As they say, all good things come to an end. After almost ten years, Robert Downey Jr. might soon quit from playing Tony Stark/Iron Man. This news comes from his good friend and co-star Chris Evans whose stint as Steve Roger/Captain America is also about to come to its completion.
Downey made his Marvel Cinematic Debut in 2008 when, for the first time, he appeared on the big screen as billionaire Tony Stark. The movie went on to earn over $500 million in the global box office and the character became one of the pioneers of the Avengers.
In total, the 52-year-old has appeared in eight movies from the MCU including the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War. According to Evans, the actor is ready to retire.
Evans is currently doing press rounds for his new movie titled Gifted, but the star is more than willing to talk about his involvement with Infinity War. In an interview with USA Today, he also talked about his co-star’s future in the MCU.
“Downey is far closer to reaching that point where he may walk away,” he stated. “And I don’t know how you replace Downey as Tony Stark.”
Like Evans, Downey’s contract with Marvel Studio’s is about to come to an end. His involvement with the entertainment company is confirmed up to the still-untitled Avengers 4. After that, the actor or the studio can choose to write the character off.
Meanwhile, Evans also talked about the possibility of leaving the cinematic universe. His current contract with the studio only involves two movies: Avengers: Infinity War and its upcoming sequel.
Even if he chooses to stay on, the 35-year-old recognizes that he cannot be Captain America forever. Whatever Marvel decides beyond Avengers 4, he is grateful for the opportunity handed to him. He pointed out that superheroes like Batman or even James Bond are continuously reinvented. The studio is going to introduce new incarnations and new stories. “I walk away with no regrets and endlessly thankful,” he stated.
Hanging Up The Shield And Finding His Replacement
However, one thing that Evans will not miss is the intense workout that comes with the appearances of Steve Rogers on the big screen. As a super soldier, he is required to be buff. After six movies (including Avengers: Infinity War), the actor is quite ready to relax.
He stated that at 36, working out as intensely as he did for his past movies has become a challenge. When he is done with becoming Captain America, Evans plans to just eat potato chips and ice cream to get fat.
As for his replacement, Marvel has not announced who will pick the shield to become the new Captain America after Evans retires. But based on the comics, Steve Rogers’ friend Bucky Barnes a.k.a The Winter Soldier might emerge as a superhero. Sebastian Stan reportedly signed up to a nine-movie contract with Marvel.
Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson a.k.a Falcon might also take on the mantle. Read what he has to say about the possibility of becoming the next Captain America here.
Steve Rogers in Avengers: Infinity War
The events of Captain America: Civil War has put a strain on the relationship between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers. At the end of the one-on-one fight between the two Avengers, Captain America dropped his iconic shield and never picked it up again.
According to co-director Joe Russo, Steve Rogers is no longer Captain America in Avengers: Infinity War.The filmmaker told The Huffington Post that dropping the shield means he is letting go of the identity. The choices he has made have become in conflict with his duty as Captain America.
However, that does not mean he will not be involved in the battle against Thanos (Josh Brolin). In the upcoming superhero event, Steve Rogers might pick up the shield for the last time and fight as Captain America or become The Nomad, a name that the super soldier assumed when he lost faith in the government.
Avengers: Infinity War will be released on May 4, 2018.