Robert Downey Jr. Hints at Marvel-ous Exit

Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. Photo: buzzfuss/123rf

New Hamptons homeowner Robert Downey Jr. may be preparing to leave the role that revitalized his career. In an interview with, Downey explained that while he loves playing the role Tony Stark/Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he is growing wary of continuing the role for too much longer.

“Everyone says to me it’s like a glove that fits so well,” Downey says. “I have to start over every time but I am starting over with a pretty solid base. I just never want to blow it for the last six or seven [films] I have done by dropping the ball because I decided to go do it one more time. I just want to hang up my jersey before it’s embarrassing.”

Downey originated the role of Tony Stark/Iron Man in 2008, jumpstarting the Marvel Cinematic Universe film franchise, which is now 15 films deep (and counting). He reprised the role in Iron Man 2 and 3, The Avengers and its sequel, Captain America: Civil War and now, Spider-Man: Homecoming, which opens in theaters this week. Downey is often credited as the lead role of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he is contracted to appear in two more Avengers films, but beyond that, his future as Iron Man is uncertain.

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