Following on from quotes earlier this week from Robert Downey Jr. himself suggests the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War” is effectively his “Iron Man 4,” the film’s co-director Joe Russo has indicated that when Downey decides to give up the mantle of Tony Stark – Marvel probably won’t recast anytime soon.
Speaking with Forbes, Russo says: “It’s almost impossible to replace Robert; he’s the biggest movie star in the world. One close-up from Robert is worth another actor’s entire performance; he’s incredibly gifted and insanely talented. I think if and when he is done with the character, I think you will find that Iron Man might disappear for a while.”
Does that mean the studio will ditch the character altogether? Russo wouldn’t give a definitive no on that: “I think the only way that you could reboot that character is to give a generational gap that would allow another actor to at least have a chance to redefine that character without the enormous specter of Robert hanging over it. There are so many characters in the Marvel universe that can pick up the ball and run without it through the next phase or two before you need to see Iron Man again, frankly.”
Downey’s turn in the role has both “Captain America: Civil War” and the two-part “Avengers: Infinity War” saga to come so fans will still have a few years more to enjoy the actor’s time as the character.