Marvel’s Recast Iron Man Reportedly Getting “Zero” Screen Time

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There are few characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with as large — or as passionate — of a fan base as Robert Downey, Jr.’s Tony Stark/Iron Man.

tom holland as peter parker (left) and robert downey jr as tony stark (right)
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RDJ’s fan-favorite character launched the blockbuster super hero universe with Iron Man (2008) and went on to appear in 11 total MCU films — Iron Man 2 (2010)The Avengers (2012)Iron Man 3 (2013)Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

happy hogan (center) and tony stark (right) in iron man trilogy
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As more than a decade passed, Stark turned from a billionaire playboy into the husband of Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), the trusted confidante of Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau), the mentor of Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), the sometimes-adversary of Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans), and the fearless leader of his father’s legacy, Stark Industries.

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Stark also bravely sacrificed himself to save the world from Thanos (Josh Brolin) as Marvel’s Infinity Saga came to a conclusion in Endgame.

Now, although Iron Man was already recast with a new voice actor in Marvel’s Disney+ Original animated series What If…? (2021), there have also been numerous rumors that Tom Cruise (Top Gun, Mission: Impossible, Jerry Maguire) will play an Iron Man variant in the upcoming Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness, which is due to hit theaters on May 6, 2022.

Some fans were even convinced Marvel Studios unofficially confirmed the reports when they thought they saw Cruise in a Doctor Strange 2 trailer.

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Now, however, at least one Marvel source is sharing that Cruise won’t appear as Superior Iron Man at all. A Marvel movie fan on Twitter asked KC Walsh how much screen time Cruise would have in the upcoming blockbuster and he got right to the point, responding with a GIF of former of Bill Clinton mouthing the word “zero”.

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Recently, reports have run rampant that director Sam Raimi has cut numerous scenesand potentially numerous cameos — from his Doctor Strange sequel.

Fans can rest assured, however, that Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) will have plenty of scenes. The WandaVision star will seemingly steal the show with almost as much screen time as Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) himself.

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff AKA Scarlet Witch Break the Rules Enemy in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness with benedict Cumberbatch
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Viewers last saw Wanda and Strange on the big screen together at the end of Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021). The first trailer for Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness served as the film’s second post credits scene.

Do you think an Iron Man variant will show up in Doctor Strange 2?

You can stream Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and the six series in Marvel’s Phase Four so far — Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany’s WandaVision, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, Marvel’s What If…?, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, and Oscar Isaac’s Moon Knight — on Disney+ anytime.

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