Robert Downey Jr. Hints at IRON MAN Retirement

Now that Robert Downey Jr. has fulfilled his contract obligations with Marvel, we've all been wondering if he would be back to reprise his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man in any future Marvel films. In a recent interview he did with GQ, it sure sounds to me like he's looking to leave Iron Man behind him. 

Just because this is the franchise that relaunched his career doesn't mean he has to play the character for the rest of his life. We all knew there would come a time when another actor would have to fill the shoes of this character, and it seems like that time is fast approaching. 

The actor is looking toward leaving Iron Man behind him and moving forward, thanks in part to an ankle injury he suffered doing an on-set stunt.

It got me thinking about how big the message from your cosmic sponsor needs to be before you pick it up. How many genre movies can I do? How many follow-ups to a successful follow-up are actually fun?

I come from a family of very innovative writers and directors and actors and artists, and the circle of friends they were in were the people I heard having pun-offs playing poker at two in the morning, and it was just the most comforting aspect of my childhood. So there's this kind of legacy of souls from what I consider to be a very particular time in entertainment, and I'm sensing a return to that.

I'm sure Marvel is trying to get him back, and who knows, maybe they will for another movie or two! Although I don't see him doing anymore beyond that. 

Downey goes on to reveal that he's hoping to direct a Halloween-type horror film, and he's also going to star in the movie as "a Village Voice reporter on the run." The actor is also set to co-star in a new drama called The Judge that he's producing with his wife. He will play Robert Duvall's son in it. 

I suggest you read the full interview at GQ because it's pretty interesting. 

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