Mark Wahlberg Wants to Replace Robert Downey Jr. as ‘Iron Man’!

The actor discusses his distaste for CGI-driven movies and reveals that he was once up for the role of Robin in ‘Batman Forever’.

Mark Wahlberg wants to take over the Iron Man franchise

While doing press for the international release of his action-thriller 2 Guns, Mark Wahlberg revealed he is interested in taking over the Iron Man franchise from Robert Downey Jr., and revealed that he was previously in talks for another superhero role.

"I would like to take over the Iron Man franchise for Robert Downey Jr., [but] it's one of those things where I kind of like playing real people, [so] I've never been asked. Once I was kind of being talked about for the Robin role in Batman Forever -- somebody dodged a bullet!"

Back in April, Robert Downey Jr. expressed his interest in retiring from the Iron Man role, and it was later confirmed that Iron Man 3 is the actor's last stand-alone Iron Man movie, although the actor will be back as Tony Stark in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Despite his desire to play Tony Stark, and his starring role in Transformers 4, Mark Wahlberg revealed he isn't exactly fond of CGI-driven movies.

"You know, there's so many effects-driven movies. What people have a tendency to forget, because you look at a lot of the trailers and the summer movies that came out... they all look very similar. Certainly all the end of the world movies. It's like you can only do so much with effects. I don't think any person sitting at home watching a television spot, a 15-second spot or a 30 second spot, is gonna say 'Oh I'm gonna go see a movie because I haven't seen that!' You've seen it all before. People haven't been wowed by effects since Jurassic Park or The Perfect Storm with the wave, you know? It's like now everybody does everything. It's all kind of the same sh*t. They're recycling a lot of the stuff."

Marvel hasn't announced any plans for an Iron Man franchise without Robert Downey Jr. yet.

Iron Man 3 was released May 3rd, 2013 and stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Jon Favreau, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale. The film is directed by Shane Black.

Sources: Yahoo! Movies UK

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Comments (53)

  1. Yap Cheng Fung

    f*ck Mark Wahlberg

    1 year agoby @Yap-Cheng-FungFlag

  2. The_Crow2k

    Not fond of him acting Tony Stark , but the man's got a point about movies being sh*t today.

    2 years agoby @the-crow2kFlag

  3. LilZook

    @renodc so true...mark walkberg is horrible in my opinion he needs to learn to get rid of that boston accent before he even considers taking over iron man

    2 years agoby @lilzookFlag

  4. renodc

    RDJ has such a unique personality that I'm not sure he can be replaced.

    2 years agoby @renodcFlag

  5. moviemouse

    RDJ is contracted for avengers 2 & 3 and that is where it shud all end so no one else shud play tony stark, no iron man 4 and no avengers 4

    2 years agoby @moviemouseFlag

  6. CoreyB

    @skywise Hahah my thoughts exactly!

    2 years agoby @CoreyBFlag

  7. CoreyB

    I like Wahlberg in movies but in person he seems like a clown. Thinks hes a fu*kin know it all tough guy...alright we get it Mark ur from Dorchester u got arrested wooooo...Hes been saying some dumb sh*t lately. Dont like cgi movies eh? You just starred along side a fu*kin cgi'd bear in one of your biggest movies ever! Oh and not to mention you're in the next fu*kin transformers movie. Dont ever put the Perfect Storm in the same fu*kin sentence as Jurassic Park too buddy. Say hi to ya mutha for me.

    2 years agoby @CoreyBFlag

  8. thedude-abides

    I've said it a thousand times, Joel Kinneman would be my pick. I think he would make a great Tony Stark.

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  9. Josh

    Speaking of Robin in Batman Forever, I know they don't really look alike, but for some reason I always picture Chris O'Donnell as Kirk Cameron.

    My apologies to Chris O'Donnell. Maybe he should have gone on to have more exposure. Then again, maybe after Batman and Robin, he didn't have that luxury.

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  10. OhhmeohhMy

    Well still its a point that I'm making.

    2 years agoby @OhhmeohhMyFlag

  11. Liam

    @OhhmeohhMy its shoes, mark wants to be in his shoes. Pants or underware is just icky.

    2 years agoby @wickedbuffyfanFlag

  12. supermanvenom

    Come on this has to be a joke. I mean i do like him in movies, but Ironman lol

    2 years agoby @supermanvenomFlag

  13. CelluloidDreams

    ROFL!! Sorry I had to laugh at this one!!

    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  14. Ghostman

    @bawnian-dexeus Very. I read your comment in the voice of Wolverine because of your avatar.

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  15. OhhmeohhMy

    I don't know why actors want to jump in the pants of other actors. That who played this characters so well that we don't see other people playing them. Its like well you don't put on underware that don't belong to you LOLOLOLOL. You just don't. Haha

    2 years agoby @OhhmeohhMyFlag

  16. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ghostman Hard to tell how I "sound" based off letters on a message board

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  17. Ghostman

    @bawnian-dexeus You don't sound too enthused there bub.

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  18. Ghostman

    @bawnian-dexeus You don't sound too enthused there bub.

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  19. Ghostman

    Either way, if both are alive in 2021, with Cruise being nearly 60 and Cage being 57, I'd pick Cruise as the take over. @bawnian-dexeus

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  20. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ghostman Well, he ended up being the better choice, but we wouldn't have known for sure. Tom Cruise was a bigger name than RDJ at the time and Iron Man helped the poor guy during his rebirth. Would have been interesting to see how Tom would have done it. but given how RDJ has made it his own, it really is hard to picture anyone else. But then it is like 007, on choosing who is was or will be the best Bond, when everyone who plays the roles brings something new to the table, so if Marvel goes far beyond 2021, I'd be interested to see who takes the mantle.

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  21. justinishulk


    2 years agoby @justinishulkFlag

  22. skywise

    comparing the effects from Jurassic Park to the wave in Perfect Storm is silly. One of those movies was extremely ground breaking. Hint; it didn't have a "wave" in it....

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  23. Phoenix

    No he can stay in Transformers 4 RDJ is the best person to play as Iron man

    2 years agoby @phoenix117Flag

  24. MovieTwin

    If it came down to it and RDJ does pact it in, id like to see 'Colin Farrell' wear the armour, they both have similar back story to Tonk Stark, he can pull thevrole off plus he looks the part ..... what say you?

    2 years agoby @twinpac1Flag

  25. MovieTwin

    If it came down to it and RDJ does pact it in, id like to see 'Colin Farrell' wear the armour, they both have similar back story to Tonk Stark, he can pull role off plus he looks the pact ..... what say you?

    2 years agoby @twinpac1Flag

  26. LuxoIII

    @ghostman Haha! Is there a superhero Nicolas Cage didn't want to play?

    2 years agoby @brady1138Flag

  27. LuxoIII

    In other shocking news, I want to replace Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man!

    2 years agoby @brady1138Flag

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