Robert Downey Jr. Discusses His Future as Iron Man and Stark's Relationship with Captain America
We all know that Robert Downey Jr. won't play Iron Man forever. We know there's going to come a point where he will not play Tony Stark anymore. There have been a few moments over the past few years of Marvel's movie run where we weren't sure if Robert Downey Jr. would come back as Tony Stark. But, by the end of Marvel's Phase 3, there's a good chance that he really may not return. A lot of fans are speculating that Tony Stark won't survive through Avengers: Infinity War.
During a recent interview with Empire Magazine, Robert Downey Jr. discusses his future as Tony Stark and says he's looking forward to "whatever resolution" is coming his way in regards to retiring the Iron Man armor. He explains, "you don't know what or how you're gonna end until it is."
He goes on to tease his continued tenure saying:
"I could project all kinds of stuff. I could get into the black dog. Whatever you want. Or I could stay, spiking it in the end zone until I have to be carried off. I'm looking forward to whatever resolution is in the cards."
You have to remember, this interview was conducted while shooting Infinity War, so he's really playing it coy. Do you think Iron Man will actually make it through this madness in Infinity War?
He goes on to talk about Tony Stark's relationship with Captain America. As you all know, things didn't end very well between the two in Captain America: Civil War. Yeah, Cap sent Stark a letter hoping to smooth things over a bit, but according to Doney Jr. Stark still isn't over it. He explains that he feels Cap's betrayal is on par with the betrayal of Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges) in the first Iron Man movie.
"To me the big question is could he ever in clear conscience pick up that flip phone Cap sent him at the end of Civil War. That is really it. For me I think back to Obidiah and that deception, it's why [former Journey lead singer] Steve Perry never went back to Journey."
We haven't seen any footage of the two characters together in Infinity War, and when asked if the two would spend most of the story separated, Downey admitted:
"I don't know. I feel like my instinct would be to bust his jaw. All I know is that there's something about being on camera with [Chris] Evans. I hate to say it, but I don't know what I'm gonna do when he's not Cap anymore."
"I look at him and think this is the truest, most down moral psychology I've ever seen and then they go, 'Cut!' and Chris is like, 'Hey buddy, I gotta get out of here.' I'm like, 'You wanna go to dinner?' 'Nope.' 'Okay! Love you! Love you, Cap! I mean, Chris!'"
I'm curious to see what it will be like when we see Cap and Stark meet up again for the first time after the events in Civil War. I'm sure it will be a tense moment with a shot of humor from somewhere to lighten the mood.
Avengers: Infinity War opens in theaters on April 27th.