While Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige hopes that Robert Downey, Jr. will play Tony Stark and his alter-ego Iron Man for years to come, Feige says he understands the reality that at some point, Downey may have to be replaced.
After starring in four movies featuring the hero, Downey’s contract will be up and the cost to secure his services for features beyond that could be too high.
If and when that happens, Feige says he’s not ready to reboot Iron Man, but instead to take a page from another long-running franchise.
“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,” Feige says.
So, the series could continue with the same continuity, but just a new face behind the Iron Man mask.
Would that make you happy? Or would you rather see a reboot? Or should Marvel end the series when Downey, Jr. decides to hang up the metal suit?