Not even Iron Man can deny that the movie industry is saturated with superhero and comic book films.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Robert Downey Jr. opened up about his past six years bringing Tony Stark to life. As the conversation shifted towards his possible involvement in future Iron Man or Avengers films, Downey Jr. expressed his fatigue with the current abundance of comic films.
“Honestly, the whole thing is just showing the beginning signs of fraying around the edges,” Downey Jr. told the newspaper. “It’s a little bit old. Last summer there were five or seven different ones out.”
Downey Jr. didn’t start Hollywood’s fascination with caped tentpoles, but he certainly helped bring it to the current zeitgeist. Since 2008, Downey Jr. has appeared in four different superhero films—the Iron Man trilogy, and The Avengers—and grossed more than $2 billion from them. In fact, it was Iron Man that helped resuscitate his flagging career and elevate him to A-list celebrity status. And with his leading role in Avengers: Age of Ultron next summer, he’s certainly not helping to stem the flow of comic book films.
But hey, when you play the world’s leading genius, billionaire, playboy, and philanthropist, you can pretty much say whatever you want.