It could be argued that Robert Downey Jr. is as busy as billionaire Tony Stark, the Marvel Comics character who moonlights as the Avenger Iron Man that Downey, Jr. portrays on the big screen. For that reason, it’s understandable that he might be reluctant to assemble with his fellow Avengers and play Stark in future movies once his contractual obligations are finished.
While in Toronto promoting The Judge, his upcoming film with Robert Duvall that hits theaters next month, Variety posed the question to Downey, Jr. whether a sequel to last year’s Iron Man 3. Fans of Stark’s turn as one of the founding Avengers might feel like they’ve been hit in the gut with one of Stark’s repulsor rays when they read his rely.
“There isn’t one in the pipe,” Downey said. “No, there’s no plan for a fourth Iron Man.”
Downey, Jr. is still under contract to finish his involvement with next year’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the sequel to director Joss Whedon’s 2012 superhero film. Besides Age of Ultron, Downey, Jr. is only legally obligated to complete one more Avengers sequel set for release in 2018 and he could conceivably walk away from the role that began Downey, Jr.’s recent creative revival.
I don’t think I’m alone in saying that it would be somewhat odd seeing someone besides Robert Downey, Jr. don the yellow and red armor. The actor has become so attached to the character of Tony Stark that some fans point to the idea that Stark is essentially Downey, Jr. with a goatee. When the news was announced way back in 2007 that the star of Chaplin and Ally McBeal would portray Ol’ Shell-head for his first live-action outing on the silver screen, I was skeptical. However, with Downey, Jr. playing Stark with the swagger and the pathos so essential for a performance of Iron Man, I hear Downey, Jr.’s voice in my head when reading Iron Man’s dialogue in a comic book.
However, as much as I would love to see Downey, Jr. to continue playing Tony Stark, I can’t really blame the guy. By the time the third Avengers film hits theaters, he’ll have been in the role for over a decade. I’m sure that while he enjoys playing in Marvel’s toybox, he probably wants the opportunity to act in
other roles without having to finagle around Marvel Studios’ shooting schedule.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron just finished filming in the United Kingdom under director Joss Whedon’s guiding hand. Age of Ultron hits theaters May 1, 2015. In addition, be sure to check out Downey, Jr. in The Judge alongside co-star Robert Duvall on October 10, 2014.
In the meantime, let us know who would pick to replace Downey, Jr. as Iron Man should he choose not to sign back up with Disney and Marvel Studios to portray the armor-plated Avenger.