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‘He created an AI version of himself’: Robert Downey Jr’s Rumored Return as Iron Man in Secret Wars Takes Internet by Storm, Fans Speculate He’s Either AI or a Variant

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Robert Downey Jr. said his goodbyes to Iron Man aka Tony Stark in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame when he sacrificed his life in order to save the world from Thanos. Despite the heroic ending to a heroic character, fans have been speculating about the return of RDJ since it’s been over two years since the fans last saw him as Iron Man.

Robert Downey Jr. Iron Man
Iron Man (2008)

Now, it looks like their speculations might be turning into a reality as there are rumors flying around, thanks to a reputable source, which mentions that Robert Downey Jr. is returning to the screens of MCU in the upcoming movie, Avengers: Secret Wars. Ever since the rumor caught speed, fans believe that this supposed return could either be in the form of AI or simply a variant.

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Robert Downey Jr. in Avengers: Secret Wars?

Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. in Avengers: Endgame (2019).

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Thanks to Twitter-based scooper, @MyTimeToShineH, fans are once again beaming with hope to see Robert Downey Jr. return as Iron Man in the sixth Avengers film. The scoop stated that Downey will “for sure” be reprising his Iron Man role.

Fans were wondering how exactly this will come to fruition given the fact that the character died in Avengers: Endgame. Well, owing to the multiverse, the death of a character doesn’t seem to mean much anymore since they can be easily revived as a variant, should the Studios and the actors wish to do so. The theory fans most believe in is that Downey will return either as an AI or as a variant. According to them, the supposed reprisal could be as Superior Iron Man where Downey will play a villain, this time around.

A plausible theory of bringing back Tony Stark is to go back in time and bring a variant of him during the event of Avengers: Age of Ultron where he already started to have some idea about an impending cataclysmic event, and that only he can stop that from happening. That would mean that Tony Stark would have no knowledge of the events starting from Captain America: Civil War till his heroic demise in Avengers: Endgame. There is no doubt that this variant of Tony Stark would be of great use to the present Avengers to win the battle in Secret Wars. Although bringing him back seems like a good idea, it might backfire as the majority of the fans already think that his death in Avengers: Endgame was poetic and fitting and ended a decade-long build-up to his final story arc. The studio should make sure that if they are actually bringing him back it should serve a major purpose of the storyline and not just a cheap cameo for the sake of nostalgia and cheers.

Robert Downey Jr. Rumored to be in Another MCU Project

War Machine
Don Cheadle’s War Machine

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Apart from the possible role reprisal in Avengers: Secret Wars, the scoop also mentioned that there are discussions happening about adding Downey to the cast of Armor Wars. Armors Wars is the first solo MCU film for Don Cheadle’s James Rhodes aka War Machine. While the project was supposed to be a Disney+ series at first, it is now going to be released as a movie, giving Cheadle’s character the much-needed and long-awaited spotlight.

However, if RDJ does show up in Armor Wars there is a strong possibility that War Machine would no longer be the center of attention as fans would mainly be excited to see a cameo from their favorite Avenger. Only time will tell if the scoop has any credibility to it!                       

Avengers: Secret Wars is set to release on May 01, 2026

Source: Twitter


Written by Mishkaat Khan

Mishkaat is a medical student who found solace in content writing. Having worked in the industry for about three years, she has written about everything from medicine to literature and is now happy to enlight you about the world of entertainment. When not writing, she can be found obsessing over supernatural beings through books and TV.