Since Joss Whedon had suggested that The Avengers: Age of Ultron would continue to shoot for a few more months, what happened this week, for many, came as a strange surprise. Robert Downey Jr. took to Facebook on Tuesday to tell the world that he was two days unemployed. He followed that up just yesterday with this brief explanation:
Howdy folks. I'm still a newbie at this stuff, so kindly bear with... Just wrapped the Avengers: Age of Ultron gig
Inconsequential you might think, but then why would production go on so long without him? Is it a simple parting of ways or could it mean something more? Lets explore a few reasons why:
The actor, it would seem, had a lot more to do over the last couple of years than don the old crimson and gold. He played a small part in his pal Jon Favreau's Chef this year as well as producing and starring in the upcoming courtroom drama The Judge. We know the sort of sway he holds at Marvel studios so perhaps this early exit means he just needed some time to chill.
New projects on the Horizon
With the aforementioned Judge, perhaps the actor is looking to focus on a different sort of role. He currently has Sherlock Holmes 3 on his slate- and potentially even Iron Man 4- but you get the feeling the actor might be turning his eye towards more Oscar leaning fare. Wrapping his scenes early might simply have meant that another opportunity had come along.
Age of Ultron could be light on Iron
With Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver now banging around, not to mention a bigger badder foe, perhaps the Iron Man role- compared to the first film at least- has been slimmed down. Tony Stark was arguably the focus of the first installment so Whedon could equally have just decided it was someone else's turn.
And then, there's always that...
Its unbearable to think it but the unspeakable could still happen. Nothing has yet been confirmed for Iron Man 4 so could Whedon commit this cardinal sin and kill the most iconic MCU superhero off?
Surely he would not...
We're scratching our heads on this one but what do you all think? Tell us all about it in the comments below.
All will be revealed when [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035) opens May 1st, next year.