Robert Downey Jr. Explains Exactly How Iron Man Could Return within the MCU After All

by Jeremy Spirogis
Robert Downey Jr. on the red carpet

It doesn’t matter that Tony Stark died in Avengers: Endgame and acquired a hero’s funeral that includes virtually each participant of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fans nonetheless need him again. And as quick and unfastened because the MCU performs with the legal guidelines of time and nature, it’s not out of the query. 

Granted, by this level, Downey most likely wouldn’t return for something apart from a small position or a voiceover — however it may truly doable now that the multiverse has been launched. 

The multiverse opens every kind of doorways for Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr. on the red carpet
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For a few years, comedian books have performed with the thought of parallel universes identified collectively because the multiverse – spheres of existence the place one specific hero can stay his or her life very otherwise from the traditional story most informal followers know.

For a few years, superhero motion pictures and TV exhibits didn’t introduce the idea as a result of (a) the expertise wasn’t there and (b) there was a sense that the multiverse may confuse followers. 

Now, nonetheless, the expertise has clearly caught up, and so have the films and TV exhibits. The CW Arrowverse exhibits have labored in multiverses for years, particularly in The Flash.

The motion pictures bought in on the act when the liberty of animation made Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse really feel thrilling and new, as a result of it took Spidey’s acquainted story and advised it many various methods. 

The Marvel Cinematic Universe introduced up the multiverse in Spider-Man: Far From Home, and though the multiverse didn’t really come into play there, it’ll clearly come round once more, notably since an upcoming Marvel movie is known as Dr. Strange within the Multiverse of Madness. So might Iron Man stay once more in one other universe? 

Robert Downey Jr guidelines nothing out

Screen Rant discussed the thought in a chunk earlier this month, which quotes Downey himself as attempting to have it each methods. He stated:

“Yeah anything could happen, I’m really enjoying …as far as I’m concerned I’ve hung up my guns and I’m good to let it go. I also think that Marvel is on this journey now where they’re trying a bunch of other stuff. I’m excited for them to see how all of that goes.”

So in different phrases, that feels like Downey is saying “Probably not, but definitely maybe.” In different phrases, by no means say by no means, however don’t maintain your breath. Sean Connery as soon as stated he would by no means once more seem as James Bond as soon as he gave up the half in 1971, however he did certainly reprise the position 12 years later with the knowingly titled Never Say Never Again.

There has additionally been hypothesis that Downey might lend his voice to an MCU undertaking, whether or not that’s for Marvel’s animated What If … ?  sequence that can premiere on Disney+ subsequent yr, or whether or not he voices some sort of Jarvis-like synthetic intelligence. 

Will ‘Dolittle’ pressure Tony Stark’s return? 

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Speculation that Downey would develop into Tony Stark once more in spite of everything elevated after his troubled movie Dolittle bombed on the field workplace. If Downey didn’t understand it already, he discovered that his title alone can now not promote a film. The finances had ballooned to an estimated $175 million, and solely a Marvel-like gross would have made the film worthwhile. Not even probably the most optimistic followers have been predicting that for Dolittle

Some say this implies it’s more likely that Downey will retreat to the protection internet of Disney and Marvel. IMDB lists Downey as having a “rumored” half in Black Widow. If he’s in that, it could make sense for 2 causes.

First, since Black Widow is a prequel, Iron Man doesn’t must cheat dying to be in it. Second, it could be becoming for Downey to look contemplating Black Widow made her debut in Iron Man 2. In that case, the multiverse wouldn’t be needed in any respect.

No one needs to be inserting any bets on Iron Man coming again, purchase it may additionally be clever to not wager in opposition to it both. Let the chips fall the place they could. 

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