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Captain America: Civil War directors say recasting Iron Man is impossible

03.17.2016

We've been fairly fortunate to make it through the majority of the Marvel Cinematic Universe without much recasting taking place, but the time may come when actors like Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and Robert Downey Jr. won't be the ones filling their characters respective suits. We don't know exactly what Marvel has planned for those eventualities, but in the case of Robert Downey Jr., Joe and Anthony Russo believe that recasting him would be borderline impossible.

The CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR directors sat down with Forbes recently where they were asked about recasting Marvel's most famous hero.

It’s almost impossible to replace Robert, he’s the biggest movie star in the world. One close up from Robert is worth another actor’s entire performance, he’s incredibly gifted and insanely talented. I think if and when he is done with the character I think you will find that Iron Man might disappear for a while. I think the only way that you could reboot that character is to give a generational gap that would allow another actor to at least have a chance to redefine that character without the enormous spectre of Robert hanging over it. There are so many characters in the Marvel universe that can pick up the ball and run without it through the next phase or two before you need to see Iron Man again, frankly.

After Marvel drove a dump truck full of money up to Robert Downey Jr.'s house, it was fairly clear that they wanted him to stick around, but when the time comes that Downey has simply had enough (or they can no longer afford him), giving the character a break might be the way to go. Anthony and Joe Russo do bring up a good point however, the MCU has evolved to the point where it is populated by enough interesting characters to keep the ship running without Iron Man. The CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR directors hope that Iron Man won't be subject to the same mistakes that Spider-Man was, when we got three different versions of the character in under fifteen years.

There is the fatigue factor that comes with it. I’m a skeptical fan and I would look at the multiple version and I would even go, "Guys, give me a break. Let me wash my palette clean of whatever the last interpretation was because you’re exhausting me!"

That said, they're hoping that Marvel's revamp of Spider-Man will be a "really invigorating piece of story telling and a catalyzing interpretation of the character" who Spider-Man fans "will shit themselves over." The Forbes interview contains more information about Spider-Man's costume as well as his role in CIVIL WAR, which you can check out right here.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR is set for a May 6, 2016 release.

What's the best scenario for you? Robert Downey Jr. leaves and the character is recast, either immediately or after a hiatus, or would you prefer that a new character take on the mantle of Iron Man?

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6:00PM on 03/19/2016

Recasting IM isn't the problem, recasting *Stark is.

They could always do what Marvel has done repeatedly in the past: keep the armor & just put someone else in it. Rhodey wore it for ages as IM before he got the War Machine armor, and there have been others. Hell one time they grabbed a younger version of Stark though some time travel thingy to take over. It's *not that hard...
They could always do what Marvel has done repeatedly in the past: keep the armor & just put someone else in it. Rhodey wore it for ages as IM before he got the War Machine armor, and there have been others. Hell one time they grabbed a younger version of Stark though some time travel thingy to take over. It's *not that hard...
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2:30PM on 03/18/2016
I feel it would be right to wait a decade or two and then recast Tony Stark. I also feel the same about Wolverine. Hugh Jackman redefined the character and they even changed the character in the comics to mimic Jackman's version. Spider man is an easy recast and so was the Hulk. I think it would be difficult to recast Thor and Loki too.
I feel it would be right to wait a decade or two and then recast Tony Stark. I also feel the same about Wolverine. Hugh Jackman redefined the character and they even changed the character in the comics to mimic Jackman's version. Spider man is an easy recast and so was the Hulk. I think it would be difficult to recast Thor and Loki too.
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12:20PM on 03/18/2016
You can't copy RDJ. And he's made the part his own. I'm not saying that there will never be another Iron Man, but it's smart not to be in any hurry to find another one. Hell, even if he retires, he could probably be brought back in kind of like Nick Fury if he wanted to do a glorified cameo here and there. As for Spider-Man, the fact that he'll be sharing the screen with so many other superheroes ought to help ease us into accepting the new character.
You can't copy RDJ. And he's made the part his own. I'm not saying that there will never be another Iron Man, but it's smart not to be in any hurry to find another one. Hell, even if he retires, he could probably be brought back in kind of like Nick Fury if he wanted to do a glorified cameo here and there. As for Spider-Man, the fact that he'll be sharing the screen with so many other superheroes ought to help ease us into accepting the new character.
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9:45AM on 03/18/2016

