Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man

Although actor Robert Downey Jr. is on board for two more Avengers films (part 2 and 3), he’s said he’s not interested in another standalone Iron Man movie.

In a recent interview with Deadline, the 49-year-old actor discussed the role moving forward, leaving things open… if Mel Gibson is involved.

DEADLINE: I’ve read you said you won’t do Iron Man 4, though it seems smart business to keep that franchise character beach head even just for Avengers installments. But you’ve made your fortune, and you’re an artist. What is your relationship with Iron Man, going forward?

DOWNEY: That’s all being talked about on a bunch of different levels right now. To me, it comes down to what’s the half-life of people enjoying a character? It’s different on TV, where you expect the longevity over seasons while movies get a two or three year break. Marvel keeps stepping up its game, and I appreciate the way Kevin Feige and all the creatives there think. They are as in the creative wheelhouse as any great studio has been at any point. So it becomes a matter of, at what point do I cease to be an asset to what they’re doing, and at what point do I feel I am spending so much time either shooting or promoting these films that I’m not actually able to get off the beachhead and do the kind of other stuff that is good for all of us. Each one of those movies is spread over two years and some people fit other things in. But I’m not 42, I’m turning 50 and now I’ll have two small kids instead of one grown one, and eight Team Downey projects with people who are imagining I’m not just spending Warner Bros’ money out of vanity, but that I’m taking it seriously. It all has become this thing that has to be figured out. It has come to a head, right now, where the points of departure will be.

DEADLINE: True, but the year he made Apocalypto, I didn’t see a better movie and he was ignored and hasn’t directed since. Marvel badly wants Iron Man 4 and you’ve said you aren’t doing it. How about the idea you’ll do that movie if Mel directs it?

DOWNEY: Correct.

DEADLINE: Is that our headline?

DOWNEY: Why not? That movie would be bananas.