The Avengers are in Trouble: Robert Downey Jr. Returns as Most Evil Iron Man Variant in Secret Wars Art

Robert Downey Jr. could return to the MCU, though this time, in a not-so-heroic version of his character.

The Avengers are in Trouble: Robert Downey Jr. Returns as Most Evil Iron Man Variant in Secret Wars Art


  • An Avengers: Secret Wars fan art shows how Robert Downey Jr. could return to the MCU.
  • In the digital art, RDJ can be seen as the most evil version of his character, Superior Iron Man.
  • Since Secret Wars is already expected to bring multiple characters from the past and from different multiverses into the story, RDJ returning as an evil variant doesn't seem impossible.
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Chris Evans’ Captain America may have been the captain but it was Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man who truly led the Avengers to victory. This was why fans were campaigning to bring the sassily genius character to return to the franchise after his devastating sacrificial death in Avengers: Endgame.


And their dream just might come true, as per one fan art that showed the Avengers to be in trouble.

Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man

While before, it was Avengers: Secret Wars that was presumed to be the perfect option to bring Iron Man back since the film would reportedly feature variants from different multiverses, this Secret Wars fan art seemingly confirmed the option.


So if Marvel does wish to bring Downey Jr.’s character back, it can do that, but this time, it would be in the complete opposite personality as the most evil variant of the fan-favorite character, as per the fan art.

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Secret Wars Fan Art Shows Robert Downey Jr.’s Character In His Most Evil Version

Fan art featuring Robert Downey Jr. as Superior Iron Man in Avengers: Secret Wars (@marvels.wolverine | IG)
Robert Downey Jr. as Superior Iron Man in Avengers: Secret Wars fanart (@marvels.wolverine | IG)

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Robert Downey Jr. may have given the most perfect performance as the fan-favorite heroic character Iron Man aka Tony Stark before sacrificing himself to save humanity, but his return to the franchise might not be so heroic after all, as per a fanart.

Digital artist @marvels.wolverine on Instagram recently took to the platform to share digital fan art of the Oppenheimer star in the suit of Superior Iron Man in the 2027 scheduled film that would conclude the Multiverse Saga, Avengers: Secret Wars.


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Since Secret Wars is already expected to bring multiple characters from the past and from different multiverses into the story in the same way as Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and the soon-to-be-released Deadpool 3, this does not seem like an impossible option.


Furthermore, since Avengers: Endgame had notably eliminated three of its fan-favorite characters, i.e. Iron Man, Black Widow, and Captain America — with two of them sacrificing themselves and one passing on his mantle to Falcon — this would be a good chance to bring them all back.

Then there are all the fan campaigns wanting Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and Robert Downey Jr. to finally return to the franchise, even if it’s in different and perhaps more evil-inclined variants of themselves (like that of Tony Stark in the fan art).

This would fulfill fans’ heartiest desires to see their favorite stars back in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well. Thus, adapting storylines similar to the 2015 Marvel Comics event and bringing these characters back would be more than just a successful option for the MCU.


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Who Really Is Superior Iron Man As Seen In Secret Wars Fan Art?

Superior Iron Man
Superior Iron Man

While the die-hard comic book fans must be aware of who Superior Iron Man is to the core, this one is for the non-comic book fans, who prefer to stick more to the onscreen material than the one in books, or the ones in the middle, who are comfortable with both.

Superior Iron Man is actually one of the most evil prime antagonists in the titular miniseries in Marvel Comics from Earth-TRN517. If anything, he is the complete opposite of the Tony Stark that fans have come to love and is more of a fully-fledged bad guy rather than a morally dubious one.


He was created during the Axis event when the morality of Earth’s mightiest heroes as well as villains got reversed by magic to instead become totally contrary characters as compared to the actual original ones.

Although the spell gets undone later on and things return to normal, this corrupt version of Stark somehow manages to shield himself from the reverse spell, wounding up retaining his immoral personality and gaining the title of becoming the worst version of Iron Man possible.

Later on, in Issue #44 of The Avengers (2013), this version of Robert Downey Jr.’s character gets killed during the incursion crisis as the original Marvel Universe and the Ultimate Universe collide together, resulting in complete destruction.


The fact that he was killed is also one very good reason why the MCU could decide to bring him back through Avengers: Secret Wars with Robert Downey Jr. giving as exceptional a performance as him as can be expected from him.


Written by Mahin Sultan

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