Marvel Theory Makes Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man a Secret Psychopath, Responsible for One Avenger’s Brutal Death

Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man might have secretly been a psychopath all along!

Marvel Theory Makes Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man a Secret Psychopath, Responsible for One Avenger’s Brutal Death


  • Robert Downey Jr. portrayed the iconic role of Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for several years.
  • A theory on Reddit now claims that Iron Man was secretly a psychopath all along and the theory is not far-fetched from reality.
  • Causing the death of one of the beloved Avengers, the theory claims that Iron Man knew it all along!
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What the title says might actually be true. Robert Downey Jr.’s heroic Iron Man might just have been a secret psychopath who manipulated the death of a certain Avenger in the MCU. Yes, we know, it is hard to believe but this theory could very well be a far-fetched possibility.


Known for being the heroic man who saved half of the entire universe from going out of existence, Iron Man has been portrayed as quite an authoritative figure. Well, according to this theory, there might be a secret psychopath hidden beneath the armor suit!

Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man in Avengers: Endgame
Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man in Avengers: Endgame

Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man Might Secretly Be A Psychopath!

We do not like this theory as much as the fans hate it but there is a possibility. In the events of Avengers: Infinity War, Peter Quill realizes that Thanos sacrificed Gamora to get the Soul Stone from the planet Vormir.

Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow and Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye in the Vormir scene from Avengers: Endgame
Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye in the Vormir scene from Avengers: Endgame

With all hell breaking loose, Peter loses his cool, and in his mistake, Thanos slips away with the Time Stone. Well, Iron Man realizes that but what happens in the event of Avengers: Endgame is what seems to cause people to call him a psychopath. According to a theory on Reddit, it seems that Iron Man already knew that a sacrifice was going to be needed when the Avengers would reach the planet Vormir.

During the events of Avengers: Endgame, Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man sends Natasha Romanoff and Clint Barton to Vormir. According to the theory, there is a very specific reason why Downey Jr. chose to do that. With Barton and Romanoff having one of the best bonds among the Avengers, Iron Man knew that both wanted to prove their strength. Thus, the theory states that Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man knew of the consequences of his decisions and decided to go through it anyway.

Although calling him a psychopath is a bit far-stretched, it is reasonable to think that Iron Man had no other choice since he sacrificed himself at the end of Avengers: Endgame in the hopes of saving humanity and half of the universe.


Even Christopher Nolan Wanted To Work With Robert Downey Jr.!

Robert Downey Jr. and Cillian Murphy in a still from Oppenheimer
Robert Downey Jr. and Cillian Murphy in a still from Oppenheimer

During a recent appearance with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, veteran director Christopher Nolan talked about Robert Downey Jr.’s casting as Iron Man in the MCU. The director also mentioned that he wanted to work with the Sherlock Homes actor for a long time!

“He has this incredible generosity of spirit. It means that when he is in a scene with other people, he’s making sure that they’re all doing their best, that they are all able to bring their best to the table. He’s helping them clarify the connections, all the rest.”

He further continued,

“So I’ve always wanted to work with him. I’ve always seen that in his work. He has such charisma as Tony Stark. I think him playing Iron Man is one of the most consequential decisions that’s ever been made in the history of movie business.”

Portraying the role of Lewis Strauss in Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, Robert Downey Jr. received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. On the other hand, Nolan’s magnum opus of a film received a rating of 8.4/10 on IMDB and 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. The 2023 film is available to rent on Apple TV+ in the U.S.


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Visarg Acharya, Associate Content Writer, has been heavily involved in movies, series, and history. Having an experience of 2 years in the field of content writing, Visarg is a seasoned writer. Having a degree in Physics, Visarg Acharya has published a dissertation alongside a plethora of poems and short stories along the way.