Robert Downey Jr Will Quit Playing Iron Man 'Before it Gets Embarrassing'

Posted 2017/07/03 2608 0

The superstar is contemplating hanging up his Iron Man suit sooner rather than later after portraying the Marvel superhero for the past nine years.


Fans have speculated that Avengers: Infinity War could be his final film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In an interview with, Downey Jr has acknowledged that his time will come:

“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.”

Robert Downey Jr has been playing Iron Man since the 2008 solo film, the movie which kickstarted Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. And while he’s been there since the beginning, it looks as though he doesn’t want to overstay his welcome.

“It’s this cyclical thing,” he went on to explain. “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 [working with] the Russos, 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 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, set for release this week, has received strong reviews.

Avengers: Infinity War, which is now in production, is shrouded in secrecy; so much so that even Holland has not read the script.