Out of all the Marvel comic book movies that have hit the screens over the years, none of the actors present embody their character better than Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark, the invincible Iron Man. It’s a role that he’s been playing since Iron Man first burst onto the scene back in 2008, that has seen two sequels and a big screen team movie in the form of The Avengers accompany it.
With the third Iron Man film on the way, ol’ RDJ is finally done with his contractual obligations to Marvel and Disney, but that doesn’t mean that they’re done with him, as they want him for a few more years yet. Something that Downey himself isn’t even sure about doing.
“Let’s just say the only thing I ever let go of had claw marks in it,” Downey Jr. said to Empire, as he spoke about the role that he has owned over the last five years. “There’s a little bit of soul reclamation going on. I feel that the first time I played Tony, I did it best. Sorry!
The affinity with Tony now is: how do you sustain something? I’m not stupid, I like to play ball, I love the company, I love the character, and the business side of things, I’m not too picky about that, either.
Thing is, Downey is aware that in time, audiences get grow sick of his snarky mug on the screen, and he’s more than willing to let someone else take over if he see’s the welcome mat being pulled out from under him;
It would probably be the best thing in the world for me. You know, ego… but sometimes ego just has to be smashed. Let’s see what happens. I take audiences very seriously – I feel bad when I see folks doing movies and the audience is like, ‘Don’t do that anymore.’ I don’t have to overstay my welcome.
I dug Downey as Iron Man so far, as he brings personal life experiences to that role that just work brilliantly. Still, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing, and hopefully, with Iron Man 3 out and done in May, we’ll get to see Downey take a well deserved break from the role.
Just in time for Avengers 2, then 3, then those tie-in movies and those cameos…