Robert Downey Jr. Teases His Return to Tony Stark After IRON MAN 3

Iron Man 3 is Robert Downey Jr.'s last Iron Man film under his contract with Marvel, and as of right now there's no word on if we'll ever see him back in the armor after this. There's always a chance Iron Man will be recast the way James Bond has been recast several times over the years. 

In a recent interview, Empire Magazine asked the actor whether or not he would want to return to the role of Tony Stark after Iron Man 3. Here was his teasing response,

Let's just say that the only thing I ever let go of had claw marks in it. There's a little bit of soul reclamation going on. I feel that the first time I played Tony, I did it best. Sorry! The affinity with Tony now is: how do you sustain something? I'm not stupid, I like to play ball, I love the company, I love the character, and the business side of things, I'm not to picky about that either.

Well, he didn't say no, so that's a plus! Looks like there's a chance he'll be back! Maybe no one can really say anything yet because they are still in negotiations. But even if he doesn't come back, Tony will live on. Downey Jr. went on to say,

Tony's going to carry on. Avengers 2 already has a release date!

When asked about the possibility of being replaced, and how he felt about it he said,

It would probably be the best thing in the world for me. You know, ego...but sometimes ego just has to be smashed. Let's see what happens. I take the audience very seriously - I feel bad when I see folks doing movies and the audience is like, 'Don't do that anymore.' I don't have to overstay my welcome...

I would love it if Downey Jr. came back for more movies, but I would understand if he doesn't. It will definitely be interesting to see who will play Stark if he doesn't keep playing him though. Is there anyone you can think of who would make a good replacement? 

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