Well, Duh

There simply IS no replacement.
There simply IS no replacement.
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11:55PM on 03/17/2016
I like the idea of "benching" the character for a while and passing the torch to someone other than Tony Stark. I think if you were to cast another Tony Stark then you'd pretty much have to start a while new universe. That doesn't mean you'd have to rehash the same stories. Hell, you could reference them like they already happened in the new universe but clearly they would have to explore different stories and so on.
I like the idea of "benching" the character for a while and passing the torch to someone other than Tony Stark. I think if you were to cast another Tony Stark then you'd pretty much have to start a while new universe. That doesn't mean you'd have to rehash the same stories. Hell, you could reference them like they already happened in the new universe but clearly they would have to explore different stories and so on.
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10:34PM on 03/17/2016

lucky

We are lucky to have these guys be apart of marvel. They are basically making the biggest marvwl movie ever with infinty war coming and civil war looks like the most epic superhereo movie this year IMO
We are lucky to have these guys be apart of marvel. They are basically making the biggest marvwl movie ever with infinty war coming and civil war looks like the most epic superhereo movie this year IMO
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10:28PM on 03/17/2016

Hmm Han too

Han Solo should never have been recast, yet here we go. But this is not what I wanted to comment. Rhodey takes over for Iron Man in times of need, I would be fine seeing that, but it just needs to be a while down the line. The recasting during the arc kind of sucks.
Han Solo should never have been recast, yet here we go. But this is not what I wanted to comment. Rhodey takes over for Iron Man in times of need, I would be fine seeing that, but it just needs to be a while down the line. The recasting during the arc kind of sucks.
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11:05PM on 03/17/2016
He's not being recast, they're doing a prequel story. It would be kind of stupid if a 75 year-old Ford played a 20 year-old Han Solo.
He's not being recast, they're doing a prequel story. It would be kind of stupid if a 75 year-old Ford played a 20 year-old Han Solo.
2:09PM on 03/18/2016
I like the idead of Rhodes taking over as Iron Man if RDJ gets too tired of the role.
I like the idead of Rhodes taking over as Iron Man if RDJ gets too tired of the role.
10:10PM on 03/17/2016

So in summary:

"It would be a mistake to recast Iron Man as frequently as Spider-man since fans get burnt out by all the recasting. By the way, hope you're going to like another new version of Spider-man in our movie."
"It would be a mistake to recast Iron Man as frequently as Spider-man since fans get burnt out by all the recasting. By the way, hope you're going to like another new version of Spider-man in our movie."
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9:41PM on 03/17/2016

Why not just make him a mentor?

You bring on a young genius (ala Ant Man) who convinces Downey (in one last role) that he's the person to take over the mantle. Heck, you could have it be a long-lost son he acquired in his wild days that he never knew about. Then you get to tell an origin story without it being the "Iron Man" story again. He has to learn to use the suit PLUS deal with Tony's enormous shadow (especially if he's a key character against Thanos).

So the Iron Man franchise goes on, but in a completely
You bring on a young genius (ala Ant Man) who convinces Downey (in one last role) that he's the person to take over the mantle. Heck, you could have it be a long-lost son he acquired in his wild days that he never knew about. Then you get to tell an origin story without it being the "Iron Man" story again. He has to learn to use the suit PLUS deal with Tony's enormous shadow (especially if he's a key character against Thanos).

