IRON MAN: Robert Downey Jr. Says He's "Surprisingly Open" To MCU Return As Tony Stark

IRON MAN: Robert Downey Jr. Says He's "Surprisingly Open" To MCU Return As Tony Stark

Avengers: Endgame star Robert Downey Jr. has once again addressed the possibility of playing the MCU's Iron Man, admitting he's "surprisingly open" to the notion of suiting up again. Read on for details...

By JoshWilding - Jun 03, 2024 03:06 PM EST
Filed Under: Avengers: Secret Wars
Source: Variety

Robert Downey Jr. first played Tony Stark in 2008's Iron Man, a movie which turns 16 this year. He'd go on to reprise the role in several MCU movies, ultimately bidding farewell to the Armoured Avenger in 2019's Avengers: Endgame

It's been five years since the actor snapped his fingers and bid farewell to the role. Since then, Downey has won an Oscar for his work in Oppenheimer and all eyes are on what he does next. 

Surprisingly, it seems an MCU return is somewhere on his list (and these comments come just hours after Hawkeye actor Jeremy Renner also expressed an interest in reuniting with his fellow original Avengers).

Talking to Jodie Foster for Variety, Downey was asked if he'd consider suiting up again. "It’s just crazily in my DNA. Probably the most like-me character I’ve ever played, even though he’s way cooler than I am," the actor responded. 

"I’ve become surprisingly open-minded to the idea. Between 'Nyad' and ['Night Country'] and, for me, 'Oppenheimer' and then 'Sympathizer,' it really is crazy because we look pretty good. I was actually looking at the stills we were taking, making sure: 'Do we still look kind of OK?' I’m like, 'We look pretty good."

At this point, Downey reprising the role in Avengers: Secret Wars seems inevitable. However, he'll likely play a Variant based on past comments from Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.

"We are going to keep that moment and not touch that moment again," Feige said of Tony's death in Avengers: Endgame. "We all worked very hard for many years to get to that, and we would never want to magically undo it in any way."

"Happily. It’s too integral a part of my DNA," Downey said in April of a possible return. "That role chose me. And look, I always say, Never, ever bet against Kevin Feige. It is a losing bet. He’s the house. He will always win."

It's previously been reported that Earth-838's villainous Iron Man will come to Earth-616 seeking revenge for what happened to the Illuminati. Whether that's the plan remains to be seen, especially with the next Avengers movies likely in a state of flux. 

What role would you like to see Iron Man play in the Multiverse Saga? Let us know in the comments section.

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Spoken - 6/3/2024, 3:12 PM
Pretty obvious he will be back.
KennKathleen - 6/3/2024, 9:14 PM
@Spoken - 3 picture deal. $40 million per film.
HammerLegFoot - 6/3/2024, 3:14 PM
Of course he's the most like you character you've ever played because you're playing yourself, just richer and with fancy gadgets
RolandD - 6/3/2024, 3:15 PM
Here’s one way that Tony Stark is unlike Robert Downey Jr.. Tony would probably never say that someone’s cooler than he is except maybe Morgan. I like the way that RDJ showed some humility in that comment
thobie1 - 6/3/2024, 3:16 PM
Coincidentally, I'd say that it would be a surprisingly large paycheck to go along with that return. But Marvel could sure use some of that original Avengers magic right now.
YouFlopped - 6/3/2024, 3:18 PM
he needed a team up movie to make a billion 🥱
ModHaterSLADE - 6/3/2024, 3:20 PM
I'd be surprised if Stark didn't return in some form with all his tech. The man cheated death with AI and even clone tech.
DrReedRichards - 6/3/2024, 3:23 PM
This just hit me, seeing her ask RDJ, but Jodie Foster would have directed the shit out of a Civil War: Frontline adaptation.
TheVisionary25 - 6/3/2024, 3:33 PM
@DrReedRichards - man , I’m just imagining the roles a younger Jodie Foster could have played in a cbm…
DrReedRichards - 6/3/2024, 3:39 PM
@TheVisionary25 -

Could easily see her as Sharon, tbh.
TheVisionary25 - 6/3/2024, 3:41 PM
@DrReedRichards - I could have seen her as Carol Danvers honestly too.
HermanM - 6/3/2024, 3:23 PM
Hope so. Bring the real MCU back, including Cap and a good Thor.

New wokeCU sucks
newhire13 - 6/3/2024, 11:11 PM
@HermanM - stfu
HermanM - 6/3/2024, 11:32 PM
@newhire13 - naa
harryba11zack - 6/3/2024, 3:28 PM
i'd prefer he did not. his character went out well enough. but if he is coming back he better not be a stupid hologram, better to be a variant from a universe were it was Steve who did the end snap
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bkmeijer1 - 6/3/2024, 4:50 PM
@harryba11zack - that would be interesting to see the fallout of that. It's kinda the ending we all expected
MartianManHuntr - 6/3/2024, 5:50 PM
@harryba11zack - Please God no. Take us out of this cameo bukaki going on with Marvel.

I hope there are no more variant in future movies, let someone end this. May be Tiamut just killed all stark variants.

At least let some characters go be permanent dead.
TheVisionary25 - 6/3/2024, 3:41 PM
I hope we do see him again but moreso as a variant then our Tony whose sacrifice should remain untouched imo since it was just so well done…

I still think having him play a Superior Iron Man-esque villainous variant of the character would be deliciously fun!!.

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He could even make for a cool recurring antagonist just to see how Pepper , Rhodey , Happy & Morgan would react to him.
Jaspion - 6/3/2024, 3:41 PM
Now that he won an Oscar and doesn't need to prove anything anymore, he can come back (and get that fat paycheck)
Doomsday8888 - 6/3/2024, 3:46 PM
One last time, Robert.
SirDuckAlot - 6/3/2024, 3:46 PM
Translation: Show me the money
IronMan616 - 6/3/2024, 3:56 PM
People surprised? LOL. Secret Wars.
Timerider - 6/3/2024, 4:13 PM
It would be a huge movie, like Infinity War and Endgame. All the new characters including the series characters like She Hulk, Daredevil, Punisher, Maya Lopez, Ms. Marvel, Hawkeye, all of them fighting Doctor Doom and eventually Galactus, with the help of Thor, Steve and Tony Stark.
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