It’s been nearly 10 years since Robert Downey Jr. took on the role of Tony Stark in the first standalone Marvel superhero flick, Iron Man, and now the actor is starting to think about when he might be ready to say goodbye to the character.
During an interview with News.com.au last week, while promoting Spider-Man: Homecoming, in which he reprises his role as Tony Stark to guide Tom Holland’s young Spider-Man, Downey opened up about when he might be ready to hang up his iconic superhero suit.
“Everyone says to me it’s like a glove that fits so well. I have to start over every time but I am starting over with a pretty solid base,” Downey told News.com.au when asked about when he’ll retire Iron Man.
The actor went on to say that he doesn’t want to overstay his welcome in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“I just never want to blow it for the last six or seven (MCU movies) I have done by dropping the ball because I decided to go do it one more time. I just want to hang up my jersey before it’s embarrassing,” said Downey Jr.
Okay, so this isn’t exactly a timeline in the normal sense of the word, but at least Downey isn’t officially saying goodbye to the Marvel world just yet. That being said, there currently aren’t any plans for another Iron Man-centered film, but you can see Downey in Spider-Man: Homecoming (out this week).
Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on July 7, 2017.