Robert Downey Jr hints at the end of Iron Man

The 48-year-old star suggests he might be about to call time on Tony Stark and his superhero alter ego

Robert Downey Jr has hinted that it might be time to draw a line under the Iron Man films.

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The 48-year-old actor, who has played Tony Stark and his metal-clad alter ego since 2008, said: “How many genre movies can I do? How many follow-ups to a successful follow-up are actually fun?

“This period of time, this shall pass. Fortunately I’ve been around the block enough – I’m not ill-prepared. And I love change.”

The star also revealed that he is no longer tied to Marvel who make the Iron Man films.

“Right now I don’t have a contract to do anything, and I did for the last five years,” he told GQ magazine.

The role of Stark/Iron Man was responsible for giving Downey’s career a second wind, turning him from troubled tabloid favourite – with a number of stints in rehab and jail under his belt – to credible blockbuster star, and opening the door to subsequent film successes such as Tropic Thunder, Sherlock Holmes and The Avengers, the Marvel ensemble movie in which he also played Tony Stark.

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Iron Man 3 is in UK cinemas from 25 April.