MCU: Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man Is the Only Original Avenger Without an Obvious Successor

by Jeremy Spirogis
Robert Downey Jr. at San Diego Comic-Con

Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man sacrificed himself to avoid wasting the complete universe in Avengers: Endgame. That noble motion will probably be powerful for any subsequent hero within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In truth, it appears Marvel Studios is likely to be having an equally laborious time lining up an acceptable alternative for Tony Stark.

Robert Downey Jr. at San Diego Comic-Con
Robert Downey Jr. at San Diego Comic-Con | Getty Images

Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a transitional interval

Following the epic, actually common scope of Avengers: Endgame, the MCU is scaling issues down significantly in Phase 4. Rather than dashing into the subsequent Big Bad, the franchise is as an alternative specializing in tying issues collectively by way of the official introduction of the multiverse.

Likewise, the MCU is constructing out its bench of heroes in Phase 4. New additions like Simu Liu’s Shang-Chi and the Eternals will quickly hit the massive display. And Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight sequence are slated to reach on Disney+ within the coming years.

But there’s one different basic purpose underlining the MCU’s Phase 4. Between the film and TV initiatives within the works, Marvel Studios is shortly bringing in new variations of virtually all of its authentic Avengers.

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All however one authentic Avenger have new heroes lined as much as change them

Avengers: Endgame ended with Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) handing the protect to Sam (Anthony Mackie). And Mackie will debut as the brand new Captain America on Disney+ sequence The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Likewise, Thor: Love and Thunder will see Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) wield Mjölnir as an alternative of Thor (Chris Hemsworth).

Fans closely anticipate the Disney+ Hawkeye present to introduce Clint Barton’s (Jeremy Renner) alternative, Kate Bishop. And one other sequence, She-Hulk, will seemingly see Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) cross his Avengers spot on to its title character. Even Black Widow — director Cate Shortland has confirmed — will see Scarlett Johansson “pass the baton” to Florence Pugh.

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Why Marvel Studios is ready to introduce “the next Iron Man”

As for Iron Man, there’s quite a lot of the explanation why Marvel Studios might be ready to introduce the subsequent era. Perhaps it’s out of respect for Downey. After all, the MCU solely got here collectively as a result of Iron Man labored. Maybe it’s the sequence’ approach of paying tribute to his character’s sacrifice.

Spider-Man: Far From Home does basically play like a feature-length in memoriam for Tony Stark. And Spider-Man’s (Tom Holland) whole journey in that movie is deciding if he should turn out to be “the next Iron Man.” As the film decides, there isn’t one other Tony Stark ready within the wings. So dashing into a brand new incarnation of the character now solely betrays that story.

Marvel will face great strain at any time when it does observe arguably essentially the most beloved MCU hero. The comics present a few choices for transferring ahead. But followers shouldn’t anticipate both Iron Lad or Ironheart — as Kevin Feige has teased — to reach anytime quickly. Rather, Marvel and its followers want a break earlier than Iron Man receives the legacy remedy in Phase 5 or later.

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