Robert Downey Jr. has had more than an illustrious career. Standing at the top of his professional field, he became an international icon and legend of entertainment with his portrayal of Tony Stark a.k.a Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which saw him reprise the role eleven times, with a rumored twelfth in Black Widow which releases in May 2020. Few people can ever see Robert Downey Jr. playing any other character in the franchise or superhero for that matter, In a questionnaire that was answered by children on BBC Radio One, Downey Jr. was asked as to which characters he would enjoy playing in the MCU and one of his answers may surprise you.
During the interview BBC‘s Dev and Alice’s Dev asked the question and Downey Jr responded saying:
“I can’t think of any red-blooded American boy that didn’t imagine themselves as Spider-Man growing up. However, looking back on it now – also because I’m just such a Jeremy Renner fan, and he made it so cool, particularly when he turns into Ronin (Avengers: Endgame) – I would say Hawkeye would be my go-to.”Robert Downey Jr., BBC’s Dev and Alice, BBC Radio One.
It is understandably awkward to hear RDJ’s interest in playing another MCU superpower, especially considering that the fan in many of us would immediately begin picturing ideas of what the actor may look like in those roles. Spider-Man, as Downey Jr. states, is the systematic reaction many young comic book readers and enthusiasts would gravitate towards in North America.
Hawkeye, however, is a bit of a different take, granted the character has received much attention and acclaim since his introduction in 2011’s Thor, it may make sense when you consider that Tony Stark and Clint Barton are not enhanced. Stark is a genius. Barton is a strategist. It’s that simple and may be the reasoning behind Robert Downey Jr’s answer.
What do you think? Are these the same character you would have chosen? Would you have enjoyed seeing Robert Downey Jr. take on one of these roles in an MCU or a potential Marvel What-If? episode? Let us know!