With Robert Downey Jr. as the oldest Avenger, some have wondered exactly how long the actor will play Iron Man. Badass Digest put that question to Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige, who said, “I think Bond is a good example. Let’s put it this way: I hope Downey makes a lot of movies for us as Stark. If and when he doesn’t, and I’m still here making these movies, we don’t take him to Afghanistan and have him wounded again. I think we James Bond it.”
Even though Feige was quick to point out that he wants Downey Jr. to make a lot of movies for them, the part of the story that has spread online is that Downey Jr. could be replaced as Iron Man. And that’s the part of the story that MTV News put to Robert Downey Jr. himself at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Upon hearing the news, Robert Downey Jr. said, “I really hate for someone else to think that they could step into my shoes though.” Then Downey Jr. joked with the interviewer, “I wonder who’s playing Tony Stark next. Is it you? Is that what you’re here to tell me?”
When asked how long he planned to keep playing Iron Man, Downey Jr. said, “Well I know that things are looking like they could go on for a long while. And as usual in my book, it’s all about quality control and delivering a product that we can have this kind of reaction to. If they keep doing that, then maybe I’ll keep showing up.”
As far as revealing other secrets of the upcoming Iron Man 3, Robert Downey Jr. kept things under wraps. He didn’t confirm or deny any casting rumors, rather just saying he would be happy to work with any or all of the actors and actresses mentioned. He also sidestepped whether filming would take place in China. And the interviewer didn’t ask Robert Downey Jr. what he’s been doing in Wilmington, North Carolina for the last week.