After playing the character on five separate occasions (including a post-credits cameo in “The Incredible Hulk”), the 47-year-old Downey says he’s considering hanging up Iron Man’s bootjets and repulsor gauntlets for good.
"It would probably be the best thing in the world for me," he told Empire. "You know, ego ... but sometimes ego just has to be smashed. Let's see what happens. I take the audience very seriously — I feel bad when I see folks doing movies and the audience is like, 'Don't do that anymore.' I don't have to overstay my welcome."
With Downey in the process of renegotiating a contract with Marvel, though, there’s still hope of seeing him at least one or two more times.
"Let's just say that the only thing I ever let go of had claw marks in it,” said Downey. “There's a little bit of soul reclamation going on. I feel that the first time I played Tony, I did it best. Sorry! The affinity with Tony now is, how do you sustain something? I'm not stupid, I like to play ball, I love the company, I love the character, and the business side of things, I'm not (too) picky about that either."
A native of Utah Valley and a devoted cinephile, Jeff Peterson is currently studying humanities and history at Brigham Young University.
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