robert downey jr tall

TOP 5 Replacements for Robert Downey Jr. as IRON MAN

profile pic

iron man 3 banner slice TOP 5 Replacements for Robert Downey Jr. as IRON MAN
With Robert Downey Jr.’s recent bout of doubt concerning his future with Marvel Studios, we were bound to ask the question, who could possibly replace him as the great cynical Shellhead?  Now, before you storm the mighty $425/month basement suite of UTF (otherwise known as the “haha, you’re broke apartment” by our douchey slumlord), allow me to explain our selection.  The first two mighty replacements are based on a world where Robert Downey Jr will remain in the Marvel Universe as Tony Stark, but he’ll be replaced as the primary protagonist of the Iron Man series.  And those final 3 are based on Kevin Feige’s idea to “Bond it”, as in replace the actor, but keep the same continuity, so we don’t need to reboot the series over, and over, and over, and over.

Alright, now that you’ve got a handle on our selection technique, here’s our official list of the TOP 5 REPLACEMENTS FOR ROBERT DOWNEY JR.

In a world where RDJ is still Stark, but not the lead hero…

1) Gwyneth Paltrow

gwyneth paltrow iron man 3 banner slice rescue TOP 5 Replacements for Robert Downey Jr. as IRON MAN

As much as I may dislike Paltrow for her “snobby” ways, she’s my #1 choice to replace Robert Downey Jr. in future Iron Man flicks.  Can you imagine Tony Stark sitting at home, an ice chilled single malt in one hand and a cigar in the other, pissed because Pepper missed yet another date night (which the couple had clearly set aside in their schedule… especially after she missed the one last week).  Meanwhile, Ms. Potts is in the middle of a dogfight above Los Angeles, battling a rogue Starktech suit which has suddenly become sentient… Ultron!

Alright, that example might be a bit too specific, and a bit too bizarre, but the whole appeal of Paltrow as Iron Man (or… should I say Iron Woman?) is that it will flip the entire archetype on its head, which was teased in that final fight in IRON MAN 3.

2) Don Cheadle

 TOP 5 Replacements for Robert Downey Jr. as IRON MAN

If I had to choose only one complaint from my dumpster truck full of Iron Man 3 whining, it would have to be the lackluster use of James “Iron Patriot” Rhodes.    In the first flick, his character was given ample amount of screen time, cementing his relationship with the unbalanced and poorly tempered Tony Stark.  And in the sequel, we finally saw Rhodes in his War Machine armor, fighting in a balls to the wall battle alongside Iron Man in the film’s finale. Then along comes Iron Man 3… and Rhodey is relegated to occasional drinking buddy and incompetent Stark armor pilot (how many times can he get kicked out of his own suit?).

Let’s give Rhodey some time to shine as the lead in the next Iron Man movie, and RDJ can be his annoying, nagging, technology-friendly bud.

 

If they “James Bond” it…

3) Jon Hamm

 TOP 5 Replacements for Robert Downey Jr. as IRON MAN

We tapped into the universe’s unfailing love for resident alcoholic-in-chief Jon Hamm for our April Fools’ prank this year, and leagues of irate fanboys and fangirls jumped into the fray to support this selection.  There were, of course, a few diehard fans who opposed our false selection, but besides their vociferous reaction to replacing Robert Downey Jr., everyone pretty much agreed that Jon Hamm is a damn fine substitute.  After all, his performance in Mad Men is much more in line with the classic iteration of the Gold and Red Avenger.

4) James Franco

 TOP 5 Replacements for Robert Downey Jr. as IRON MAN

I can’t even lie… I only chose Franco because of this suave picture of him next to a scary bear.  He looks pretty damn dapper, right?  Would you dare say he looks Tony Stark-esque?  After proving himself capable as a leading man in the past few years (between all the limb cutting and inconvenient wizardry), I’d happily nominate him to the role of Stark-meister.

Although, out of everyone in this list, I don’t think he would make a satisfying replacement to RDJ.  Everyone would say “He’s pretty damn good at killing people with that Unibeam, but he’s no Robert Doweny Jr.”

5) Bradley Cooper

 TOP 5 Replacements for Robert Downey Jr. as IRON MAN

This one was a bit too easy.  Bradley Cooper is a sarcastic, cynical, suave dickhead, and he’d be a perfect replacement for RDJ.  Although, I would much prefer if Marvel Studios and their head honcho Kevin Feige selected Cooper to introduce a new hero into their cinematic universe.  Doctor Strange, perhaps?  How about Daredevil?  Dare I say… Moon Knight?

