Robert Downey Jr. spills what he misses about Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Tony Stark actor first appeared in the 2008 movie Iron Man as the genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist character. The success of the movie launched the entire MCU franchise, and the actor soon appeared in 11 of its films.
His character, Tony Stark, is one of the most significant members of the Avengers team. His performance in the 2019 Avengers: Endgame movie became an emotionally-charged finale that signaled his exit from the franchise.
Robert Downey Jr. Reveals What He Misses About MCU
Downey Jr. revealed in his interview with Deadline the things he misses most during his time with the MCU. Indeed, working with lots of personalities, directors, and actors for over a decade has created a massive impact on his life. Even his role as Iron Man made a major breakthrough in his career.
“What I miss most? Being in the trenches with Kevin Feige throughout; the beginning, with Jon Favreau, it’s like a beautiful dream now; the middle, with Shane Black on Iron Man 3, we’d just had Exton and shot it mostly in Wilmington N.C. It was idyllic and subversive. And The End, when I realized I’d made so many close friends in the MCU cast, and the Russo Brothers helping me embrace Tony’s arc.”
Surprisingly, Marvel Studios did not initially want the actor to star as Iron Man. It was director Jon Favreau who encouraged him to keep pushing for the role.
“I exchanged my previous obsession with an obsession for this role and landing it, and lest we forget, it was Favreau who was pushing for me but knew he had to play the politics or he would have no leverage moving forward.”
Fans couldn’t be more grateful that Favreau believed in him since the beginning, otherwise the fan base won’t have the iconic Tony Stark that they deserved. The character’s demise in Endgame was a bittersweet ending, although a proper send-off, so to speak. Downey Jr.’s time in the MCU was “an incredible 10-year run that was creatively satisfying.”
Iron Man’s Legacy Forever Etched In The Hearts Of MCU Fans
Many fans still hope for Robert Downey Jr. to return to the MCU, or at least make a cameo role in the form of an Artificial Intelligence. There have been rumors circulating about the actor’s possible role in the upcoming Armor Wars movie.
Downey Jr. has confirmed that he is done with Marvel projects, but seeing many superhero actors coming back to screens like Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Patrick Stewart, the possibility is always endless.
Marvel Studios’ Iron Man is available to stream via Disney+.