Chatting with Empire actor Robert Downey Jr discussed his future as Iron Man in Marvel's superhero team up sequel "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "Captain America: Civil War".
"Age of Ultron feels like a beginning and an ending," saying that film will offer clues for Stark's direction in the next Captain America flick— although he stops short of agreeing that Iron Man will be the big bad.
"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," Downey explained. "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?' "
He also talked about signing on for more Marvel movies, saying that he feels that the studio is "making all the right moves," and wanting to continue to be part of that. "I also recognize that I'll be turning 50 by the time I promote this movie," he added, joking that "the clock is ticking down on the amount of memories and participation that I would allow myself and not embarrass the medium with."
He says that he hopes to be able to "take even a lesser position in support" of other franchises to "keep things bumping along … a little longer than they might have."
Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released on May 1. Production on Cap 3 is slated to begin in Atlanta and run from April to August to meet a May 6th 2016 release.