The Oscars have come and gone, bringing the summer movie season that much closer. The film that is slated to kick off this year's run of summer blockbuster, Iron Man 3, continues to release new character posters.
Over the past couple of weeks, we've seen character posters for Don Cheadle's Iron Patriot and Guy Pearce's Aldrich Killian. Last Friday, we got a look at Iron Man nemesis The Mandarin, played by Ben Kingsley and today, we kick off the week with Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts. Click on it for a larger version.
But there's more! Empire's latest issue finds Tony Stark on the cover along with three new images inside. Of the three, the one that will probably hold the most interest for Marvel/Iron Man fans is the last one, which finds Stark in a shirt with an A.I.M. logo on the front.
A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics) is an organization of brilliant scientists dedicated to the acquisition of power and the overthrow of government by technological means. The group was organized during World War II as the scientific research division of the military organization Hydra.
Finally, there's new news regarding Iron Man himself. Robert Downey Jr.'s contract with Marvel concludes with his role in Iron Man 3, but does that mean we've seen the last of him?
According to an interview with Empire via ComicBookMovie, Downey Jr. said, "There's a little bit of soul reclamation going on. I feel that the first time I played Tony, I did it best. 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 picky about that either."
While that doesn't sound like a concrete affirmation that he'll return, he assures fans, "Tony's going to carry on. Avengers 2 already has a release date."
When asked how he feels about the possibility of being replaced by another actor to continue the Stark character, Downey doesn't seem too concerned about it.
"It would probably be the best thing in the world for me. You know, ego… but sometimes ego just has to be smashed. Let's see what happens. I take the audience very seriously – I feel bad when I see folks doing movies and the audience is like, 'Don't do that anymore.' I don't have to overstay my welcome…"
What do you think? Would you like to see Downey continue to play the Armored Avenger or would you like to see another actor take a shot at the role?