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“Who doesn’t love a good paycheck”: Fans Slam Robert Downey Jr. for Reportedly Agreeing to MCU Return

Fans criticize the idea, stating that Marvel Studios has run out of ideas and wants to profit from Downey Jr.

fans slam robert downey jr. for reportedly agreeing to mcu return


  • Marvel introduced many new superheroes and villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), but none have achieved the same level of stardom as Robert Downey Jr.
  • In an attempt to save the franchise, executives have suggested bringing back Downey Jr.
  • Some fans suggest accepting his return only if he portrays the more arrogant and evil variant of Tony Stark, Superior Iron Man.

Even though Marvel has introduced several new superheroes and villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, none of them can close to the stardom and magnetism of Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/ Iron in the MCU. Ever since his debut in the franchise with his 2008 film, Iron Man, he laid the foundation of the first brick of the massive empire that he has helped in creating the multibillion-dollar superhero franchise.

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark

However, Robert Downey Jr. decided to part ways with the franchise in Avengers: Endgame, ending his long and successful tenure. Ever since his departure, the MCU has struggled to maintain its quality and popularity as they had back in the day. In an attempt to save the franchise from dying, executives have suggested bringing back the actor and an insider states the Oppenheimer actor has agreed to return. Resulting in backlash from the fans.

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Robert Downey Jr.’s Alleged Return To MCU Has Sent Fans Into a Frenzy

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/ Iron Man has been probably the most popular and fan-favorite character. His first portrayal of Tony Stark in the 2008 film was loved by the fans as he was charismatic and witty at the same time. Gradually, his popularity increased so much that he became the face of the franchise, accumulating insane amounts at the box office.

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

While the actor has retired from the role, Marvel executives have pitched an idea of bringing back the actor. However, an insider has tweeted that the actor has reportedly agreed to return to the franchise, reprising his role as Tony Stark/ Iron Man. 

However, fans were not pleased with the return of the star, as they bashed him on social media, sharing their opinions and how the actor went back on his word when he was asked about his condition to reprise his fan-favorite role of Iron Man.

Another fan questions the need to bring back the actor, when he is already 60 years old actor, and charges astronomical fees that take 1/4th of a film’s budget.


Another fan tweeted that everyone likes to be paid handsomely.

While fans were criticizing the decision some users mentioned that they would accept Robert Downey Jr.’s return only if he returned as the variant of Tony Stark, that is, Superior Iron Man, who is a more arrogant and evil version.

Another fan states that Marvel Studios has run out of ideas, hence, they are bringing back the Sherlock Holmes actor so that they can make money out of him.

While the idea of the actor’s return is having a mixed response among the fans, he has shared his only condition of returning to the franchise, and he said this long before the idea of his return was even pitched by the executive.

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Robert Downey Jr.’s Only Condition To Return To The MCU

After Doney Jr. departed from the franchise in 2019, he appeared on the Joe Rogan Experiencewhere he talked about his experience of working with Marvel, and how he has developed a great relationship with the Marvel Studios. Despite the great relationship, he grew tired of working with them, and he mentioned how he was keen on working on other stuff as well, rather than merely playing the role of Tony Stark/ Iron Man.

Robert Downey Jr in Avengers: Endgame
Robert Downey Jr in Avengers: Endgame

“There would have to be a super compelling argument and a series of events that made it obvious. But the other thing is, I wanna do other stuff.”

Since then, he has gone on to portray the character of Lewis Strauss in Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer. He believed that playing the same character would ruin his acting skills, as he had been playing it for ages.

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Tushar Auddy, Junior Content Writer. He has been in the entertainment industry for 3 years and is always on the lookout for a captivating story. He is a student of Linguistics and currently pursuing his Master's degree in the same field. He has a passion for literature that runs deep and loves nothing more than getting lost in a novel for hours on end. When he isn't reading, you'll find him capturing the beauty of language.