In a recent interview with Forbes, directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Captain America: Civil War (2016) and both parts of Avengers: Infinity War (2018, 2019) Anthony and Joe Russo talked about Captain America: Civil War, which releases in about a month and a half, and the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Phase 3 goes forward. Journalist Simon Thompson asked them as to what they thought of recasting Iron Man, who has been played since 2008 by Robert Downey Junior, and is expected to do so all the way to 2019.
Both directors were reticent, saying ‘It’s almost impossible to replace Robert, he’s the biggest movie star in the world’. They did suggest however that when Downey was finally done with the character, we might see Iron Man disappear for a while, so as to provide a generational gap that would hopefully alleviate any potential successors from the shadow of Downey’s portrayal. They also pointed out that ‘There are so many characters in the Marvel universe that can pick up the ball and run without it through the next phase or two before you need to see Iron Man again, frankly’, which is very true. With the new heroes that have been introduced, and will be introduced going forward into Phase 3 – Ant-Man, Wasp, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) – there’s more than enough substance there to carry the MCU for several years.
Do you think that when RDJ is well and truly done with Iron Man, the role should be abandoned – after all, it IS a very, very tough act to follow – or should Marvel follow the Russos’ suggestion?
In the meantime, we’ll see RDJ’s Tony Stark/Iron Man very soon when Captain America: Civil War enters theatres.