Robert Downey Jr. Felt He Overstayed His Welcome at Marvel? New Story Reveals Actor Wanted To “Get out before it’s too late”

Following Robert Downey Jr.'s adamancy to end things right, he was against tarnishing his Iron Man legacy by returning for more entries.

Robert Downey Jr. Felt He Overstayed His Welcome at Marvel? New Story Reveals Actor Wanted To “Get out before it’s too late”


  • Robert Downey Jr. is adamant about ending things at the right time and the same went with his MCU release.
  • Prior to ending his iconic run as Iron Man, RDJ considered leaving the part at the high point rather than tarnishing his legacy.
  • Iron Man's undeniable impact isn't going to be undone clarified Kevin Feige.
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While Robert Downey Jr. wasn’t seen as the optimal choice to star in the MCU back during its inception, it didn’t take the actor long to change his public perception. And over a decade later since the first Iron Man, which kickstarted it all for the multi-billion-dollar mega-franchise, the Tropic Thunder Star is now one of the biggest names in Hollywood.


However, prior to getting killed in Avengers: Endgame, considered one of the most powerful moments in the MCU, there were times when the actor considered parting ways with Tony Stark.


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Robert Downey Jr. in a still from Iron Man
Robert Downey Jr. | Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr. Was Fixated on Finishing His Iron Man Run on a High Note

While Robert Downey Jr. loved playing Tony Stark in the role, the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Star was adamant about not wanting to overstay his welcome, which goes with everything for the actor. Speaking of her husband, producer Susan Downey said (Vanity Fair),


“He is very conscious of a beginning, middle, and end to telling stories… And he is also very conscious of not wanting to overstay a welcome, knowing when to get out before it’s too late and you regret that you didn’t.”

The Oppenheimer Star, who is now a favorite for 2023’s Oscars for the Best Supporting Actor category, said he wasn’t ready to blow his previous MCU outings by dropping the ball with the next one. But despite being reluctant about tarnishing his legacy by sticking with the role more than he should, he was left disappointed after finding out there was no standalone Iron Man 4 in the talks after the threequel.

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Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man in a still from Avengers: Endgame
Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Marvel Isn’t Going to Pull a Hail Marry by Bringing Back RDJ

But despite Downey’s doubt about sticking to the role for more than he should have, his stay in the MCU was nothing short of remarkable, and the end to his iconic run remains one of MCU’s best moments. And while rumors claimed the MCU was planning to undo it by bringing Iron Man back for the multiversal showdown, Kevin Feige put an end to those rumors, ensuring they aren’t going to hinder his legacy. He was quoted saying,

“We are going to keep that moment and not touch that moment again,” Feige said. “We all worked very hard for many years to get to that, and we would never want to magically undo it in any way.”

Also read: Loki vs. Iron Man Debate Takes Over the MCU After Kevin Feige Crushes All Hopes of Robert Downey Jr.’s Return

A still from Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer (2023)

While Iron Man remains one of the biggest cornerstones of Robert Downey Jr.’s career, time and time again, the actor has proved that he is more than just a fast-talking billionaire. And with Oppenheimer starting a new chapter in the actor’s career, it’ll be interesting to see how things proceed for him in the future.


Written by Santanu Roy

Santanu Roy is a film enthusiast with a deep love for the medium of animation while also being obsessed with The Everly Brothers, Billy Joel, and The Platters. Having expertise in everything related to Batman, Santanu spends most of his time watching and learning films, with Martin Scorsese and Park Chan-wook being his personal favorites. Apart from pursuing a degree in animation, he also possesses a deep fondness for narrative-driven games and is currently a writer at Fandomwire with over 1000 articles.