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‘I’d made so many close friends in the MCU cast’: Iron Man Star Robert Downey Jr Misses His Marvel Co-Stars the Most After Retiring from Marvel

Robert Downey Jr and co-stars
Robert Downey Jr and co-stars

Robert Downey Jr. played the MCU superhero Iron Man for more than a decade. Fan saw their favorite superhero for the last time in Avengers: Endgame and eagerly await his return to the cinematic universe. However, the Iron Man actor has said that he is not planning to return to the MCU anytime soon. But rumors exist about his possible return in the upcoming Avengers films, The Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars.

Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr.

Although the studio has not confirmed anything, fans are hopeful with the possibility that they would see their favorite superhero back in the action. As for Downey Jr, the actor does claim that he does not regret leaving, but there are still some things he misses about working in the MCU.

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What Does Robert Downey Jr. Miss Most About the MCU?

Robert Downey Jr. recounts his life along with his father’s career in the latest Netflix documentary Sr. The documentary is Downey Jr’s tribute to his late father and filmmaker Robert Downey Sr. It was initially released in theatres on 18 November 2022 and was recently released on 2 December 2022 on Netflix.

Robert Downey Jr. with his father
Robert Downey Jr. with his father

The Due Date star recently sat down with Deadline to talk about the documentary. While discussing what the documentary means, he also mentioned some things he misses about working in the MCU.

When he was asked what’s the one thing he misses most about being the center of the MCU, the Tropic Thunder star stated three segments of his MCU journey, the beginning, the middle, and the end.

“What I miss most? Being in the trenches with Kevin Feige throughout; the beginning, with Jon Favreau, it’s like a beautiful dream now; the middle, with Shane Black on Iron Man 3, we’d just had Exton and shot it mostly in Wilmington NC. It was idyllic and subversive. And The End, when I realized I’d made so many close friends in the MCU cast, and the Russo Brothers helping me embrace Tony’s arc.”

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The Avengers (2012) cast
The Avengers (2012) cast

He mentioned that as it all came to an end, he realized he has made so many close friends while working in the MCU. The actor has been friends with the Avengers cast since the 2012 Avengers, in which all six members team up for the first time.

Not just Robert Downey Jr., but his co-stars, also praised the actor for his work. Chris Evans, who has also been in the MCU for a long time, has said that Downey Jr is irreplaceable as Tony Stark.

The Sherlock Holmes star is also good friends with Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner and he is particularly close to the Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo.

The Judge star convinced him to accept the role of Hulk, as they have been close friends even before starring in Avengers. Not just in real life, but their characters in the MCU are also very good friends.

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Fans Still Waiting For Iron Man’s Return in the MCU

It’s been almost four years since fans saw Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. The actor appeared in the 2019 Avengers: Endgame, which became the last film for him and his character.

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

However, even after all this time, Downey Jr’s return to the MCU is still one of the hottest topics among fans. Endgame seemed like the perfect send-off for the character, but fans don’t feel that the MCU is the same without the original Avengers.

As Marvel fans are well aware of the fact that if the studio wishes to they can easily bring him back, and this has been a ray of hope for them. As the MCU moves towards The Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars, fans are also expecting Iron Man would once again join the MCU. There are also rumors that he may have a special appearance as an AI in the upcoming film Armor Wars.

Robert Downey Jr’s latest documentary Sr. is available to stream on Netflix.

Source: Deadline

Written by Laxmi Rajput

Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.