  26. Without RDJ Iron Man wont be the same like he says in his movies he IS Iron Man and no one can take it away from him its impossible he is the best at Iron Man i dont think anyone could do be as great as playing Iron Man as RDJ i think he should stay because without him any more Avengers or Iron Mans it wont be as popular no can play that role as great as him at all it wouldnt be the same with out him at all!!!!!

  27. I wouldn’t watch the films with a recast. It’s fine when you are rebooting a franchise, but switching up a primary character at this point would kill the series. No one is going to be able to live up to RDJ’s Tony Stark, at least, not within this iteration.

  28. Robert Downey Jr. played the part really well.He couldn’t be replaced easily.Well,if the time is already right,why not?Try reading the comics.Tony Stark will be replaced by his son.So that would be a perfect cut for his(RDJ) career as Tony.They should just wait for that perfect moment.And I think when that movie comes,I have a perfect Stark for that role.I would say Johnny Depp could play the part of Tony Stark’s son.I believe he would be perfect for another Ironman sequel.He does his every role perfect.And he’s intelligent too.Perfect for playing the role of a Stark.

  29. Robert Downey Jr. played the part really well.He couldn’t be replaced easily.Well,if the time is already right,why not?Try reading the comics.Tony Stark will be replaced by his son.So that would be a perfect cut for his(RDJ) career as Tony.They should just wait for that perfect moment.And I think when that movie comes,I have a perfect Stark for that role.I would say Johnny Depp could play the part of Tony Stark’s son.I believe he would be perfect for another Ironman sequel.He does his every role perfect.

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