New Marvel Star Claims He Can Replace RDJ’s Iron Man

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Now that Simu Liu’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has smashed box office expectations, it’s time for Marvel fans to officially begin gearing up for the next installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — The Eternals will debut exclusively in theaters on November 5, 2021.

The Eternals (L-R: Thena, Ikaris, Ajak, Sersi, Sprite, Phastos, Druig)
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With an all-star cast that includes Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, and Kit Harrington, The Eternals will introduce MCU fans to a host of characters they haven’t yet seen in Kevin Feige’s Marvel universe.

Don Cheadle, Robert Downey Jr., Bradley Cooper, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, and Karen Gillan in "Avengers: Endgame".
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Now that popular Avengers franchise characters like Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson)Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan)Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie), and Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) finally defeated Thanos (Josh Brolin) in Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019), the Infinity Saga has drawn to end, allowing the MCU to move in a new direction.

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Now, one Eternals star, Richard Madden (Ikaris), has spoken out in a new interview about whether or not his character could replace RDJ’s Iron Man as the leader of the Avengers — and he certainly seems to think he can:

“I don’t know. I know that he’s a good leader and a good soldier. If those are two traits that you need to lead the Avengers, then he has them. But I wouldn’t be able to predict that.”

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Game of Thrones alum Madden also discussed why he wanted to play Ikaris in the first place:

“That’s why I was drawn to him. I don’t see him as a superhero I’ve seen before. I see him as a man first, and quite a complicated character, before a superhero. You know, superheroes have laser eyes. Superheroes can fly. So, there’s lots of parallels. But as a character, I’ve not seen anyone like him before.”

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At this time, little is known about the next iteration of the Avengers team, but Kevin Feige has indicated that Marvel’s Phase 4 has already begun laying a great deal of groundwork for Avengers 5. Most fans believe that both Simu Liu’s Shang-Chi and Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova will be involved.

More on The Eternals

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The Chloe Zhao-directed film is officially described as:

Marvel Studios’ Eternals features an exciting new team of Super Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, the Deviants.

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