Robert Downey Jr. may still be one of the biggest names in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Andy Serkis has revealed that he would love to replace the actor as Iron Man if the situation ever arose.
On a recent Black Panther set visit by Screen Rant and other outlets, Serkis, who reprises his Avengers: Age of Ultron role of Ulysses Klaue in the film, was asked who else he'd want to play in the world's highest-grossing movie franchise.
"I’ve always wanted to play Iron Man actually," Serkis said. "I think Iron Man’s a great character. I’d like to play Iron Man next time, when they make them again."
Serkis also discussed what kind of research he put into the role of Klaue.
"In terms of the weapon he might, or might not have … he is actually quite a brilliant assembler of weaponry and technology and putting those together," Serkis said. "I kind of looked a lot into that, to be very superficial about it.
His cryptic comments are of course aimed at the use of his signature sonic disruptor, so Serkis has clearly been trawling through the comics.
While Downey Jr. has gone on to become one of the best-cast actors in a superhero role ever, fans are left with a bit of a Hugh Jackman/Wolverine scenario. Everyone knows that the day will come that someone else has to step into those shoes, but no one really wants to think about it. However, with Serkis' varied CV of roles, he certainly wouldn't be a bad choice to play the cocky philanthropist and put on red and gold armor in some far-off future, though at 53, he's a year older than Downey Jr.
Serkis is best-known as a motion-capture actor thanks to his work on movies like King Kong, Lord of the Rings, Planet of the Apes and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but on the rare occasions we actually get to see his real face, he is an equally powerful actor. He made his Marvel Studios debut as the villainous Ulysses Klaue in 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron.