At least one star is already prepared to suit up whenever Robert Downey Jr. decides to hang up the Iron Man helmet. Well ... maybe.
While out promoting his latest flick, 2 Guns, Mark Wahlberg was asked if he would ever consider taking on a superhero role. He immediately brought up Iron Man, but he was also quick to point out his reservations about such a role.
“I would like to take over the Iron Man franchise for Robert Downey, [but] it’s one of those things where I kind of like playing real people," Wahlberg said. "I’ve never been asked. Once I was kind of being talked about for the Robin role in Batman. Whoo, somebody dodged a bullet!”
Wahlberg was critical of FX-driven summer movies in the interview, but noted that he did like the mix of humor and action in The Avengers, and said that his views on interacting with CGI characters are changing due to working with a computer-generated teddy bear in last year's Ted, and working with the Autobots in Transformers 4 now. So it sounds like he might be overcoming his reservations enough to join the Marvel machine someday.
"It would really depend on the part and the situation," he said.
Downey's not going anywhere for at least a little while longer, though. After much speculation earlier this year over how much longer he'd be Tony Stark, he signed a new deal with Marvel that puts him on board for two more Avengers flicks, though there's been no mention of an Iron Man 4. Plus, he pretty much owns the Iron Man role in the public eye, so whoever stepped into those shoes after him would be in for a real challenge. Still, it sounds like with the right offer, Wahlberg would be in.
What do you think? Would Wahlberg be a good choice to replace Downey someday? Can you picture him with the trademark Stark goatee?
Check out the full video interview with Wahlberg below.