Robert Downey Jr. is such a mammoth player in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's difficult to imagine a time when he is no longer part of it. Since he first stepped into the metallic suit of armor in 2008's Iron Man, the MCU has grown into arguably one of the biggest film franchises in history, with RDJ firmly at its center.
There's no denying the actor's charisma as Tony Stark — the arrogant billionaire engineer-turned-superhero helped attract a solid fanbase and sculpt the caliber of things to come. But as saddening as it is, all good things come to an end.
'A Hard Pill To Swallow And Big Shoes To Fill'
When RDJ does hang up his Iron suit, will it be forever retired as a fitting gesture, or will someone else get a stab at Stark? Well, original Iron Man director Jon Favreau has added his two cents (this guy should know). In an interview with IGN, he said:
“I can’t imagine how they could but that doesn’t mean that they can’t. I just can’t wrap my head around that one. To me he’s the one element that has unified all of it, and I think kept a consistent tone, and the integrity of his acting ability and his talent really works wonderfully synergistically with the Marvel universe.
"I think that his personality is something which helps define it. That being said, nothing would surprise me, but for me it would be a hard pill to swallow and big shoes to fill.”
What Next For RDJ?
Those big shoes have waltzed through a number of Marvel films. Including his first portrayal of Tony Stark, RDJ has appeared in two solo sequels, The Avengers (2012), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and the upcoming Captain America: Civil War.
In terms of the near future, we don't need to worry just yet, as there'll be plenty more Tony Stark action in upcoming movies. As well as Civil War, it was recently announced RDJ will appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and he'll also be involved in Avengers: Infinity War.
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Source: Comic Book Movie