“Jeremy Renner made it so cool”- Will Robert Downey Jr Make MCU Return as Hawkeye Variant in Secret Wars? Iron Man Star Was Ready To Play Clint Barton if Iron Man Role Didn’t Work Out

Robert Downey Jr Make MCU Return as Hawkeye Variant in Secret Wars
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We all have one of those superheroes that we love more than anything and any other. It’s a natural process like breathing and talking about the MCU in your sleep. There are hordes of fans on both Marvel and DC who regularly fight battles on discussion forums and Twitter about whether Superman would be able to take on Thor and so much more, which is a beautiful thing to watch. The reasons can be varied and sometimes illogical, completely fueled by sentiments, or sometimes it can be the outside influence of someone that attracts you to that certain character.

Avengers: Secret Wars
The 2015 issue of Marvel’s Secret Wars’ multiversal superheroes

One such influence was when Jeremy Renner played his role of Hawkeye so well that Robert Downey Jr. was impressed.

In an interview a couple of years back, Robert Downey Jr said that Jeremy Renner was the guy that made Hawkeye so cool that he wanted to be him. Now it might not seem anything big then, but it starts to make sense when you think about the possibility of RDJ returning to the MCU, but not as Iron Man.


Robert Downey Jr. Loves Spider-Man And Hawkeye

Iron Man, starred by Robert Downey Jr.
Iron Man, starring Robert Downey Jr.

When it comes to people having their favorite superheroes in the MCU, Robert Downey Jr. is notoriously popular for becoming one of the factors for most of the fandom to choose Iron Man over the rest. RDJ, in every sense of the word, has taken the persona of Tony Stark and somehow made it his own, with his portrayal of the billionaire genius so true to the comic books and that charisma which captured the minds of the fandom. But during one of his interviews for Dr. Dolittle, Robert Downey Jr. revealed that he has superheroes that he likes other than Iron Man.

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During an interview with BBC Radio 1, Kids from all over the UK were eagerly asking the Sherlock Holmes actor some really hard questions, and the star was trying his level best to answer every single one of them truthfully, But when the question of his favorite superheroes from the MCU came forward, he didn’t hesitate one bit. Robert Downey Jr. revealed that he always liked Spider-Man while growing up, slinging through the streets of New York City. He also revealed that due to Jeremy Renner and his amazing performance as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, he wanted to play the character for himself once.


It’s been a while since RDJ said it, but now, after the multiversal expansion of the MCU, the possibilities of anything and everything has become endless. Through this thicket of theories, one might also state how Marvel Studios might be able to bring back Robert Downey Jr. into the MCU once again, but not as Tony Stark/Iron Man.

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Robert Downey Jr. Might Return To The MCU in Secret Wars!

Robert Downey Jr. in Avengers: Endgame.

Now, this might be a far-fetched theory, but at this point in the MCU, the most impossible seems possible. What if during the events of the Avengers: Secret Wars, there is an interdimensional jump between the heroes, and somehow, we might just get a version of Hawkeye, but instead of Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton, we witness Robert Downey Jr.’s instead? Seeing as there are a lot of versions of all of the major players in the multiverse, this theory shouldn’t come as a surprise, and with RDJ’s willingness to play the archer, who knows what this possibility might become in the future?

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Avengers: Secret Wars. in cinemas on May 1, 2026.


Source: BBC Radio 1





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