Robert Downey Jr., who is only signed on through Avengers: Age of Ultron, took a surprising stance when it comes to his -- and others' -- future in Marvel projects. And given what we heard this morning about Bradley Cooper playing Indiana Jones instead of Harrison Ford, it sounds like Downey could just be speaking the truth.
"The smart money is you have to look at everybody’s age,” he said to Variety.
“I’ll put myself at the top of the list. Sooner or later, they’ve got to start over and get somebody young. I’m not there with them yet."
Although Downey hasn’t said he would not do an Iron Man 4, we tend to get the feeling from recent press conferences and interviews that Avengers: Age of Ultron may be the last time you see him in the Iron Man suit. Although, yes, he is the oldest of the bunch, he is in fantastic shape and easily could play Tony Stark for another few years.
Perhaps Downey is just being the wise one. Or, he’s the person who just has the guts to admit what everyone is thinking.
It’s true, he cannot play Stark and Iron Man forever. And although Chris Evans is signed for nine, count ‘em nine, Captain America appearances, there’s something to be said for these roles being bigger than the actors who play them.
It’s been that way for James Bond. And with James Bond 24 filming this October, that model seems to work.
Perhaps the day is over of seeing a character “retire” from the screen as the actor who is most known for playing them walks away from the part. Then again, athletes rarely retire with the team that made them famous anymore. Maybe it just took time for Hollywood to follow that model.
We hope that Downey doesn't go anywhere soon, as he is largely why Iron Man is one of our 27 favorite movie heroes!