Marvel Officially Recasts Iron Man, Gives First Look

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When Marvel Studios’ first foray into animation — a series called What If…? — was announced, Marvel fans weren’t sure how many of their favorite MCU stars would be returning for the project. As it turns out, quite a few Avengers franchise actors decided to make the leap from live-action to the new animated series, which debuted on Disney+ on August 11, 2021.

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Among the returning Marvel Cinematic Universe stars are Tom Hiddleston (Loki)Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury)Chris Hemsworth (Thor)Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/the Hulk), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Paul Rudd (Scott Lang/Ant-Man)Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Michael Douglas (Dr. Hank Pym), Michael B. Jordan (Erik “Killmonger” Stevens), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye)Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Stephen Strange), and late actor Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther).

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Although the star-studded What If…? cast list features a number of fan-favorites, there are some notable missing names — Brie Larson (Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel), Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), and, of course, Robert Downey, Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man).

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It is no secret that RDJ’s time in the MCU is over. The actor has previously confirmed on multiple occasions that he has done “all I could” with the Iron Man character. He even infamously unfollowed all of his Avengers costars on social media earlier this year — although this probably meant nothing, Marvel fans were up-in-arms about the move, which was likely orchestrated by Downey, Jr.’s management team as he moves his career away from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Stark, as fans know, sacrificed himself in Avengers: Endgame (2019), cementing RDJ’s exit. Now, Marvel has given the first look at their recast Iron Man in a new What If…? trailer.

Although the series is animated, so Stark still resembles Downey, Jr., there is a new voice actor behind the Stark Industries head. You can watch the trailer in full below:

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The high points are clips of Stark taking celebratory photos with Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger and the Sorceror Supreme on a number of adventures, including one with Thor as his companion.

Doctor Strange in Marvel Studios' WHAT IF…? exclusively on Disney+
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The official description of Marvel’s What If…? reads:

What If…? flips the script on the MCU, reimagining famous events from the films in unexpected ways. Coming to Disney+ in Summer 2021, Marvel Studios’ first animated series focuses on different heroes from the MCU, featuring a voice cast that includes a host of stars who reprise their roles. The series is directed by Bryan Andrews; Ashley Bradley is head writer.

Have you been watching What If…?

You can stream Black Widow and the three series in Marvel’s Phase 4 so far — Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany’s WandaVision, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Tom Hiddleston’s Loki — on Disney+ anytime.

 

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