'Iron Man 4' news: hard to imagine any other Tony Stark than Robert Downey Jr.

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It is difficult to imagine how the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) will be like without Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man at the center of it. The 2008 iteration of the movie kicked off the iconic franchise that gave birth to a couple more big screen adaptations of comic book characters.

Almost 10 years after an illustrious run as the “genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist,” RDJ may be looking to either retire the character or pass the baton to someone else shall a fourth standalone movie of Tony Stark is in Marvel’s pipeline. “Iron Man” director Jon Favreau, however, cannot fathom the idea of another actor portraying the character.

“I can’t imagine how they could but that doesn’t mean that they can’t. I just can’t wrap my head around that one,” Favreau shared in an interview with Comic Book Movie.

Interestingly, it was the filmmaker who stood by casting RDJ even when Marvel was very hesitant about it.The apprehension was understandable given the actor’s past misdemeanor. Fortunately, RDJ was greatly accepted in his portrayal and broke the ground for his career’s renaissance.

“To me he’s the one element that has unified all of it, and I think kept a consistent tone, and the integrity of his acting ability and his talent really works wonderfully synergistically with the Marvel universe,” Favreau siad.

In the comic books, Iron Man was never at the forefront of the superhero hierarchy. Favreau chalked the success of the “Iron Man” franchise to the actor’s natural inclination to the character he plays saying, “I think that his personality is something which helps define it. That being said, nothing would surprise me, but for me it would be a hard pill to swallow and big shoes to fill.”

This mirrors director Joe Russo’s take on the matter. He and brother Anthony worked with RDJ in “Civil War,” and they are scheduled to reunite in “Infinity War” parts 1 and 2, which will be the culmination of everything in MCU at that point. 

Over the course of the years since “Iron Man 3” in 2013, the buzz of a follow-up installment has been steadily going around. But afterwards, RDJ played the character only in ensemble films shying away from a solo one. The 51-year-old actor even admits to being “itchy” about suiting up again for the role.

“I like working, but there’s so many things I like to do. I have kids. I’m a martial artist. I hang out with Posh Tom. I’ve been working since I was a kid, so sometimes I do get itchy, but I get a week off and it’s pleasant. It’s a manageable schedule,” he was quoted in saying although he admitted that Marvel has done a good job in giving great story arcs for his character which tempts him to always come back.

Meanwhile, RDJ is also slated to bring Tony Stark to Peter Parker’s (Tom Holland) world when Marvel’s first Spider-Man movie comes out next year.