Tony Stark inherited his father’s brains, and eventually, heeded the call to heroism. Now, the man who put that Marvel character on the pop culture map is being beckoned toward fulfilling his own familial destiny.
Robert Downey Jr. keyed the rise of Marvel Studio’s empire of superhero franchise films, his first two turns as the title playboy in Iron Man leading to Captain America, Thor and The Avengers. With the third Iron Man film less than a month from release, the second Avengers already written and a small vault of gold a reward for his super efforts, Downey says that he’s looking toward exiting the mecha-armor for good — thanks in part to an ankle injury he suffered doing an on-set stunt.
Nothing lasts forever, but we imagine there will be more than a few Marvel/RDJ fans who are less than thrilled to hear the news. Do you think Marvel will move forward without Iron Man in future films, or simply replace the man that millions currently see as Tony Stark?