It appears that Robert Downey Jr. is not long for the Marvel cinematic universe: the veteran Tony Stark/Iron Man actor has indicated that he will soon bow out of the iconic role that he has personified since 2008 so that he can end on a high note.
Downey hinted that the motives behind his departure are rooted in both personal and public matters, News Corp Australia Network reported. He described his current life situation as “very conducive to having children” and noted that he has already appeared in enough superhero movies to potentially wear some longtime fans out.
“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 (Avengers directors Anthony and Joe) Russos, who I adore.”
“Everyone says to me it’s like a glove that fits so well,” he continued. “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.”
As for whether Downey would be replaced by another actor – 21-year-old Tom Holland recently took the Spiderman torch that Tobey Maguire handed to Andrew Garfield way back when – or if Tony Stark will perish in one of the upcoming movies, the actor did not speculate.
But we’ll at least get a chance to see Downey’s Iron Man in next year’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” which will see the Avengers join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to take down Thanos (Josh Brolin).