Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man has been described as “no longer being [on the table” by an official at Marvel Studios, amid speculation around his potential return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Since both Downey Jr. and his renowned Iron Man left the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the release of Avengers: Endgame in 2019, it is safe to assume that fans of the brand have been missing both of them. Ever since the event that brought the Infinity Saga to a close, many people have even been discussing their ideas regarding the many ways and locations that Tony Stark could make his return.
The introduction of Variants has opened the door to the possibility of RDJ appearing in another reality, which has only served to promote the speculations that have been proposed by the Multiverse Saga. Nevertheless, this is not the only way Tony Stark may make a comeback; fans have a lot of ideas about how he could make a comeback in the upcoming Iron Man spin-off Armor Wars, which is being produced by War Machine.
The film Iron Man Off the Table, starring Robert Downey Jr.
During an interview with io9, Stephen Broussard, the Vice President of Production and Development at Marvel Studios, explained how Phase 4 was all about “a new generation stepping to the forefront.” He specifically mentioned that characters such as Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr., were “no longer on the table.”
In any case, I believe that one of the meta-narratives that occurred during Phase Four was about new characters. It was about new people taking on mantles and responsibilities. When you consider things like Cassie Lang in “Quantumania” getting a suit and Kate Bishop in “Hawkeye,” as well as the introduction of new characters like Jack in “Werewolf by Night,” several things come to mind.
Robert Downey Jr. was replaced as Mick Wingert’s Iron Man voice, which is explained below
After these first ten years of Marvel storytelling, the torch is being handed from one person to another. For example, Robert Downey Jr. is no longer being considered for a role, and other similar things are happening. To put it another way, it was similar to a new generation coming to the forefront, which is something that has always occurred in comics.
Broussard’s remarks come at a time when speculation is circulating about the possibility of Downey Jr. reprising his role as Iron Man in a future Multiverse Saga production. A number of people have hypothesized that the Iron Man spin-offs Ironheart and Armor Wars, in addition to the apparent Avengers: Secret Wars, could be the most likely candidates for the return of the armored Avenger.
It was almost two years ago in February 2021 when Downey Jr. made his final comments on the possibility of a comeback to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In an interview with GQ Magazine, he stated that he has “alighted, for now,” but he made a cryptic suggestion that he would “never say never.”
Jonathan Majors, who plays Kang in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, recently discussed his wish to compete against Iron Man with Lauren Rouse of Lifehacker. He stated that he would like to “see how our philosophies, acting-wise and character-wise… match up:”
To see how our philosophies, acting-wise and character-wise, and just personally, align, I would love to appear opposite him on screen. I would love to see how our philosophies meet up. To tell you the truth, I think him to be such an intriguing artist, which is one of the reasons why Iron Man is so intriguing. His interpretation of Iron Man is so captivating, and he exemplifies the Avengers’ enthusiasm and a very distinct perspective on the world. Furthermore, I believe that Kang exemplifies a distinct period.