‘Iron Man’ Won't Get a Reboot When Robert Downey Jr. Leaves

Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige says they will follow the James Bond blueprint by having another actor step into the role.
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‘Iron Man’ Won't Get a Reboot When Robert Downey Jr. Leaves

Iron Man won't be rebooted if Robert Downey Jr. leaves the franchise With Iron Man 3 about to start principal photography in a few weeks, it seems strange to imagine anyone else besides Robert Downey Jr. playing Tony Stark. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently said that, in the event Robert Downey Jr. leaves the franchise, it will not be rebooted. Here's what the executive had to say, likening the Iron Man series to James Bond.

"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."

The actor will almost certainly return as Tony Stark in the inevitable sequel The Avengers 2. After that, it isn't clear how many other movies, if any, Robert Downey Jr. is signed on for at Marvel Studios. Kevin Feige also spoke out about the negative connotation attached to the word "reboot," and how it shouldn't apply to The Amazing Spider-Man.

"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. It means 'Oh they've run out of ideas! It's bad.' I've seen The Amazing Spider-Man. It's awesome. It's totally fresh and unique."

Iron Man 3 was released May 3rd, 2013.

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  • Shakil-Ahmed-22258769 • 2 years ago

    i think if RDJ want to leave after avengers 2 as tony stark then i'll say don't reboot him just for one movie cause if RDJ leave after avengers 2 then we got only avengers 3 movie left which we need iron man. so instead of replace him and get new face for avengers 3 why not kill tony stark on end of avengers 2 and for avengers 3 bring James Rhodes / War Machine on iron man place. atleast the will make sense. that Rhodes took over after his friend dead to honor him and marvel phase 3 could go on with the new avengers story line. i'm sure the fan will love it instead of new face. but i wouldn't try to change him cause he's more like lead role of the avengers so now if marvel want a new iron man and replace RDJ so it will look weird on avengers movie. if still marvel want to someone else to play iron man then i'll say reboot the whole avengers team.

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    • MadJohnsonProductions • 3 years ago

      Thank you feige! No reboot for iron man.

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      • corey • 3 years ago

        @dan1 RDJ is a perfect IRON MAN and I don't see any reason why he'd stop playing the role for another decade or so unless he decides he wants to be done with it, which I don't think he will be.

        I too am not racking my brain on who'll play Stark several years from now. That person might not even be in the acting business yet. I'm just excited for Avengers and IM3, same as you :D

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        • corey • 3 years ago

          That's how all comic book superhero flicks should be nowadays. Seriously, as excited as I am for The Amazing Spider-Man they should have just started a new Spider-Man story with a new actor instead of starting it all over again. Everyone is already familar with the Spider-Man story enough where if they start at the point in which he's already a web-slinger it wouldn't have mattered.

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          • moviegeek • 3 years ago

            That doesn't make sense.

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            • shuabert • 3 years ago

              No one has mentioned yet, that Marvel can essentially reboot their entire film universe like they did in the comics with the Ultimates line, and they could go back and tell NEW origin stories for the same characters (with different actors, obviously), rather than rehash the same stories we've seen.

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              • themoviefanatic • 3 years ago

                @2movieguys Exactly.

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                • 2movieguys • 3 years ago

                  Someone in Hollywood got smart! No more reboots!

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                  • Joshua-Hollaway • 3 years ago

                    @comicbookfan You would be saying the same thing if they remade it. Cant please everyone all the time...can you?

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                    • thedude-abides • 3 years ago

                      Eh. I guess if they're gonna do it, at least they're not gonna recycle the same origins story over and over and over like every other cbm. Idk, I guess I like the idea...

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                      • comicbookfan • 3 years ago

                        No! Don't follow the James Bond mold and recast the role, you schmucks! When will Hollywood knock this crap off?

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                        • themoviefanatic • 3 years ago

                          @felipe-11 I don't think Johnny Depp would be the right choice for the role as Tony Stark/Iron Man honestly.

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                          • bawnian-dexeus • 3 years ago

                            @dan1 Don't I always?

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                            • dan1 • 3 years ago

                              @bawnian-dexeus Learn to enjoy what is (soon to be) right in front of you, instead of the distant future.

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                              • bawnian-dexeus • 3 years ago

                                @dan1 Learn to multitask

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                                • dan1 • 3 years ago

                                  I guess I'm the weird guy here who's still excited for Avengers and IM3, two definite movies happening or happened, and am not wracking my brain on who's going to replace RDJ several years from now.

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                                  • SherlockHolmes2009 • 3 years ago

                                    @felipe-11 I definetly see what your talking about, I wonder who could take over if it ever happens but like @themoviefanatic said I cant really see it, its some big shoes to fill

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                                    • felipe-11 • 3 years ago

                                      @themoviefanatic Again, that's exactly what they said about the other actors I mentioned. And there's a ton of other examples.

                                      As for who could play Stark? Right off the top of my head, Johnny Depp. But that would be a bit of an obvious choice, there's a number of talented actors who can do it, you just have to find them.

                                      Your problem is that you're trying to find someone that can imitate Downey's performance, instead of creating his own performance.

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                                      • themoviefanatic • 3 years ago

                                        @felipe-11 Yeah, but this is different, because Robert Downey Jr is Tony Stark by now, he is the only actor who can play that role. I just cannot see anyone else playing that role at this point. I mean when you think about it, who else could possibly play the role as Tony Stark/Iron Man?

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                                        • lastwerdz • 3 years ago

                                          WB studios,here´s your solution for the batman dilemma

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