Marvel Talks Replacing Downey Jr., Downey Jr. Responds
In a recent interview, President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige was asked about what Marvel might be planning to do once Robert Downey Jr. steps down from the role of Iron Man, the answer was quite a refreshing one.
“I think 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”
Like Feige, and the rest of the world, we surely hope Downey Jr. sticks around for a whole lot longer as Tony Stark, but when the day comes we’re glad to know that we won’t be treated to a rehash of the origin-story. At this point, everybody knows how Tony Stark becomes Iron Man, and wasting time repeating the whole she-bang would be a big mistake.
Of course, Feige can’t be blamed for thinking ahead and, as he states, he wants Downey Jr. squarely in the center of Marvel-camp, but word reached the star of Feige’s remarks. During a recent interview with MTV, the star spoke about Feige’s comments, stating:
“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, it’s all about quality control and delivering a product that you can have this kind of reaction to (referring to ‘The Avengers’ screening at Tribeca). If they keep doing that, maybe I’ll keep showing up.“
So while everybody involved is aware that the party can’t go on forever, they seem to be committed to bringing us as many fantastic movie experiences as they can. And if ‘The Avengers’ is any indication of the future, BRING IT ON!
Extra Piece of Delicious News:
Kevin Feige also talked a bit about the upcoming Iron Man 3, the first post-Avengers Marvel flick in the works. Dropping some juicy bits about the Shane Black-directed venture and its relation to The Avengers, Feige stated:
“So Iron Man 3 has been structured specifically to be the antidote to The Avengers… Circumstances in the story separate Tony from having access to anything. We wanted to take Tony back to, metaphorically speaking, the cave from Iron Man, the first half of Iron Man, when he’s cut off from the world and needs just focus on his intellects to get himself out of his situation. So he’s not calling Thor, he’s not calling Captain America, he can’t press a special button to have the helicarrier come rescue him, so I think that’ll be a nice complement to the team up of Avengers.”
It’s a great time to be a comic book fan. Hell, it’s a great time to be a movie fan.