One major aspect of the marketing campaign behind Spider-Man: Homecoming has focused on the inclusion of Robert Downey Jr. in the film. It makes sense that Tony Stark would play an important role in the first steps of Spidey becoming a hero, as they hinted at a mentor relationship during the events of Captain America: Civil War. Since his first appearance in 2008’s Iron Man, Downey has become a staple for the franchise. To some degree, it could make sense that Homecoming would be the passing of a candle to a brand new staple character that may take over from the actor. Spidey actor Tom Holland certainly had a lot of praise to offer to the man that kicked off the MCU.

“Robert is a really lovely, down to earth kind of guy. He’s funny, he’s talented, he’s cool and he’s just a great guy to be around. He brings a very positive energy to set and makes everyone feel welcome. I am so grateful that he agreed to be in this movie because we really needed him to drive home the fact that we are bringing Spider-Man home to the MCU. He is the Godfather.”

Downey has not headlined a film since 2014’s The Judge and he had a much larger supporting role in various films, such as Avengers: Age of Ultron and Civil War. He actually confessed that taking up the role of Tony Stark with every film has become quite challenging and that he has set a certain limit for himself.

“Everyone says to me it’s like a glove that fits so well. I have to start over every time but I am starting over with a pretty solid base. I just never want to blow it for the last six or seven (MCU movies) I have done by dropping the ball because I decided to go do it one more time. I just want to hang up my jersey before it’s embarrassing.”

While fans wish that the actor could play the character for many more years, it is understandable that he would want to have some kind of end to his career in the MCU so that he can continue his career in other ways. When asked what motivated him to return to the character before filming the major project that is Avengers: Infinity War, he said being part of Homecoming has given him some flashbacks to good times.

“I felt like we were literally back in the writer’s room on the first Iron Man. So there was a real sense of a homecoming toward this — not experimental, because there is so much more data now and the process is so much more streamlined — but I didn’t feel like I was being asked to just fit in somewhere. They wanted us to bring our own little thing.”

One thing is for sure, the actor is still enthusiastic about portraying the character and we still have three films (including Homecoming) featuring him in the future. While we are unsure what his future may entail beyond Infinity War and it’s unnamed sequel, he certainly has left a legacy in this universe which has given many the opportunity to embrace a whole new world of heroics.

Do you think the character’s strongest days are behind us? How would you like to see Stark leave the MCU? Let us know, in the comments!