Mark Wahlberg Kind of Throws Hat in Ring to be Next Iron Man
Robert Downey Jr. may have taken Marvel’s Iron Man franchise to record-breaking heights over the last five years, but both the studio and the 48-year-old actor have hinted at an eventual handing over of the baton to a younger (less expensive) actor. But who could fill the shoes of the man who has become possibly the most marketable character in film in recent years? Well, it looks like Mark Wahlberg has thrown his hat in the ring.
Screenrant reports that Wahlberg mentioned a desire to don Tony Stark’s iconic suit in a recent interview with Yahoo! Movies UK.
“I would like to take over the ‘Iron Man’ franchise for Robert Downey [but] it’s one of those things where I kind of like playing real people, [so] I’ve never been asked," he said in the interview.
Wahlberg, who was promoting his recent action-comedy 2 Guns, went on to discuss the current state of the film industry, criticizing big-budget blockbusters for being end-of-the-world clones of each other.
“It’s all kind of the same shit,” he said.
So, naturally, it makes sense that he’d want to play the lead character in one of the most successful film franchises of all-time that continually deals with apocalypse-advancing villains, right?
We’re not sure whether Wahlberg is serious, but Marvel president Kevin Feige has previously stated that he definitely sees the position opening up after Downey, Jr.’s imminent retire—well, not that imminent. Downey, Jr. just signed on the play Stark in upcoming Avengers films all the way up to 2018.
“I believe there will be a fourth ‘Iron Man’ and a fifth, sixth and a 10th and a 20th," said Feige. "I see no reason why Tony Stark can’t be as evergreen as James Bond, Batman, or for that matter, Spider-Man.”
Was Wahlberg serious about suiting up, or was he just taking a sly cut at industry? Watch the interview above and decide for yourself.
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