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09th Apr 2024

Robert Downey Jr would ‘happily’ return to MCU as Iron Man

Charlie Herbert

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‘That role chose me’

Robert Downey Jr has refused to rule out reprising his role as Iron Man, saying he would “happily” return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

For more than a decade, Downey Jr played the iconic comic book superhero, with the first Iron Man film marking the start of the MCU in 2008.

In total, he starred in nine Marvel films (10 if you count his Incredible Hulk cameo) from 2008 to 2019.

His time in the MCU came to a pretty conclusive end in Avengers: Endgame though when – spoiler alert – his character died.

But in cinematic universe where all three Spider-Mans managed to meet each other, a character being killed off feels like a small obstacle in the way of them returning.

And in an interview with Esquire, Downey Jr said he would love to return to the world of Marvel.

When asked if he would ever play Iron Man again, he said: “Happily!”

He continued: “It’s too integral a part of my DNA. That role chose me.

“And look, I always say, never, ever bet against Kevin Feige (the head of Marvel Studios). It is a losing bet. He’s the house. He will always win.”

Whilst his words may be music to the ears of many Marvel fans, it doesn’t sound like an Iron Man return is in the plans for the MCU big wigs.

Speaking last December, Feige was adamant there were no plans to bring back Iron Man, and said the studio would not “magically undo” the heartbreaking moment from Endgame.

Referring to Iron Man’s death scene, he said: “We are going to keep that moment and not touch that moment again. We all worked very hard for many years to get to that, and we would never want to magically undo it in any way.”

Feige made the comments following reports that Marvel was exploring the idea of bringing back the “original gang for an Avengers movie.” This was said to include “Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, both of whom were killed off in Endgame.”

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