Robert Downey Jr. has no plans or desire to play Iron Man again. The actor said in a new interview that the idea of returning to play the iconic superhero is “off the table.” Instead, the veteran actor would rather pursue different projects now that he’s done all he can do with Iron Man.
“To me, starting up again is off the table,” he said on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. “I feel I’ve done all I could with that character. There would have to be a super compelling argument and a series of events that made it obvious. But the other thing is, I want to do other stuff.”
Robert Downey Jr. first played Iron Man in 2008’s Iron Man, which kicked off the entire MCU. He would go on to portray the character numerous times in Iron Man sequels and later mash-up movies culminating in his starring roles in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
Iron Man was instrumental in taking down Thanos in Endgame, and he made the ultimate sacrifice to get the job done. Given the way Marvel plays with time and continuity, it’s possible Downey Jr. could return as Iron Man one day, but it seems unlikely. A more plausible scenario would probably be Marvel rebooting the character with a different actor.
According to Deadline, Downey Jr. will appear one more time as Iron Man in the Black Widow movie that’s due in theatres this May. That movie is set before the events of the final two Avengers movies. Beyond that, however, it seems he’s hanging up the suit.
Downey Jr. stars as Dr. Dolittle in the poorly received movie now in theatres in the US. He is also set to star opposite Jamie Foxx in the basketball movie All-Star Weekend and is lined up to reprise his role as Sherlock Holmes in the next film due in 2021. On top of that, Downey Jr. will play the medical fraudster John Brinkley in the biopic from Richard Linklater.
Downey Jr. has received two Oscar nominations in his career, one for Tropic Thunder and the other for Chaplin.
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