Robert Downey Jr. Wants the MCU To Be in 'Good Shape' Before He Retires

Wednesday, 05 July 2017 - 8:25PM
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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 - 8:25PM
Robert Downey Jr. Wants the MCU To Be in 'Good Shape' Before He Retires
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Remember how, at the end of Iron Man 3, Tony Stark had a big epiphany where he didn't need to be Iron Man anymore, and his story wrapped up? Then, he was back at the start of Avengers: Age of Ultron, having apparently learned nothing whatsoever? Then at the end of that movie, he had a heartfelt goodbye moment with Captain America as he announced his plans to bow out with dignity?

Then of course comes Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming, because hey, why not? Basically, if Tony Stark ever looks like he's about to disappear from the MCU, it's difficult to take him seriously. Robert Downey Jr has, though, been asked about his eventual retirement plan from The Avengers franchise, which has become such an enormous cash cow that he could probably finance a real Iron Man suit as this point, should he feel like hiring an R&D team.

In a recent interview with Good Morning America, Downey Jr. gave his answer: it's not time to leave his Iron Man role just yet. The MCU has to be ready to go on without him at its center, and Downey Jr. will stick around to make sure it's "in good shape" when he finally steps down:

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"It's like with a team if you're going to hang up your jersey. You want to make sure the team is in good shape and they can still compete at a high level, because ultimately that's what made the whole thing worth doing anyways."
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It's hard to imagine what future moment the MCU will be ready to say goodbye to Iron Man. In Kevin Feige's defense, he is wisely making the character gradually more unlikable over the course of recent films, presumably to help make it easier when Downey does eventually step down.

In Age of Ultron, Tony Stark builds a homicidal AI that destroys an entire city, then shifts the blame onto Captain America in Civil War out of jealousy. And in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, Stark steals a blue collar worker's livelihood and leaves him in possession of dangerous alien weaponry, setting the stage for that worker's transition into The Vulture. And going by the trailers, Tony Stark then blames a high school student when a masked man cuts a ferry in half with a giant laser.

Perhaps the problem with making Tony Stark the center of so many MCU movies is that it's hard to get to a point where Downey Jr can leave the franchise in good condition. Other characters, like Spidey and even Captain America, are constantly stuck in the shiny, CGI shadow of the most bankable Marvel hero, to the point that the entire universe feels like it genuinely does revolve around Iron Man. Maybe that's Kevin Feige's plan - make Tony Stark irreplaceable, and Robert Downey Jr will have no choice but keep playing the role.

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One thing's for certain, though: when RDJ does finally step down, he probably won't go out in a blaze of glory like Hugh Jackman's final moments as Wolverine. Instead, expect a quiet phasing out of Marvel's brightest star, as heroes like Doctor Strange, Black Panther, and hey, maybe Ironheart, slowly take the center stage instead. If it's done just right, you might not even notice that Iron Man has left at all.

But in the meantime, Iron Man will remain a major player in both Avengers: Infinity War next summer, and Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 7, 2017.

Via: Inverse
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