In a recent interview with Empire Magazine, Downey admitted that he is getting old for his action superhero role and also for donning the Iron Man suit.
He added that he recognizes that he will be turning 50 by the time he promotes the “Iron Man 4” movie. He explained that the clock is ticking down on the number of memories and participation that he would allow himself and not embarrass the medium with.
Downey’s statements seem to prove notions that he will perhaps relinquish the role and allow Marvel Studios to re-cast Tony Stark or simply do what the comic books do which is having someone else other than Tony Stark stepping in to be Iron Man.
There have been previous reports saying that the someone else could by Ty Simpkins, who played Harley Keener in “Iron Man 3.” Critics believe that Simpkins may be old enough by 2019 to star in the new Iron Man film.
From that notion, speculations began to swirl that it is possible that Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark will appoint Harley as his successor. But there are also other speculations saying that it could be James Rhodes, played by Don Cheadle, who is the alter ego of the Iron Patriot, that could become Tony Stark’s successor.