Avengers 2 Rumors: Ultron to Replace Tony Stark After ‘Age of Ultron’ if Robert Downey Jr. Leaves ‘Iron Man 4’? [+Video]

March 22, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Super villain Ultron could very well replace Tony Stark if Robert Downey Jr. doesn’t carry on with Iron Man 4.

Robert Downey Jr. dropped hints in early 2013 that he might not return to shoot Iron Man 4.

“Let’s just say that the only thing I ever let go of had claw marks in it. There’s a little bit of soul reclamation going on. I feel that the first time I played Tony, I did it best. Sorry!” Downey Jr. told Empire magazine (via ComicBookMovie) when asked if he would reprise his role after Iron Man 3.

The affinity with Tony now is: How do you sustain something? I’m not stupid, I like to play ball, I love the company, I love the character, and the business side of things, I’m not too picky about that either.”

Recently, IGN have also raised the possibility of Downey Jr. quitting, and how Marvel will have to handle his on-screen “retirement.”
 
 
The answer to who will replace Tony Stark/Robert Downey Jr. might just be answered in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
 
Marvel head Feige spoke with Movie, and hinted that the new character Ultron may be more than just a one-dimensional punch bag for super heroes to plummet.
 
“I think people are going to be very, very excited to see what we’re doing with the voice that Joss [Whedon] is bringing to life with James Spader for Ultron,” said Feige.”
 
“We love Ultron from the comics, and have always loved Ultron, and at no point do we want him to just be a robot. We want him to have an extreme personality and attitude, and James Spader is doing an unbelievable job.”
 
Superhero movies are not known for stunning plot twists, but Feige hints that people might just be in for a surprise.
 
“Again, for us it’s always about subverting expectations,” Feige adds.
 
“Whenever you think you know what’s coming next, we surprise people or deliver it in a slightly unexpected way. And Spader is doing that with Mr. Ultron.”
 
Filming for The Avengers: Age of Ultron has already began, and it will premiere May 1, 2015.