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Robert Downey Jr. admits he is ‘done’ with his role as Iron Man for good

Tony Stark won’t appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe again

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A photo from Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame” features Tony Stark/Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr.

A photo from Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame” features Tony Stark/Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr.

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Robert Downey Jr. has confirmed yet again that he is done with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Downey recently appeared on the “SmartLess” podcastwith Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Sean Hayes, where he brought up his ties to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, per Digital Spy.

  • “That’s all done. As far as I’m concerned, I hung up my guns and I’m good to let it go.
  • “I also think that Marvel is on this journey now, they’re trying a bunch of other stuff and you know, I’m excited for them to see how all that goes.”

Downey’s comments echo similar ones that he made back in January 2020 — you know, what feels like 20 years ago.

He told Extra he could possibly return to the MCU. But he remains retired for now.

  • 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.”

In November 2019, actor Jeff Goldblum hinted that Downey would voice Iron man in the newDisney Plus series“What If ...?”— which will focus on remixed “what if” scenarios for Marvel characters. Reports suggested at the time that Goldblum got it wrong.