We Won't See a New Iron Man or Captain America Anytime Soon

Tuesday, 22 November 2016 - 2:37PM
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Tuesday, 22 November 2016 - 2:37PM
We Won't See a New Iron Man or Captain America Anytime Soon
For several years, there have been rumors going around that Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, or both may let their Marvel contracts expire and move on to other projects, leaving other actors (or characters) to take up their heroes' mantle. But now, Kevin Feige has given a (slightly vague) update on their contracts, and it looks like we'll be stuck with them for quite a while.

When asked in a recent interview with Variety whether he would recast the roles if Downey and/or Evans left, Feige said in no uncertain terms that the question is irrelevant:
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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. Chris Evans has embodied Captain America as well as any actor has ever embodied an iconic pop-culture figure like that. I go back to Chris Reeve as Superman as the gold standard, and I think Evans is right there. I couldn't imagine anybody else.

But you also look to history: We have a new Spider-Man right now who was in our "Civil War" film and is in "Spider-Man: Homecoming," and the audience has embraced it. And you can look to Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, and Batman as characters that last longer than any one actor playing them. There's a precedent for it in other franchises that suggests it's possible. But right now I don't want to think about it and don't need to think about it.
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Of course we're happy and relieved that Downey and Evans will be sticking with the MCU for a while, but Feige's level of confidence is surprising. Last time we checked, Downey was only contracted for Spider-Man and the Infinity War movies, and getting more expensive by the minute, while Evans was only contracted for the Infinity War movies and was looking to focus more on his own film projects. From the sounds of it, they are both either contracted for many more movies or have expressed interest in continuing indefinitely.

Does this mean other characters will never take up the Iron Man or Captain America mantles? Marvel seemed to be grooming Falcon and/or Bucky to take over as Captain America at some point, and I, for one, would love to see Riri Williams join the MCU. It's possible that the characters could go into retirement temporarily (much like Tony Stark in the comics), and then return to the title later. Even if we don't see a recast Tony or Steve anytime soon, the old guard will likely need to take a break at some point to make room for all the newbies: Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Scarlet Witch, and the like.
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