While doing press for the international release of his action-thriller 2 Guns, Mark Wahlberg revealed he is interested in taking over the Iron Man franchise from Robert Downey Jr., and revealed that he was previously in talks for another superhero role.
"I would like to take over the Iron Man franchise for Robert Downey Jr., [but] it's one of those things where I kind of like playing real people, [so] I've never been asked. Once I was kind of being talked about for the Robin role in Batman Forever -- somebody dodged a bullet!"
Back in April, Robert Downey Jr. expressed his interest in retiring from the Iron Man role, and it was later confirmed that Iron Man 3 is the actor's last stand-alone Iron Man movie, although the actor will be back as Tony Stark in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
"You know, there's so many effects-driven movies. What people have a tendency to forget, because you look at a lot of the trailers and the summer movies that came out... they all look very similar. Certainly all the end of the world movies. It's like you can only do so much with effects. I don't think any person sitting at home watching a television spot, a 15-second spot or a 30 second spot, is gonna say 'Oh I'm gonna go see a movie because I haven't seen that!' You've seen it all before. People haven't been wowed by effects since Jurassic Park or The Perfect Storm with the wave, you know? It's like now everybody does everything. It's all kind of the same sh*t. They're recycling a lot of the stuff."
Marvel hasn't announced any plans for an Iron Man franchise without Robert Downey Jr. yet.