Tony Stark Robert Downey Jr.

It pretty much goes without saying at this point, but Robert Downey Jr. has essentially become synonymous with his role as Tony Stark and his alter-ego, Iron Man. Downey has been leading the MCU since the very beginning, having returned to portray his character a total of seven times, with his most recent appearance in this weekend's Spider-Man: Homecoming. It's clear that after all these years that Downey still likes to play the character, and he recently spoke about why it's still a positive experience for him and what it feels like to be in the incredibly successful MCU.

I've been semi-retired since the first weekend Iron Man 1 opened. The great thing about life is good things happen -- and I'll speak for myself -- and you get inflated. You think, 'Oh my God, I've created everything that's great in my life.' And then things happen where you go, 'OK, there's evidence to the contrary' and at this point you go back to thinking, 'It's nice to be on this call sheet.

In the time since Iron Man sparked new life into his career, Rober Downey Jr. has gone on to star in plenty of non-MCU films, such as getting another franchise in Sherlock Holmes and starring in comedies like Due Date and Tropic Thunder. It sounds like he hasn't forgotten how lucky he is to be a part of the biggest franchise in the world, though. Despite the fact that Downey is paid money that would make Scrooge McDuck pull out his hair (feathers?), Downey seems to still genuinely enjoy being Iron Man even after all this time.

Per the Toronto Sun, Robert Downey Jr. says that it's "nice to be on the call sheet" for all the various Marvel movies that he's a part of. In addition to appearing in Spider-Man: Homecoming as a mentor to Tom Holland's Peter Parker, Downey will be starring in Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel, the untitled Avengers 4. After that, it's anyone's guess as to what the future looks like for Tony Stark. People have been assuming that Downey will hang up his iconic character after the conclusion of Phase 4, but it's unclear how that will happen. Until that day comes, Downey will just be enjoying the ride knowing that the finish line is likely within sight.

You can see Robert Downey Jr. appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is out in theaters right now and already doing quite well for itself. Afterward, find out what's next on the watch list with our 2017 movie release schedule to find out all movies hitting theaters for the rest of the year. For all the latest movie news, make sure to keep it right here at CinemaBlend.

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