Downey Jr. On Eventually Departing Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr. once again reprises his role of Tony Stark/Iron Man in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” opening this week, a film that goes beyond his original Marvel Studios contract.

The 52-year-old actor has suggested before that he’s ready to retire from the role some time in the near future, and speaking with News.Com.Au this week he says he is quite wary of outstaying his welcome in the role:

“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.

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 (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.”

Downey Jr. also spoke about how he was lured into doing ‘Homecoming’ and says it was director Jon Watts’ work on 2015’s “Cop Car” that got him interested. However, once they got to work on the film he really clicked with how this was akin to his first outing in the MCU:

“I felt like we were literally back in the writer’s room on the first Iron Man movie. So there was a real sense of a homecoming toward this, not experimental, because there is so much more data now and the process is so much more streamlined, but I didn’t feel like I was being asked to just fit in somewhere. They wanted us to bring our own little thing.”

Marvel is currently prepping a “Spider-Man: Homecoming” sequel which its confirmed will not feature Iron Man, though another major MCU character is expected to serve in a similar sized-role in the follow-up. That film is due out mid-2019.