The Avengers is quickly approaching and people can’t seem to get enough news and scoops about The Avengers 2, Iron Man 3, Captain America 2 and Thor 2. An interesting piece of news comes from Devin over at Bad Ass Digest.

He had the chance to talk to Marvel’s Kevin Feige about the character of Iron Man, played irritatingly and perfectly by Robert Downey Jr. Keep in mind that RDJ signed a traditional three movie deal, before the whole Avengers initiative became an actual reality, so he doesn’t have to come back after Iron Man 3, but he’d be pretty stupid to turn down some easy cash.

Feige had this to say about the possibility of treating Iron Man like James Bond, with a new actor picking up where the old one left off:

“I think Bond is a good example. Let’s put it this way: I hope Downey makes a lot of movies for us as Stark. If and when he doesn’t, and I’m still here making these movies, we don’t take him to Afghanistan and have him wounded again. I think we James Bond it.”

I’m not sure where I side with this statement. As much as I don’t care for the Iron Man character, I really think RDJ has done a great job. If the movies change focus more on Iron Man in the suit and less Tony Stark then I don’t see recasting being a big deal, but I don’t think anyone can really nail the look and feel of Tony Stark as effortlessly as Robert Downey Jr. There’s just something about him that makes him pitch-perfect for the character and I’d like him to see it through for as long as possible.

Are you okay with them swapping out actors for Iron Man or do you think they should try and keep RDJ attached for as long as possible?