With 2008's Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. opened the floodgates for the massive interconnected universe that we now know as the MCU. Almost 10 years later, he's still eager to reprise the role. Right now he's playing a supporting part in #SpiderManHomecoming, and he will help his fellow Avengers battle Thanos in Infinity War.
But there's a mystery to his continued involvement. He's made an enormous amount of cash from the role, estimated somewhere in the ballpark of $200 million to $350 million (not including Homecoming and Infinity War). Either way, he's set for life and then some — he could retire to a tropical island and not bother working anymore. So, the actor's had us wondering something..
What Exactly Motivates RDJ To Keep Playing Iron Man?
Thanks to an interview with CinemaBlend, we finally have an answer. And it's one that will undoubtedly please plenty of fans. The actor revealed it essentially comes down to the grasp Marvel has on its stories and characters, and the quality that derives from that care:
"What happens [...] is that things are presented to me that are really well thought out by folks that have been doing this correctly for a really long time, and I go like, ‘Check.'"
So, RDJ does these movies because he loves them as much as fans do. Aside from that bit of awesomeness, though, RDJ's comments don't address an important question for the future of #TonyStark...
How Much Longer Will He Stick Around?
There's been a lot of concern regarding Robert Downey Jr.'s future MCU involvement. Ever since 2013, good ol' Tony's been playing supporting roles in other movies (#Avengers, #CivilWar and Homecoming). Taking into account his seemingly minimized role and Robert Downey Jr.'s long tenure with the character, fans have been fearing that his time as the billionaire playboy will soon come to an end.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has promised that major characters will die in Infinity War. Could the MCU's biggest star be one of them?
Downey believes in what Marvel is putting out, and wants to continue being a part of it. Fortunately for him, #KevinFeige is more than eager to have him back as much as possible. Last year, the producer answered whether the role would ever be recast:
"Luckily we don’t have to make that decision anytime soon. There are a lot of movies that everyone is signed on for, and we get to enjoy them for a long time. Robert Downey Jr. is Iron Man, and right now I can’t envision anyone else."
So just to recap: #RobertDowneyJr. wants to continue working for Marvel, and Marvel wants to continue working with him. But the question they'll have to ask for Infinity War is whether the dramatic value of killing off Tony Stark would be worth losing the face of the franchise and the ensuing box office hit for future MCU films.
Good movies and compelling character explorations are Robert Downey, Jr.'s primary interests, so whatever happens, we'll know that it has his storytelling mark of approval. Let's hope there's plenty more of RDJ's Iron Man to come.
What do you think about Robert Downey Jr.'s comments? Where would you like to see Tony Stark pop up next after Infinity War? Let me know in the comments!