Robert Downey Jr. has been playing Tony Stark/Iron Man since 2008, and has played him in eight movies including Spider-Man: Homecoming. He’ll also appear in two more Avengers movies. I’m sure some people can’t hear the word iron without picturing his face. But it might not always be like that.
While speaking to News.com.au about Spider-Man: Homecoming, He admitted that he loves the character and he’s only showing up if the situation surrounding it looks good.
“It’s this cyclical thing. 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.”
But he doesn’t want to wear out his welcome. There’s only so much arrogant Tony Stark one-liners the Marvel Universe needs.
“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 (Marvel 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.”
There are some online rumors that Tony Stark/Iron Man will tap out in a future Avengers movie. And let’s face it, it’s not like RDJ needs the money that would come from a dozen more Iron Man appearances. Maybe he can take a break for a couple years, and come back to do elderly Iron Man? I think I speak for all of us when I say I’m curious to see how the iron suit might react with a steel hip replacement.