Where would the Marvel Cinematic Universe be if it weren’t for Robert Downey Jr. not only stepping into the role of Tony Stark/Iron Man but completely embodying the character like nobody had before in the world of comicbook films? Iron Man was the starting point of a 10-year path to where we are now, on the precipice of history with Avengers: Infinity War, but back in 2008, nobody outside of Marvel Studios understood what was possible if Iron Man worked the way it did.
Fast forward a decade to 2018 and people are no longer concerned about “if it will work,” they’re worried about who will be left after Infinity War concludes. Their growing sentiment that one or more of our heroes will be lost in battle, and if we’re looking at contracts, RDJ, Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth are all at the end of theirs. Could there be a future with no Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor, or will there be other actors to step into their shoes?
During a group interview, via Hindustan Times, director Joe Russo discussed the rumors surrounding RDJ saying that “there is nobody who can take over Iron Man for Robert,” and said he never mentioned leaving the role…
“He can’t play the character forever. I am sure there are lots other things he wants to do in his career. But he loves playing the character, I know that, and we love working together. We will see where it goes from here.”