It was previously reported that Iron Man 3 will be Robert Downey Jr’s last outing as Tony Stark, but given the success of the threequel, and the plans for Avengers 2, it has become somewhat of a mystery as to whether the Downey Jr. and the studio are really convinced that it’s time for the actor to pass the torch.
In a recent interview with Desde Hollywood (via ComingSoon.net), Marvel consultant Joss Whedon has given his take on the issue:
“I am not the guy who has to worry about him being replaced. He is Iron Man at this point. When I heard that he was cast I knew that something had just changed, and I usually don’t know stuff like that. I was like ‘Now we are in a new phase.’ The way he embodies it… I love working with him. He is so perfect for it, Shane [Black] captures it so perfectly in this movie.
“I want him to play it forever. The great thing is that he has a flying metal suit. So it’s not like those Charles Bronson or Roger Moore movies where you’re like ‘Dude, you can barely stand.’ He’s got some fight in him. At the same time, if Robert decides to hang it up, he has a perfectly good excuse.”