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Robert Downey Jr to hang up his Iron Man suit

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Hollywood star Robert Downey Jr, who kick-started Marvel film franchise with Iron Man back in 2008, has revealed he might exit from the popular superhero cinematic universe before it gets “embarrassing” for him. The 52-year-old actor will reprise his role as the superhero for the eighth time in the upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War”.

In an interview to News Corp Australia Network, Downey Jr discussed how long he would play the Iron Man. “It’s this cyclical thing. I could have said when the first Avengers came out: ‘It’s never going to get any better than that. Everybody stop.’ But to me it’s always about people and opportunities, like the Russos (Avengers directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo), who I adore. Everyone says to me it’s like a glove that fits so well. I have to start over every time but I am starting over with a pretty solid base.

I just never want to blow it for the last six or seven (MCU movies) I have done by dropping the ball because I decided to go do it one more time. I just want to hang up my jersey before it’s embarrassing,” he said. Downey Jr will also be seen as Tony Stark once again in the “Spider-Man: Homecoming”, which hits the US cinemas on July 7.