ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. is contemplating hanging up his IRON MAN suit sooner rather than later after portraying the Marvel superhero for the past nine years.
The action man made his debut as Tony Stark and his alter ego in 2008’s Iron Man, reprising the role for two sequels as well as for the Avengers franchise, and now he’s promoting his latest outing in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
The 52-year-old is also currently filming the third Avengers movie, Infinity War, but Downey, Jr. admits he’s not sure how much longer he wants to continue donning the Iron Man armour.
“Everyone says to me it’s like a glove that fits so well,” he tells news.com.au. “I have to start over every time but I am starting over with a pretty solid base.
“I just never want to blow it for the last six or seven (Marvel movies) I have done by dropping the ball because I decided to go do it one more time. I just want to hang up my jersey before it’s embarrassing.”
Downey, Jr. gives no indication as to when he may retire the Iron Man suit, but it’s something that’s been on his mind for a while, despite the continued box office success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films.
“It’s this cyclical thing,” he shares. “I could have said when the first Avengers (film) came out (in 2012): ‘It’s never going to get any better than that. Everybody stop.’ But to me it’s always about people and opportunities, like (Avengers directors) the Russos (Anthony and Joe Russo), who I adore.”
Meanwhile, the actor reveals he was drawn to star in the latest Spider-Man reboot after learning his appearance as Stark/Iron Man wouldn’t just be for show.
“I didn’t feel like I was being asked to just fit in somewhere,” Downey, Jr. says. “They (filmmakers) wanted us to bring our own little thing.”
Downey, Jr.’s Captain America: Civil War co-star Tom Holland tackles the titular character in Spider-Man: Homecoming, which was directed by Jon Watts. The new movie, which also features Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, and Zendaya, is set for release this week (begs03Jul17).