Is it time for a new Iron Man? We aren’t sure how many times he’s going to put us through this, but it’s possible that Robert Downey Jr. may be leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s really tough to fault the man for getting bored of playing the same character for 8 years and 6 movies (not counting cameos), but it’s still a shame to think that he might be leaving.
Replacing actors rarely goes well for franchises. Jeremy Renner was no substitute for Jason Bourne, and Batman wasn’t the same after Michael Keaton left. But Marvel movies are seemingly breaking that trend. The switch between Terrance Howard and Don Cheadle as Rhodes was seemless, and each new Hulk received more praise than the guy before. However, Rhodes at best is a side character and The Hulk was replaced by choice, not by need. What will they do when their biggest headliner finally decides to put Iron Man behind him? Here are 10 reasonable replacements for Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man.
10 Matt Damon
9 Jeffrey Dean Morgan
8 Bryan Cranston
7 Ty Simpkins
6 Hugh Laurie
5 Nathan Fillion
4 Jon Hamm
3 James Franco
2 Bill Murray
Bill Murray has passed on a lot of great movies. He wouldn’t pick up the phone for Monster’s Inc., supposedly missed the call back to play Willy Wonka. Apparently in 2008 he was M.I.A. when both RDJ and director John Favreau came calling about a part in Iron Man. While we can only speculate as to what part was being offered, we feel like they had the right idea of putting Murray in Iron Man. His wit and charm fit the movie and more importantly the character. While Bill may be a little on the older side to fill the role, with Iron Man not set to release for some time, maybe the producers are looking for someone to play an aging Tony Stark. And hey, it’s not as if RDJ is getting younger.
1 Tom Cruise
Ah, the prodigal son has returned. Back in 2007 it was pretty much fact that the upcoming Iron Man movie would be having Tom Cruise as the lead and as the executive producer. The rumors go as far back as 2004 when a Marvel Studios executive, Kevin Feige, told IGN that Cruise had been in talks with them for “several years.” Then Cruise read the script and quit. He had seemingly become disinterested after waiting at least 3 years to get the project off the ground, and the script that he read at the time was terrible (Howard Stark was going to be the lead villain… did they not see Hulk?). This all worked in Marvel’s favor, as after Cruise departed they were able to hire RDJ and Favreau and gained more creative control when reworking the script. If the role opens again, perhaps no one will be louder than Cruise when demanding a shot. Sure, he seems like a weird (certifiably insane) man, but he’s one of the highest grossing actors of all time, and his time working on the Mission Impossible franchise cements him as one of the greatest action stars ever. Iron Man was his pet project for years; maybe Tom deserves a shot to play the role.
Sources: comicbookmovie.com, screenrant.com
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