 

Well, this bit of fan-casting is as far as our imagination was willing to go.  Did you have anyone else in mind?  Sound off with your ideas below!

BTW, I’m sure this wonderful fella is completely unfazed by our speculation:

robert downey jr tall TOP 5 Replacements for Robert Downey Jr. as IRON MAN

S#!T Talking Central

  • Nielsen700

    Horrible choices.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thedaxx David Blunt

    Well, if they really wanted to do it like the comics, continuing the Iron Man story with Rhodey taking over as Iron Man. Robert can make cameos as Tony Stark in the new films, but you can focus on the effect the armor has on Rhodey’s mind as it wasn’t setup for him specifically. Then bring Robert back later for an Iron Man vs Iron Man Armor Wars movie.

  • camaro_mang

    why doesn’t anyone love Robert downy Junior anymore.

  • camaro_mang

    Christian bale could be iron mang?

  • http://www.facebook.com/LLKoolJayk Jayk Buscemi

    Jeremy Piven is my choice to replace RDJ

  • Ryan Deadpooln

    Maybe Jon Hamm, maybe. Please don’t leave RBJ! You ARE Tony Stark!

  • LasH

    What about Timothy Olyphant?

  • http://twitter.com/Gingergreek Pani B

    james franco?? hell no

  • lucascott

    I could see them going the totally opposite direction and find a relative unknown. Someone perhaps that has always played 4th fiddle in the movies or has only been seen on TV. They couldn’t do someone like Shawn Ashmore because he’s already a character in the X Men but someone on that sort of TV level or even age could work especially for scenario one. They could even rewrite things a tad and play it that Rhodey found some younger, athletic solder to fill the suit. Maybe originally thinking the ‘kid’ would fill in until Tony got over his angst fest/health issues. But that day might ever come

  • http://www.facebook.com/ferdinand.u.wang Ferdinand Uziel Wang

    Bradley Cooper? Hm, I don’t know. It’s like casting Ben Stiller as a badass.

  • Nipples

    My favorite is Josh Brolin. He’s the right age, cool, handsome and a very good actor

  • http://www.facebook.com/j.b.wangdi Jorden Brahma Wangdi

    tom cruz

  • http://twitter.com/nineteen84 Mike James

    Holy shit Cooper as Marc Spector…you’ve got me salivating. Not that Marvel would ever do a Moon Knight film, he doesn’t even show up in comics anymore. Which is a damn shame.

  • http://twitter.com/nineteen84 Mike James

    But I think they should go Rhodey as Iron Man, with Stark incapacitated by alcoholism or paralysis, because its right in line with the comics. Rhodey actually spent a fairly significant run as Iron Man.

    • http://twitter.com/nineteen84 Mike James

      Though honestly I preferred Howard’s Rhodey over Cheadle

  • Kermdfrag

    Colin Farrell or just stop being cheap, pay RDJ what he’s worth.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1324056725 Hakmer Siregar

    Nathan Fillion

  • Chris Mulvogue

    Jeffrey Dean Morgan would be the perfect replacement, similar enough to RDJ’s Tony Stark, but different enough so that the transition from actor to actor would not aggravate the average audience member.

  • Dave Martin

    Writing drunk does not work for everyone but you gave it a try.

    • Unleash The Fanboy

      Haha, many thanks

  • Vincentcs

    The Only I agree is Bradley cooper (see Limitless), he can definitely pulls off the snarky look of Tony Stark. But the best choice should be TImothy Olyphant. He’s supposed to be in the role, but due to schedule and other stuffs, Jon decide to go with the 2nd choice, RDJ … which turns out to be the best portrayal of Comic book character on screen.

  • Vincentcs

    The Only I agree is Bradley cooper (see Limitless), he can definitely pulls off the snarky look of Tony Stark. But the best choice should be TImothy Olyphant. He’s supposed to be in the role, but due to schedule and other stuffs, Jon decide to go with the 2nd choice, RDJ … which turns out to be the best portrayal of Comic book character on screen.

  • Alonzo Golden

    Those aren’t bad choices. I also think Adrian Pasdar would rock the role quite well. For now, RDJ owns it. He’s the king. Lets just enjoy as he rules.

Top Stories