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Published On: Tue, Feb 17th, 2015

Robert Downey Jr on ‘Civil War,’ ‘Ultron’ fall out and making more Marvel pics

Robert Downey Jr spoke up in a new interview with Empire magazine and has shared some thoughts on the future of the Marvel Universe, ranging from his own future — what his legacy will be and whether he will renew his contract — to the impact coming from films like Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War.

Civil War will be the third Cap film and Downey summarizes Iron Man’s role and the scope from the directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, and Marvel Exec Kevin Feige.

avengers-age-of-ultron-hulkbuster-armor“The main thing to me is, and this is where I think the Russos are quite brilliant and where Kevin backed the play, is what sort of incident could occur and what sort of framework could we find Tony in? The clues are in Ultron about where we might find him next. But what would it take for Tony to completely turn around everything he’s stood for, quote-unquote, because he was the right-wing guy who could still do his own thing. When the first Iron Man came out the liberals and conservatives were both like, ‘You’re our guy’. Yes! Score! But the idea of Tony being able to march into Washington and say, ‘I’ll sign up’, wouldn’t have made sense if the political climate in the real world hadn’t shifted the way it has. It’s a little bit of things following a real world continuum in, ‘What would you do?’ There’s always the bigger overarching question, that Joss brings up all the time – it’s kind of weird that these guys would have all these throw downs all over planet Earth and it looked like a little collateral damage happened over there, and yet when the movie’s over, it’s like nobody minds. You have to figure, ‘Were you to ask the question, what would the American government do if this were real? Wouldn’t it be interesting to see Tony doing something you wouldn’t imagine?”

iron-man-captain-america-avengers“I also recognize that I’ll be turning 50 by the time I promote this movie,” the Iron Man star stated.

“The clock is ticking down on the amount of memories and participation that I would allow myself and not embarrass the medium with. And when they pitched it to me and when I had a couple of ideas and when they said we like those ideas, let’s do those. Then there’s all this competition too. I don’t do this because I look at it as a competition, but I look at the marketplace and go, ‘Maybe if these two franchises teamed up and I can take even a lesser position in support, with people I like and directors I respect, maybe we can keep things bumping along here a little longer than they might have.'”

The film stars Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) with Paul Bettany (Vision), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Andy Serkis and James Spader (Ultron).

Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters May 1, 2015.

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