Robert Downey Jr. Talks Iron Man Armor Obsolescence vs. The Vision

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In The Avengers, six heroes came together to defend New York from the Asgardian Loki and his army of alien invaders. Only half of the heroes were “super” in the traditional sense and of the remaining three, Iron Man was the exception thanks to the advanced armored and weaponized suits at his disposal.

Iron Man’s abilities stem from the technology and weapon systems developed by Tony Stark and his Stark Industries and on the field of battle, he can fly, take damage and launch a multitude of offensive abilities. What happens when another Avenger enters the fray, with the same abilities of flight, strength, durability and ranged weaponry, but is inherently stronger and faster?

As it turns out, we’ll find out in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, when several new characters potentially join the roster. There are the super-powered “twins” Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch and there’s The Vision, played by Paul Bettany. In Marvel Comics, The Vision is rather omnipotent. He can fly, phase through objects, regenerate, manipulate energy, interface with tech and more. And he can do it all naturally fan faster than the best Iron Man suits can.

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The Comic-Con exclusive concept art character posters for The Avengers 2 teased Vision’s abilities to fly and from talking with Paul Bettany’s about Vision’s other powers, he confirmed the character’s strength and ability to “change density.” When we met Robert Downey Jr. at Comic-Con last week we took the opportunity to followup on this and ask him if Iron Man’s armor becomes obsolete at the introduction of The Vision.

“Well that’s always the risk and it’s also always the challenge. What happens if the armor is obsolete? Wow. Because you know in Iron Man 3 we made his own personal engine room obsolete but it was for a character reason so obviously it’s character that drives the questions and answers and I think that’s something that only Marvel has really been able to do exquisitely so far.”

Is timing running out for RDJ’s Tony Stark in the MCU with his contract ending after The Avengers 2 & 3 or are you hoping Disney and Marvel sign him for Iron Man 4 or a supporting role in future films?

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The Vision is a creation of Ultron who’s a creation of Tony Stark and the familiar artificial intelligence known as J.A.R.V.I.S. is the through line of it all. Could The Vision serve as a partial replacement for Iron Man in future films?


More: ‘The Avengers 2′ Comic-Con 2014 Trailer Description


Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, Captain America 3 on May 6 2016, and unannounced films for July 8 2016 and May 5 2017, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on July 28 2017, November 3 2017, May 4 2018, July 6 2018, November 2 2018 and May 3 2019.

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  1. Of all the charachters in the MCU, IronMan is by far the easiest to recast with a new actor. In fact they already have in having 2 other armored characters appear in the movies so far.

    • You have to be joking? The reason a lot of average movie-watching people like the Marvel franchise and pay to see their films at the cinema is largely because of Robert Downey Jr. in the role as Iron Man. Without his charisma, many of us would have lost interest, or never bothered watching even, a long time ago. The films are interesting to me and keep me entertained because of the amusing banter and the well-cast actors, with RDJ easily being the most important member of the cast. The action is also important, but it’s almost 50-50 with the dialogue and casting, which each play an important role.

    • thats Dumb if they replace ironman. They should keep him as top 3 superheroes

    • Thats the stupidest thing Ive heard. If you think you can just replace Robert Downey Jr, youre drinking silly-cider.There is a reason why he is so well liked in the movies…because he’s GOOD. Imagine Ben Affleck as Tony Stark….. ya. Sucks.

  2. The Ultron is created by Hank Pym aka Ant-man.

    • Not in this film, man.

  3. Time to bust out the Bleeding Edge Armor – do it now!

  4. You cant be serious? Replacing the best avenger? I am pretty sure he is the longest running avenger member in the comics. Not to mention the favorite of fans (yes yes others like thor are badass BUT i promise if you were to take a poll of people Ironman and RBJ more specifically is the favorite). Not only is ironman a badass Downey is a masterful actor who plays the roll excellently and throws in lots of humor. It would be a huge mistake to ever cut Ironman and RBJ from the films. Also in the comics his suits just keep getting better. He is always on the avengers and any time he runs into a challenge or limitation with his suit he over comes it.

  5. I’m sure that if you ask the majority of people who is the best person in the role of IRON MAN I’m sure they ll say one name ROBERT DOWNEY JR,i don’t mean to but DRJ plays the role even better in the movie than the usual iron man in the cartoon,and bet on that everyone will agree with me and the very idea of replacing him drives all IRON MAN fans MAD!

  6. Remember when Robert Downey Jr acted in real movies?