So the Iron Man franchise goes on, but in a completely different way than before. But no.....you can't reboot this series....not for 20 or 30 years. Downey owns this character more than anyone I can think of in any action role (outside of Ford in Star Wars or Indiana Jones).
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9:37PM on 03/17/2016
I agree completely with the fact that if and when Downey Jr is done with Iron Man, that they shouldn't recast right away and should just let the character 'rest' until years later down the road. Downey Jr has made such an iconic and memorable impact on the character and the MCU that it would be impossible to find a replacement that would be worthy and/or wouldn't upset fans. And I also think Downey Jr is to Iron Man, what Jackman is to Wolverine and that he is one of the best comic book
I agree completely with the fact that if and when Downey Jr is done with Iron Man, that they shouldn't recast right away and should just let the character 'rest' until years later down the road. Downey Jr has made such an iconic and memorable impact on the character and the MCU that it would be impossible to find a replacement that would be worthy and/or wouldn't upset fans. And I also think Downey Jr is to Iron Man, what Jackman is to Wolverine and that he is one of the best comic book castings (arguably best) to ever grace the screen. So because of that, Marvel should tread lightly in determining what to do next with the character because there is no one else who could take over or make it any more memorable than Downey Jr at the moment.
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10:09PM on 03/17/2016
Isn't there a storyline in the comics that Tony was on the run? Maybe they could use that for Iron Man.
Isn't there a storyline in the comics that Tony was on the run? Maybe they could use that for Iron Man.
11:44PM on 03/17/2016
But lots of great actors have been replaced. Bonds. Jokers. Batmans. RDJ is great, and I hope there's not IM4 in 2 years with a different Tony just bc of contract stuff, but it can be done. There's a couple actors off top I think could do it. But the MCU is so filled with other characters they could rest it awhile.

Side note, here's the best thing I think they can do with Wolvy - I know they are trying old man logan, but they need to find a way to introduce his clone Laura. And then
But lots of great actors have been replaced. Bonds. Jokers. Batmans. RDJ is great, and I hope there's not IM4 in 2 years with a different Tony just bc of contract stuff, but it can be done. There's a couple actors off top I think could do it. But the MCU is so filled with other characters they could rest it awhile.

Side note, here's the best thing I think they can do with Wolvy - I know they are trying old man logan, but they need to find a way to introduce his clone Laura. And then they can make the next wolverine just ab her. She has similar issues but she's a clone. No one has to live up to Jackmans shoes. They don't have to rest the character. She has her own individual issues but still the badass wolverine stuff, and the biggest win for the studio - they can do the female/diversity super hero lead fairly organically. Get a mixture of Michelle Rodriguez and Emily Blunt. And if they don't think her character/story is strong enough, she'd be a great sidekick for deadpool/X-force
9:13PM on 03/17/2016
Don't think you guys get it. It was bad enough that Rhodes and Banner were re-cast. They can't possibly do the recasting thing as long as they're operating in this version of the MCU.
Don't think you guys get it. It was bad enough that Rhodes and Banner were re-cast. They can't possibly do the recasting thing as long as they're operating in this version of the MCU.
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9:44PM on 03/17/2016
Maybe the battle with Thanos will mess with reality and everyone will get recast at once.....
Maybe the battle with Thanos will mess with reality and everyone will get recast at once.....
11:46PM on 03/17/2016
Haha with my power of the infinity gauntlet, I will... recast all of you aging actors into actors in their mid 20s and possibly make some of you non-white and/or female
Haha with my power of the infinity gauntlet, I will... recast all of you aging actors into actors in their mid 20s and possibly make some of you non-white and/or female
9:04PM on 03/17/2016
Well, if Marvel can't pay high salary for RDJ any longer, re-casting is always possible.
Well, if Marvel can't pay high salary for RDJ any longer, re-casting is always possible.
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8:49PM on 03/17/2016
Eh, RDJ is incredible as iron man and I understand saying that out of respect to him, but there's hundreds of ways to redo it. They could do James Bond type, they could do iron man who isn't tony stark. There's lots of comic iterations of the character. But him missing a phase or two would be ok
Eh, RDJ is incredible as iron man and I understand saying that out of respect to him, but there's hundreds of ways to redo it. They could do James Bond type, they could do iron man who isn't tony stark. There's lots of comic iterations of the character. But him missing a phase or two would be ok
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