Robert Downey Jr has opened up about the possibility of reprising his role as Iron Man in the long term.
The Marvel Studios mainstay is contracted to appear in the two-part Avengers: Infinity War – due for release in 2018 and 2019 – but his future as Tony Stark has long been clouded by uncertainty.
However, Downey Jr has now hinted that his supporting role in next year’s Captain America: Civil War could set a precedent for his level of involvement in future Marvel sequels.
”At this point it’s about helping each other, too. I look at it as a competition, and I go, ‘Wow, maybe if these two franchises teamed up and I can take even a lesser position, with people I like and directors I respect, maybe we can keep things bumping along,’” he told Empire.
So, there you have it. Downey Jr made Captain America: Civil War in its current form possible, and it sounds like he is only too happy to help Marvel out indefinitely.
For the uninitiated, Marvel Comics’ Civil War storyline saw a great divide open up between the world’s superheroes with Captain America on one side and Iron Man leading the opposition.
Official details about Captain America 3 continue to trickle through, with the latest reports confirming that Daniel Bruhl has been cast as the villainous Baron Zemo. The Winter Solider, Black Widow, and the Falcon will also feature in the film, while Chadwick Boseman will make his debut as Black Panther.
Downey Jr will next appear as Tony Stark in Avengers: Age of Ultron, due for release in UK cinemas on 24th April.