Ahead of Iron Man 3‘s release in April, Robert Downey Jr has been talking to Empire about his future as Tony Stark.
In the interview, the Avengers star suggested that he may leave the role, with speculation claiming that his Marvel contract is up after Iron Man 3, as well as the reported $50 million that Marvel had to send Downey Jr’s way for The Avengers, which included box office bonuses and backend compensation. But would he really walk away from the role that undoubtedly took him back to the top of the Hollywood food chain?
“Let’s just say that the only thing I ever let go of had claw marks in it. There’s a little bit of soul reclamation going on. I feel that the first time I played Tony, I did it best. Sorry! The affinity with Tony now is: how do you sustain something? I’m not stupid, I like to play ball, I love the company, I love the character, and the business side of things, I’m not [too] picky about that either.”
Previously, Marvel head Kevin Feige has suggested the possibility of replacing Downey, Jr. with another actor in the Stark/Iron Man role, telling Badass Digest;
“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.”
When questioned on the possibility of Marvel recasting the role he has made his own, the actor didn’t appear too concerned.
“It would probably be the best thing in the world for me. You know, ego… but sometimes ego just has to be smashed. Let’s see what happens. I take the audience very seriously – I feel bad when I see folks doing movies and the audience is like, ‘Don’t do that anymore.’ I don’t have to overstay my welcome…”
Iron Man 3 is due for release on April 26.