If you’re anything like this writer, even after Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark died in Avengers: Endgame (2019), you held out some flicker of hope that RDJ would somehow reprise his MCU role in the future.
The actor has previously said he’s done with Marvel movies and, just recently, confirmed that he will not be playing Tony Stark or Iron Man in the future.
As per ComicBook:
“Playing Tony/Iron Man was hard and I dug deep,” Downey told the Hindustan Times. “I had an incredible 10-year run that was creatively satisfying.”
Asked if he had difficulty stepping out of the role after more than a decade as Tony Stark, Downey said, “I’ve done all I could with that character and can do other things now. Now, being middle-aged, you start looking at the back nine and realize this is all part of the journey, and things end. I am fortunate and eternally grateful to have wound up where I have.”
RDJ also talked about the differences between him and Tony Stark in real life. The actor has drawn comparisons to his famous character after starting the Footprint Coalition, which addresses climate change solutions from a technology standpoint:
On the separation between Tony and Robert, Downey said there are similarities because of his work doing tech-based climate solutions with the Footprint Coalition and his technology-focused YouTube documentary series The Age of A.I. As Downey puts it: “I believe in aesthetic distance. I’m not Tony.”
As far as Downey Jr.’s onscreen career, his IMDb page confirms that he currently has two film projects in the works — All-Star Weekend (no release date given) is in post-production and Sherlock Holmes 3 (2021) is in pre-production.
Would you have enjoyed seeing RDJ make a Marvel Cinematic Universe return?