With filming on "Iron Man 3" about to get underway, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has given a hint at the future of the franchise.
Bad Ass Digest asked Feige late last week what would happen if Downey decided to leave the franchise, and Feige hinted they'd like recast rather than reboot.
"I think [pre-Casino Royale] 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."
Then on the weekend, MTV News asked Downey what he thought about being recast.
"I would really hate for someone else to think they could step into my shoes. I wonder who's playing Tony Stark next.… I know things are looking like that they could go on for a long while. As usual in my book, it's all about quality control and delivering a product that you can have this kind of reaction to. If they keep doing that, maybe I'll keep showing up" says the actor.
The back-and-forth quoting comes as "The Avengers" opened in a lot of international territories over the weekend and has already racked up a whopping $178 million in global ticket sales.