Mark Wahlberg says he wants to play Iron Man after Robert Downey Jr

Downey Jr is already signed up to play Tony Stark aka Iron Man in two new 'Avengers' movies'

Mark Wahlberg has revealed he wants to be the next star of Iron Man.

Wahlberg has recently taken over the Transformers franchise from Shia LaBeouf and during an interview with Yahoo! Movies the Ted star was asked if he has his eye on any comic book or superhero roles.

“I would like to take over the Iron Man franchise from Robert Downey,” he replied, before admitting that he is rarely considered for this type of part. “You know, it’s one of those things where I kind of like playing real people, [so] I’ve never been asked,” he explained.

However, Wahlberg went on to reveal he was “kind of being talked about for the Robin role” in 1997’s Batman & Robin, a part which eventually went to Chris O’Donnell. “Somebody dodged a bullet!” Wahlberg said of avoiding the infamous flop starring George Clooney.

Since its release at the end of April, Iron Man 3 has become the fifth highest-grossing movie of all time, raking in over $1.2 billion (£780 million) at cinemas worldwide. Downey Jr has since signed a deal to return as Tony Stark aka Iron Man in The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3. However, at present there are no confirmed plans for another standalone Iron Man movie.