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]

TAGS: iron man, iron man 3, the avengers 2

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  1. Jim Parsons from “The Big Bang Theory” would make an interesting alternative.

  2. Wth??? What about the amazing spider man 2???!!!

  3. It would be impossible to recast the role of Robert Downey’s Jr TONY STARK/IRON MAN. The thing is when u see Tony U see Iron Man. He penash made thr charachter what is to make the switch now would hurt the franchise not making bankable as it was with Robert Downey because in order to sell the franchise the audience must belive in the performance.
    must belive in the perfo

    • We need you nobody can play the role of Ironman like you. If you leave Ironman will never be the same.

  4. Noooo! Don’t leave!!

  5. Me sadsta

  6. RDJ is LITERALLY perfect for Iron Man. THERE IS NO REPLACEMENT. No one can be like what he is. (Duh). So i really hope he stays for the next avengers. I was hoping to see it! :(

  7. RDJ should never BE replaced!

  8. Johnny depp or Jeffrey dean Morgan would be perfect replacements.

  9. I dont even know how to being to here that robert Downey jr. Is not going to come back to role in iron 4. The frist thing after seeing iron man 3 my 5 year old says mami he’s making part 4 right??? At frist i didnt know what to say to him but after waiting on the end and it says iron man will return, oh man i wish you would of seen his face. I’ve have always love seeing Roberts movie going up he is an terrific actor truly do love him . I hope he doesn’t let us fans down. It wouldn’t be fare for the kids that have seen robert Downey jr. Play the role of iron man not be him. Also for my son that really thinks your iron man…lol i hope you change your mind thank you and god bless robert Downey jr. Aka iron man…… :)

  10. I would really hate to not see Robert Downey Jr. not play Iron Man. He made us believe in Iron Man. But, if RDJ does not come back to play Iron Man 4, I think Tom Welling could play Tony Stark’s long lost son. I know he was Superman in Smallville, but I really think he would do a great job.

  11. As it says in the movie, He is Iron Man, I would not go to see Avengers 2 or another Iron Man if Robert Downey Jr. was not Tony Stark. You can not replace someone who has built the movie franchise for Iron Man from the bottom. I was worried when it came out because I use to be addicted to the Iron Man comics but I was put to ease after seeing Robert Downey Jr. in the first Iron Man.

  12. If they recast Stark so many kids are going to be confused lol

  13. Robert Downey Jr. Doesn’t need to be recasted. They dont Need to do more Iron Man films. Just bring him in with either more cameos and crossovers. More team up movies. Not Avengers per say, maybe just a Captain America and Iron Man Team up like little things like that. Idk. I hate recasting cause it causes the illusion to go away. Like when Bruce Banner was recasted in-between movies, at first I was meh but it turned out great. Then again. So its possible, but unlikely with Downeys success to be recasted. He is Iron Man..

  14. Robert is the whole movie he is Toney Stark and he os Iron Man there can be no other i feel of Iron Man 4 is.made with out him…then there is no point to make it. i know i wouldnt wat h it without Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. amd neither woould others

  15. Robert is the whole movie he is Toney Stark and he is Iron Man there can be no other i feel if Iron Man 4 is.made with out him…then there is no point to make it. i know i wouldnt want to watch it without Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. and neither woould others

  16. Robert is the whole movie he is Toney Stark and he is Iron Man there can be no other i feel if Iron Man 4 is.made with out him…then there is no point to make it. i know i wouldnt watch it without Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man andneither woould others

  17. RDJ is perfect for Tony Stark. All the flair and personality. Sure other people would do well enough…but unless the role isn’t fun to play anymore it would be sad to see anyone else step in. It would be the same with Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. Some people are born for certain roles. I hope RDJ doesn’t leave.

  18. So basically they abandoned the Incredible Hulk?

  19. ooh.no.no.please! No one could ever replace Robert in his role as Tony Stark. He is destined, and the only man capable of doing such movies.. Please, no recasting. Because, he himself is Iron man.

  20. We need you. Nobody can play the role of Ironman like you. If you leave Ironman will not be the same

  21. We need you nobody can play the role of Ironman better. If you leave Ironman will never be the same

    • RDJ, you are “Iron Man”, no one else should play your character that made billions of fans love iron man even more. You are the only person to play as Iron Man. Please I hope you stay longer than avengers 2. Iron man RULES!!! DON’T LEAVE

    • RDJ, you are “Iron Man”, no one else should play your character that made billions of fans love iron man even more. You are the only person to play as Iron Man. Please I hope you stay longer than avengers 2. Iron man RULES!!! DON’T LEAVE

    • RDJ, you are “Iron Man”, no one else should play your character that made billions of fans love iron man even more. You are the only person to play as Iron Man. Please I hope you stay longer than avengers 2. Iron man RULES!!! DON’T LEAVE

    • RDJ, you are “Iron Man”, no one else should play your character that made billions of fans love iron man even more. You are the only person to play as Iron Man. Please I hope you stay longer than avengers 2. Iron man RULES!!! DON’T LEAVE

    • RDJ, you are “Iron Man”, no one else should play your character that made billions of fans love iron man even more. You are the only person to play as Iron Man. Please I hope you stay longer than avengers 2. Iron man RULES!!! DON’T LEAVE

  22. I would hate to lose RDJ, but if I had to recast Tony Stark my vote goes to John Travolta. All he needs is a goatee and to shed a few pounds (and Hollywood has great trainers).

  23. Stop making more Iron Man movies if you can’t have RDJ.

  24. I do not wish to see anyone else cast as Iron Man but Robert Downey Jr. He is what makes the character great in the movie world.

  25. Iron Man would not be as successful as it is if Iron Man was anyone else. Robert Downey Jr is a genuinely LIKEABLE person. There aren’t many actors I’ve seen that light up the screen the way Robert Downey Jr does. As soon as I see him, I see heads immediately turn towards him. In all honesty, he’s carrying much of the success of the Iron Man trilogy on his shoulders. Again, these movies would NEVER be as successful if the casting was different. If the sequels to the third star anyone other than Robert Downey Jr, I can GUARANTEE that they wouldn’t be as successful in ANY aspect compared to the first three. Robert Downey Jr is what makes Iron Man so lively and so… GREAT.

  26. No Robert Downey Jr = No Iron Man they screwed up Batman, Spiderman and the like by changing the lead character. If Robert Downey Jr doesn’t continue to play Tony Stark then I will never see another Iron Man movie again, which is a shame as I truly enjoy this series of movies.

  27. Ummmm no. RDJ is perfect for Ironman. I will never watch another ironman movie if it’s played by someone else. He can’t be replaced. We need you, RDJ. Please don’t leave. We love you!!

  28. My friends and i swear we wouldn’t watch Avengers 2 or Iron Man 4 if it is not Robert Downey Jr., like Stan Lee(creator of Marvel) said this guy(pointing to RDJ) was born to be Tony Stark, RDJ i’m one of your greatest fans i’d do anything just to meet you

  29. The reason they wouldn’t put out an official street date just yet, is because they don’t want people to react like @2movieguys did, and wait to rent it. They want people to be left in the dark as to when it’s released so they can get people to go and see it multiple times. So in the end it could still be released on 8/27, but I’m thinking it’ll either be released on either 9/24, 10/1, or 10/29 right before “Thor2″ is released to get people hyped for that. If indeed it does come out on 8/27, I’ll be very surprised.

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