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AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (2018): Joe Russo Says “Nobody” Can Replace Robert Downey Jr.

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Avengers: Infinity War Director Says Robert Downey Jr. Is Irreplaceable

Avengers: Infinity War co-director Joe Russo said that there is “nobody” who can take Robert Downey Jr.’s place as Iron Man.

As one of two directors (the other being his brother Anthony) on the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Russo has spent a lot of time working with Downey in what is bound to be a pivotal point in the franchise’s history. With this in mind, Russo’s opinion is very much worth considering, especially given that he was so unequivocal in his remarks.

That being said, he did acknowledge that Downey may be replaced at some point along the way, although he seemed to indicate it would be more in the context of a reboot than him simply being replaced a la Edward Norton as Bruce Banner in the early years of the Avengers series. offers the following speculation in regards to a potential replacement of Downey:

If and when Downey leaves the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s not as though the studio has no other options for an armored replacement.In addition to the already-existing War Machine, the Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Deodato created the teen superhero Riri Williams — known as Ironheart — back in 2016 for the comics. Following Tony’s coma in the events of Civil War II, she took over as an iron warrior in her own solo book and has worked with the teen superhero group the Champions as well as the Avengers.

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