“Never, ever bet against Kevin Feige”: Robert Downey Jr. Hints Marvel Return After Historic Marvel Win to Save the MCU from Total Collapse

Robert Downey Jr. is open to reprise his role as Iron Man in the MCU. 

“Never, ever bet against Kevin Feige”: Robert Downey Jr. Hints Marvel Return After Historic Marvel Win to Save the MCU from Total Collapse

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  • Known for portraying the role of Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. has solidified himself as one of the most cherished stars in the MCU.
  • Following his departure with Avengers: Endgame, there has been eager anticipation for his possible return to the franchise.
  • And the the Oscar-winning actor has subtly hinted at his return to the MCU, as he expressed that he would gladly return to the cinematic universe.
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Embodying the role of the iconic superhero Iron Man for over a decade, Robert Downey Jr. has solidified himself as one of the most beloved stars in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His remarkable journey as the MCU’s beloved superhero reached its conclusion with the 2019 film Avengers: Endgame, leaving fans devastated.

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Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man
Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man

There has been eager anticipation for his possible return to the franchise, especially as it delves into the multiversal realm. While the studio is yet to officially confirm his potential comeback as Iron Man, the Academy Award-winning actor has subtly hinted at his return to the MCU, as he expressed that he would gladly return to the cinematic universe.

Robert Downey Jr. is Open to Returning to the MCU as Iron Man

Since his departure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Robert Downey Jr. has ventured into acclaimed projects such as starring in the Oscar-winning film and earning an Academy Award for his exceptional performance in Oppenheimer.

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Iron Man (2008)
Iron Man (2008)

In his recent interview with Esquire, he was asked about the possibility of returning to the superhero universe as an Academy Award winner. And the 59-year-old actor has expressed willingness to return to the superhero universe, stating, “Happily. It’s too integral a part of my DNA. That role chose me.”

He also hinted at his potential comeback to the franchise as he expressed unwavering confidence in Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. The actor implied that the decisions made under his guidance are bound to succeed, suggesting that he may indeed return to the MCU if approached by Feige with an enticing offer. The Iron Man star said,

“And look, I always say, Never, ever bet against Kevin Feige. It is a losing bet. He’s the house. He will always win.”

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

While there hasn’t been official confirmation of his return to the franchise, fans have eagerly anticipated the possibility of seeing their favorite superhero once again. And Downey Jr.’s openness to the idea of reprising his iconic role offers a new source of hope for fans.

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Robert Downey Jr. Believes Some of His Best Work Didn’t Get the Recognition

Robert Downey Jr. has gained immense praise and acclaim for his portrayal of Tony Stark, aka Iron Man in the MCU. However, the actor believes that some of the finest work of his career has been overlooked because of its genre.

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in a still from Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3 (2013)

During an appearance on the Literally! With Rob Lowe podcast, he expressed feeling a sense of vulnerability after leaving the franchise, as he acknowledged that his talents may have been undervalued within the superhero framework.

“I felt so exposed after being in the cocoon of Marvel where I think I did some of the best work I will ever do, but it went a little bit unnoticed because of the genre.”

He further reflected on the poorly received 2020 film Dolittle and described the experience as a “favor” to himself, suggesting that it forced him to confront his own vulnerabilities and reevaluate his understanding of confidence and security.

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Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. in Oppenheimer

The Avengers star also expressed gratitude for the opportunity to work with Christopher Nolan on Oppenheimer, implying that the experience came at the right time for him to learn and grow as an actor. Downey Jr. is now set to star in the upcoming black comedy-drama The Sympathizer, which is expected to premiere on Max on April 14, 2024.

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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.