Let’s be honest, when you think about Disney and Marvel’s MCU, Robert Downey, Jr. is one of the first names that pops into your head. He’s been there since the start, the pillar of strength around which all the movies revolve and gravitate. There have been suggestions over the years that he may be looking to step out of his iconic Tony Stark role; something the actor himself is open to talking about.

In an interview with News.com.au – Downey Jr. discussed the increasing likelihood that he may eventually step away from the iconic role;

“Everyone says to me it’s like a glove that fits so well. 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 [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.”

The 52-year-old actor then went on to comment on why he returns to the movies so often – citing the caliber of director’s he’s been able to work with.

“It’s this cyclical thing I could have said when the first Avengers came out: ‘It’s never going to get any better than that. Everybody stop’. But to me it’s always about people and opportunities, like the (Avengers directors Anthony and Joe) Russos, who I adore.”

It should be noted that Robert Downey Jr. and Tony Stark haven’t starred in their own standalone movie since 2013’s Iron Man 3. That movie received mixed critical reception, effectively ending the run of iron Man movies that had, up until that point, been a staple of the MCU.

With Kevin Feige stating that some of the MCU’s pioneering superheroes won’t be making it through Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 – maybe audiences time with the iconic Tony Stark is coming to an end.

Would you want to see Robert Downey Jr. step out of the iconc role?

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