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Robert Downey Jr. says he could return as Iron Man. Maybe.

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Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, in “Iron Man 2.”

Robert Downey Jr. stars as billionaire industrialist Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, in “Iron Man 2.”


Robert Downey Jr. isn’t totally ruling out an opportunity to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

What happened: Downey Jr. told Extra that a return to the MCU is totally possible. But for now, he remains retired and out of the game.

  • RDJ: “Yeah, anything could happen. ... As far as I’m concerned, I hung up my guns and I’m good to let it go. I also think Marvel is on this journey now and they’re trying a bunch of other stuff, and I’m excited for them to see how all that goes. It’s hard to project.”

Context: Downey Jr. did return as Tony Stark through archive footage in “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” which took place after his death. There are some rumors about him possibly popping up in “Black Widow,” which takes place before “Avengers: Infinity War,” according to ComicBook.com.

Flashback: In November 2019, actor Jeff Goldblum said that Downey would voice Iron Man for the upcoming Disney Plus series “What If ...?” — which will focus on fantastical “what if” scenarios for Marvel characters, according to CNET

  • However, reports suggested Goldblum got it wrong that Downey Jr. would be involved with the show, CNET reports.
  • There were also brief rumors that he would voice Iron Man for a possible Disney Plus show called “Ironheart,” which would focus on a character who continues the Iron Man legacy, according to the Deseret News.