Robert Downey Jr. Won’t Be Iron Man Forever…

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People have been really excited about the new Spider-Man: Homecoming movie but there might be one reason to be concerned – Tom Holland’s youthful performance seems to have rattled Robert Downey Jr. a little and he’s already talking about making sure he leaves Iron Man before he gets too rusty.

Robert Downey Jr.

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The first Iron Man hit theaters back in 2008 and, really, RDJ was the perfect age to take on that role. It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 10 years and, while his fans might not see any obvious signs of wear and tear, the actor has probably noticed a difference in his performance. He will be donning his suit for an eighth time when Avengers: Infinity Wars hits theaters but will it be the last time?

“It’s this cyclical thing,” Downey said. ”I could have said when the first Avengers came out: ‘It’s never going to get any better than that. Everybody stop.’ But to me it’s always about people and opportunities, like the Russos [Avengers directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo], who I adore.”

“Everyone says to me it’s like a glove that fits so well. I have to start over every time but I am starting over with a pretty solid base. I just never want to blow it for the last six or seven [MCU movies] I have done by dropping the ball because I decided to go do it one more time. I just want to hang up my jersey before it’s embarrassing.”

It’s hard to imagine that anything RDJ does *these days* could be embarrassing but we will respect his views. Hopefully, he won’t quit any time soon. The Marvel Cinematic Universe still has a long way to go and the DC Comics franchises are finally improving (thanks to Wonder Woman). We need a mature, established character like Tony Stark to keep things grounded!

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