Robert Downey Jr.’s finished his portrayal of Tony Stark/Iron Man in 2019’s “Avengers: Endgame,” wrapping a run of ten films over eleven years and leaving the franchise on a high.
Recently however there’s been a ton of online speculation about his potential return be it in the multiverse-spanning “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty” and “Avengers: Secret Wars” films, or sooner due to Marvel’s recent critical and box-office woes.
Though Marvel has brought back characters who have previously died, Marvel President Kevin Feige says that won’t happen with Tony Stark and he’s emphasised how important it was to preserve the impact of Tony’s death in ‘Endgame’.
Speaking to Vanity Fair, Feige says despite the multiverse shenanigans going on there was no plans to revisit Downey’s emotional farewell:
“We are going to keep that moment and not touch that moment again. We all worked very hard for many years to get to that, and we would never want to magically undo it in any way.”
Joe Russo, who co-directed “Avengers: Endgame,” revealed Downey was reluctant to even shoot additional dialogue for the film as the character:
“We already said tearful goodbyes on the last day of shooting. Everybody had moved on emotionally. We promised him it would be the last time we made him do it—ever.”
Downey Jr. himself seems to have moved on, scoring rave reviews for his work this year in Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer”. The comments follow on from actor Chris Evans also denying the recent reports, saying he has not yet been asked to return.