In a recent interview with Variety, Robert Downey Jr. discussed the advantages and disadvantages of playing Iron Man, urging Chris Evans to play Captain America, and he also praised Joss Whedon's script for The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Here he talks about why he urged Evans to play Steve Rogers:
“There was so much riding on (playing the part of) what essentially could be considered the squarest superhero in history. It was probably the most risky of the franchises we launched. I say ‘we,’ like I’m a company man, which I like to think I am. By the way, I’m a fan of his. I’m not kidding. I’m having 50 kids over and I’m screening Captain America 2 on my birthday, which happens to be the day it opens. I haven’t seen it. That’s one of the perks of being on the inside track at Marvel. I hope it’s not watermarked too heavily.”
Downey is then asked how many more Marvel Cinematic Universe ventures he thinks there will be to which he replied:
“The smart money is you have to look at everybody’s age. I’ll put myself at the top of the list. Sooner or later, they’ve got to start over and get somebody young. I’m not there with them yet. It really is the closest thing to being a beloved contract player with a big old-timey studio that there is right now. When you really think about it at the end of the day, these films are entertainment largely driven by young folks. There is something very honorable about that. I run into kids wearing ‘Captain America' masks. My kid believes that Captain America is real."
He then talks about the downside of playing a superhero:
“It’s kind of like having a really cool TV job. They are always hoping they don’t get picked up for another season; or they are wondering if they’re going to get picked up for another season; or they have done so many seasons, and they are already sick of doing the show, but the show is so big, it’s working well for them. Any of those three things is better than calling your agent and saying, ‘Hey, anything going on? It’s pilot season.’ ”
When it comes to the Avengers: Age of Ultron the actor went on to praise it saying,
“This one is a very ambitious sequel. If you read it, it’s dense, it’s smart. Joss [Whedon] is a really smart guy. My 2-year-old is crazy about Hawkeye, and I think Jeremy [Renner] has a lot to do with the plot. There’s always so many plates to spin to get these things half-right, and I’m really excited about this one.”
Downey Jr. has been such a great asset to the Marvel cinematic universe. It's weird to think the studio didn't want him at first and that Jon Favreau had to fight for him to be in the film. There will come a day when he no longer will play Iron Man, but right now let's just enjoy the awesomeness that he brings to it all.