Originally Posted by AvengeME
Why would Stark Industries disappear? All I am saying is that Stark will one day retire from being Iron Man. He doesn't have to stop building stuff, but he won't be flying around battling Chitauri in his later years. Don't bank on seeing grandpa Stark fighting Thanos' kids in future MCU films. The MCU will have to move on without Stark's Iron Man from that point on as long as they maintain a single continuity.
No. Never said they would. What I think is going to happen is Iron Man 3-Avengers 2 and 3 will have larger time gaps. There will be unaccounted time to do more stories for Iron Man in between Iron Man 3 and Avengers 3 with new actors to prolong the timeline. Same continuity though. Think of the end game of Phase III ala LOTR:Return of the King. Still plenty of stories to explore if you leave the time gaps.
So....you're agreeing that there *will* be recasts, even of RDJ? If so, then why on earth would you think Iron Man would need to "retire," or that ANY of the MCU films are set to a finite schedule and moving towards a definite ending date in the near future? If you agree that fans won't revolt with a Tony Stark recast, then you've also got to accept that the recast can certainly "immortalize" the character....i.e., he's not gonna age in real time.