5 Actors Who Could Replace Robert Downey Jr. as ‘Iron Man’ in 2016

We look at 5 actors who might be perfect in assuming the role of billionaire Tony Stark in this popular Marvel Franchise.
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5 Actors Who Could Replace Robert Downey Jr. as ‘Iron Man’ in 2016

Robert Downey Jr. is hinting that he may retire as Iron Man at the age of 50, just after he completes shooting on The Avengers 2 in 2014. Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel Studios have no intentions of retiring the character of Tony Stark, nor do they plan on "rebooting" the franchise once Robert Downey Jr. steps away from the armor.

Back in April of 2012, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige compared the role of Tony Stark and his Iron Man alter ego to that of James Bond, saying Marvel plans to continue in that same format.

"I think Bond is a good example. Let's put it this way: I hope Downey makes a lot of movies for us as Stark. If and when he doesn't, and I'm still here making these movies, we don't take him to Afghanistan and have him wounded again. I think we James Bond it. I think the term reboot has got to go. I think it's like after the Star Wars movies nobody likes the idea of prequels, and reboots have turned into the same thing."

With Robert Downey Jr. already planning to leave Iron Man behind for more artistic endeavors, Marvel is most likely planning their next move, and eyeballing there choice for 'who's got next'.

When considering who might assume the role, we have to consider where Robert Downey Jr. was at in his career. He was a recovering drug addict trying to reemerge in Hollywood. After a couple of failed attempts at the box office, 2008's Iron Man served as a true comeback, and sealed his fate as a major player in show business. Will Marvel go after someone needing a similar boost? Or will they go after a newcomer who has yet to break it big? With 2015 a couple of years away, that's a hard one to call.

But here are our five top choices for Tony Stark's replacement.

1Timothy Olyphant (age 44)

Timothy Olyphant as Iron Man

Timothy Olyphant is in no need for a comeback, but he has never made his mark on the big screen quite the way he has on television. After several supporting roles in various movies of the early 2000s, the actor proved himself as a major presence playing the sheriff of Deadwood. A few years later, he took that same swagger and cocksureness to the role of Raylan Givens on Justified, which has grown beyond its cult audience to become a bonafide cultural hit. Timothy Olyphant is able to bring the right amount of lovability to a role, while still being a smarmy bastard when he needs to be. And he has the right look. He's our number one pick for Tony Stark. And he's loved by pretty much every man and woman on the planet. Show us someone who doesn't like Timothy Olyphant, and we'll show you a real (explicative).

Other contenders for the role might include James Franco, Keanu Reeves, Paul Walker, Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, and Robert Pattinson. Who do you want to see in the role? Did we leave anyone important out?

Iron Man was released May 2nd, 2008.

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  • Emi-Chen • 2 years ago

    I love RDJ, but if there is a replace, I will say Jeffery Dean Morgan. He is tall and sexy. Have the look fit for Iron man.


    • Nelson-Lim • 2 years ago

      f*ck no!


      • Mannix • 2 years ago

        Robert Downey Jr.= Irreplacable as Iron Man. But if they must replace him, for me Karl Urban is it.....he is the next Tony Stark...period! I just can't even picture anyone else.


        • Isa-Dukmeni • 2 years ago

          NO WAY!!!!! Robert Downey Jr. or no Iron Man. To put this losers at Tony Starks place phhhh


          • Craig-Johnson • 2 years ago

            My vote is for Jon Hamm. Everyone else would be better suited as a villain or other character but NOT Tony Stark.


            • Anna-Shuford • 2 years ago

              Not a chance. Sorry, but none of these guys could be Tony Stark. RDJ FTW!


              • markmarino • 2 years ago

                I go with Collin Farell


                • Jehan-Ilustthugaim • 2 years ago

                  If they made standalone film about Tony Stark and his alcoholism (a proper dark story line not Iron Man 2) Norman Reedus could probably fit the bill?


                  • Tyler-D-Klear • 2 years ago

                    Jeffrey Dean Morgan or Collin Ferrell could keep up the Storyline but Downey = Stark...


                    • Kirk-Mailloux • 2 years ago

                      Timothy Olyphant and Jon Hamm are the two best choices on this list


                      • Joe-Cucci • 2 years ago

                        I never comment on blogs or articles, but this is disgusting. God awful picks. Lucky I had a wastebasket next to me while reading this to catch all of my vomit. Clearly these actors were not selected by fanboys, and if they were, you're a disgrace and I hope a wookie tears your arms from your sockets and beats you with them. They've been known to do that, you know.


                        • David-Hill • 2 years ago

                          josh brolin, would have said tim roth what with his witty humour(as in lie to me)but unfortunatly he was in the incredible hulk, Jake Gyllenhaal ect...tbh tho..no1 will EVER be perfect for iron man except RDJ


                          • semro • 2 years ago

                            Robert Downey Jr. is Iron Man, Iron Man is Robert Downey Jr.

                            Stop this madness...


                            • Keith-Beaumont • 2 years ago

                              Wrong. Only Karl Urban has the chops for it. He can do bold, charming, and quirky better than anyone, even RDJ who I absolutely love.


                              • Albert-Kellison • 2 years ago

                                I think Olyphant would make a good Iron Man, it obviously wouldn't be the same without RDJ, but i loved him in Live Free or Die Hard. I would also like to Reedus as Tony Stark, i have liked him since Blade 2, and i love him on The Walking Dead. It would be a stretch to do that, but i think that movie would be a little better when its a little more seriouse


                                • nathaly-parada • 2 years ago

                                  Nobody can replace RDJ, he is Iron Man


                                  • Jennie-Ratanasiripong • 2 years ago

                                    nobody in this world could replace Robert Downey Jr. NOBODY CAN!!


                                    • Van-Berry-Miller • 2 years ago

                                      What about Tom Cruise? The reason why I say this is 'cause there's ALREADY a pic of him as Tony Stark on the Web (Though the dude may be too old at this point!).


                                      • Akshit-Parikh • 2 years ago

                                        no one cane take place of robert


                                        • Akshit-Parikh • 2 years ago

                                          wo wo wo!!!! what a silly actors are they. robert is only the best.

                                          come come!!! robert dont leaves marvel company.


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