If there is something that the MCU fans miss from the old days of Marvel Studios, then it has to be the appearances of the OG Avengers in the timeline. And who can forget Robert Downey Jr., the one that paved the path for the MCU to run on, where it now travels faster than the speed of light. But with the happiness that Iron Man brought to the faces of millions of fans, his departure from the franchise was also the thing that brought them all to tears.
And now, after the death of Tony Stark in the MCU, the absence of Iron Man is weighing down heavily on all the superheroes, especially when Phase 5 of the MCU is all set to bring the next big bad of the franchise in the form of Kang The Conquerer. Although Kang may be the next supervillain threatening the Multiverse, Jonathan Majors, who plays the role of Kang, may just have brought some good news to all the fans who had hopes of seeing Iron Man once again.
Jonathan Majors Might Have Just Hinted At Robert Downey Jr.’s Return To The MCU!
Just like many from the MCU fandom, stars that are big admirers of Robert Downey Jr. and his exceptional and lifelike portrayal of Tony Stark in the films were heartbroken to see the end of the character in Avengers: Endgame after a decade of giving it his all to the role. But the true fans of Marvel Comics knew that they could still cling to hope that they would definitely see Downey Jr. once again, which could become a possible thanks to the Multiverse Saga that would come after Phase 4.
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And it seems like the fans were right to keep hope for his return, as Jonathan Majors, the star who is in line to play the role of the next MCU supervillain Kang The Conquerer, has hinted that the Tropic Thunder star might reprise his role as Iron Man. In a recent interview with Life Hacker, the Devotion actor expressed his wish to act alongside Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. Majors revealed that he had been a big fan of the actor’s career as Tony Stark and beyond. During the interview, he said:
“This is like a Robert Downey Jr. day, he just keeps popping in [to my head]. Like, I know he’s an OG. I mean, he’s one of the originals. I’m just such a huge fan of him as an actor. I think what he did with Iron Man was such a gift to the culture at large. I would love to be across from him on screen to see how our philosophies, acting-wise and character-wise, just personally, match up. You know, I find him to be such a fascinating artist, which is why Iron Man is so fascinating. His portrayal of Iron Man is so fascinating and he represents a very clear worldview and energy of the Avengers. And I think Kang represents a different era. It’d be really interesting to see those two kinds of come together and have a bit of conversation.”
With the rumors about the return of Robert Downey Jr. erupting from everywhere in recent times, this can be a subtle hint by the Kang star to rest the antsy fans at ease.
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When Will We See Robert Downey Jr.’s Return To The MCU?
Well, it’s hard to pinpoint when we would see the star back in the most iconic role of his career, or whether we will see him at all. But we can definitely speculate with the available hints. With the series of rumors floating around, it seems like we can expect a reappearance of Tony Stark in the upcoming Armor Wars as either himself in the flesh or as a sentient AI, because he is Tony Stark. Also, there are rumors we might see a Tony Stark from another universe altogether, seeing as the Multiverse Saga is all set to become the next chapter of the MCU timeline, possibly in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.
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Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, releasing in cinemas on 2 May 2025.