In 2019, Avengers: Endgame was released, bringing the Infinity Saga inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe to an end, and sacked two of its biggest stars: Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans. Fans want them back because they have been the franchise’s major face since the beginning.
Robert Downey Jr. has played Tony Stark/Iron Man since the beginning of the MCU in 2008. Chris Evans first appeared as Steve Rogers/Captain America in 2011, and the two joined the initial Avengers squad in 2012. Since then, Downey Jr. and Evans have appeared in various MCU films, either as cameos or as mainstay characters. Endgame concluded both heroes’ stories, with Tony Stark making his noble sacrifice amid Thanos’ galactic threat. On the other hand, Steve Rogers turned over his shield to Sam Wilson, allowing Captain America’s legacy to continue without him.
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Chris Hemsworth’s tweet might bring the boys back
Chris Hemsworth made a tweet today that has fans speculating that the MCU boys will be back for one final team-up soon.
— Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) September 26, 2022
Fans are hyped up after this tweet as they believe Avengers: Secret Wars might have some bigger role to play in this and the OG team returns once again.
Thank you for bringing this up🙏🏻❤️The band really do need to get together😍 pic.twitter.com/M7v5mxscWk
— Camilla Karlsen (@CamillaKarlse18) September 27, 2022
MAKE IT HAPPEN, please kind sirs. 😭😭🙏🏼🙏🏼💯💯
— Netflix and Biryani (@SalmanMGhori) September 27, 2022
Marvel fans everywhere: pic.twitter.com/vWI8OeOKlQ
— LittlePoet (@Asia10988) September 26, 2022
— Matt (@Kersimus) September 26, 2022
Make it happen! pic.twitter.com/mIZUlLnUdY
— John lester (@johnmlester) September 27, 2022
Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk have become the mentor figures of the MCU guiding their successors to continue their legacy. In the case of both Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr., the requirement of their comeback appears to be finding a decent story to tell and a significant purpose to bring them back. Neither of the actors looks to be interested solely in fan service, but a good salary could change that.
Is it possible to get Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. back in the MCU?
Surprise visits from Downey Jr. and Evans would be a surefire method for Marvel Studios to satisfy the crowds with the conclusion of the Multiverse Saga.
In the case of Downey Jr., the most likely scenario for him to appear is in Secret Wars, when a Variant from the Multiverse crosses paths with the MCU’s heroes. Reintroducing Tony Stark from Earth-616 via resurrection or time travel would jeopardize his Avengers: Endgame sacrifice, which neither the actor nor the studio would be willing to do.
Marvel Studios has many more alternatives when it comes to Evans. Countless Chris Evans Variants, such as an alternate Captain America, the malevolent HYDRA Supreme, or his original Human Torch, might be brought into play by the Multiverse. The geriatric Steve Rogers is still kicking around the MCU and may have some fight left in him, or at the very least some wisdom.
To summarise, while fans may not have seen the last of Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans in the MCU, they will never return to the franchise’s forefront. Any future appearances will most likely be in the form of a cameo or a limited role that will not be revealed until the next Avengers epic hits theatres.
Avengers: The Kang Dynasty will be released in theatres on May 2, 2025, with Secret Wars following on November 7, 2025.