With Robert Downey, Jr. set to step into the filthy-rich shoes of Tony Stark for a fifth time in the upcoming Iron Man 3, one has to wonder how long the 47-year-old actor can keep up with these fast-paced superhero actioners.
In a discussion with fandom blog Badass Digest, Marvel boss Kevin Feige suggests following another famous cinematic playboy action hero's lead:
"I think Bond is a good example. Let's put it this way: I hope Downey makes a lot of movies for us as Stark. If and when he doesn't, and I'm still here making these movies, we don't take him to Afghanistan and have him wounded again. I think we James Bond it."
Having multiple actors play Bond over his fifty-year history has been a series of ups and downs, but even the sheer insanity of the Roger Moore films couldn't kill people's interest in the character. What do you think? Would different actors playing Iron Man hurt the legitimacy of the character, or do you think it would work? Which actors do you think have the chops to pick up where Robert Downey, Jr. will eventually leave off?