Here's What May Happen to Iron Man After 'Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1'

Here's What May Happen to Iron Man After 'Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1'

Mar 18, 2016

Many superhero characters are recast on a regular basis, and it's not that big of a deal. Just look at how many incarnations of Superman and Batman we've seen in the last 30 years leading up to next week's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice showdown. But others are not going to have their actors swapped out so easily.

Iron Man is one such character, and in a recent interview with Forbes (via /Film), Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War directors Anthony and Joe Russo addressed what is likely to happen when Robert Downey Jr. is done playing the hero he made famous. Here are the answers to all your questions about that:

Is Robert Downey Jr. doing a fourth Iron Man movie?

The actor recently told USA Today he doesn't think it's in the cards. "In a way it’s 'Cap 3 but for me it’s like my little 'Iron Man 4,'" he said of the upcoming Civil War

How much longer will he play the character in the MCU?

As /Film points out, Downey's contract goes through "The Avengers 3," which is now technically Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1. Whether or not he's agreed to also be in Avengers: Infinity War - Part 2 is unknown.

If Downey is done when his contract is up, will he be replaced?

Joe Russo had to say on the likelihood of recasting Tony Stark/Iron Man: "It’s almost impossible to replace Robert. He’s the biggest movie star in the world. One close-up from Robert is worth another actor’s entire performance. He’s incredibly gifted and insanely talented."

So what would happen to the character?

Joe, again: "If and when he is done with the character, I think you will find that Iron Man might disappear for a while."

How long is a while?

And more from Joe: "I think the only way that you could reboot that character is to give a generational gap that would allow another actor to at least have a chance to redefine that character without the enormous specter of Robert hanging over it."

Marvel is okay retiring the huge character that literally started the era of the MCU?

Ultimately, Joe believes "there are so many characters in the Marvel universe that can pick up the ball and run without it through the next phase or two before you need to see Iron Man again, frankly."

Isn't this kind of ironic since the MCU just recast Spider-Man once again?

Joe has an answer for this response, too: "There are a couple of key factors here. One of them is that he’s back in the Marvel Universe, he’s interacting with characters that you’ve never seen him interact [with] before ... The cons are obviously fatigue but the pros are that it could potentially be a really invigorating piece of storytelling and a catalyzing interpretation of the character."




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