Robert Downey, Jr. on the effects of Iron Man 3 and where we find Stark in Avengers 2

Now that they’ve finally shown off a ton of cool footage from Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel has let Tony Stark loose to open up about where we’ll find Iron Man in his next big-screen appearance.

As anyone who saw Iron Man 3 knows, the events of The Avengers left Stark in a very dark place that it took an entire film to work through and regain his confidence in the wake of stopping an alien invasion. Not surprisingly, Robert Downey Jr. says Age of Ultron will continue Stark’s journey as he takes the next step in his approach to save the world.

Here’s what Downey said in an in-house interview with Marvel about his character:

“I thought that the third Iron Man was about [Tony] transcending his dependence on the merits of continuing to wear your wound. That was what [director] Shane [Black] and I thought was the real win, that he throws that thing that had become a dependency away. Because that was the question I was always asking, why doesn’t he get those shards out [of his chest]? It’s dangerous.

It reminds me of all that stuff, particularly as you get a little older or if you have any existential queries whatsoever. Why aren’t I dealing with that which is going to destroy me any second anyway? The armor was kind of an extension of that.  There were so many suits, but I think he realizes that making all the suits in the world, which is what he had been doing, still didn’t [help him]. His focus [now] is more on how can we make it so that there’s no problem to begin with. That there’s a bouncer at our planet’s rope. That’s the big idea.

Now I feel rather than him putting it all down, he was saying, ‘all right, job one roughly taken care of. And I think job two [is to] go back east and get people organized and do what I can. I love that Tony’s not one of those super heroes who’s ever lost his money. [laughs] Which is great.  He’s never lost his dough … [Tony’s] the guy who is the technologically possible super hero, [so] Joss is leaning on me a little bit, like, ‘if this is credible to you, even if you snark about it a little bit, then other people are going to buy it.’ And I'm like, ‘that’s true.’”

We can’t wait to see where Stark goes next, and we’re glad Downey will be sticking around for at least a few more Marvel movies. Stark’s journey has been one of the greatest aspects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and we can’t wait to see where he ends up by the time Age of Ultron wraps up.

What do you think is coming next for Tony Stark?

(Via Marvel)

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