Jeff Bridges is such a prolific actor that it’s all to easy to forget that he played a villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Granted, his role as Obadiah Stane in the first Iron Man (2008) came at a time well before anyone knew how big that franchise would become, which probably helps explain why Bridges’ character was killed off at the end of that film.
As we’ve seen time and again, Marvel is typically reluctant to kill off characters in its movies, as this makes it more difficult to bring them back later (they’re in the franchise business here, after all). And while you’d think that returning to the same role again and again would be beneath someone as esteemed as Bridges, it turns out that the veteran actor was a little disappointed that his character was killed off at the end of Iron Man.
In a new interview with Uproxx to discuss his upcoming role in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Bridges was asked whether he was disappointed by Stane’s death and as it turns out, the dude did NOT abide by that decision:
Uproxx: Are you disappointed Obadiah Stane died in Iron Man? Who knew at the time, but you could have been in a lot of Marvel movies by now.
Bridges: I know, man. No, in the script, the script that I hired onto, my character lives! They open my suit up and I’m gone.
Uproxx: Wow, I didn’t know that.
Bridges: But then when we got to shoot that scene, they didn’t open my suit up! I said, “Aren’t you going to open my suit up?” They said, “No.” I said, “You’re going to kill my guy?” And they say, “Well, it’s a comic book. You could come back. Who knows?” You know? But anyway.
Uproxx: You would have been in 10 of those by now. It would have been great.
Bridges: There you go.
Uproxx: I’m very disappointed they did that now.
Bridges: [Laughs.] Well, who knows? They might bring him back, maybe they’re right. It’s a comic book and anything in comic book land can happen. So who knows?
While Obidiah Stane isn’t the greatest villain the MCU has ever produced, seeing Bridges reprise the role would have been a welcome sight. Here’s hoping that Marvel does find a way make it happen at some point.
Be sure to check out the rest of Uproxx’s interview to hear Bridges discuss The Big Lebowski, Tron, and Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which hits theaters September 22, 2017.