'Iron Man' can be like 'James Bond', says Marvel's Kevin Feige
Published Apr 30 2012, 17:48 BST | By Mark Langshaw Iron Man
's long term continuity could follow the example set by the
franchise, according to
Kevin Feige told
that the series is likely to continue with another lead actor when
Robert Downey Jr
eventually steps down from his role of Tony Stark.
"I think Bond is a good example," he said. "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
However, Downey Jr is likely to remain in the role for some time, with
Iron Man 3 already in the works
"I think [the character] can age with the actor, if the actor stays with it," Feige added.
Downey Jr previously said that he would
hate to see another actor appear in the role
The actor has appeared as Tony Stark in two
, as well as making a brief cameo as the billionaire genius for
The Incredible Hulk
was released in the UK last week, recording the third-biggest Thursday opening for the territory. It will debut in the US on May 4.
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