Robert Downey Jr. has completed his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and won’t be returning as superhero Iron Man, says Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige. Downey Jr. last portrayed the superhero in “The Avengers: Endgame” in 2019, when he died. Since then, fans have speculated about Tony Stark’s (Iron Man) return to the MCU.
In a new interview with Vanity Fair, Kevin Feige said, “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.”
Director Joe Russo, who directed “The Avengers: Infinity War” and “The Avengers: Endgame” with brother Anthony Russo, stated that the team had emotionally moved on from Downey Jr’s exit from the franchise.
“We’d 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,” Joe said.
Anthony recalled that the Hollywood star’s final word as the superhero was a “difficult thing” for him to deliver “When he did come back, we were shooting on a stage directly opposite where he auditioned for Tony Stark. So his last line as Tony Stark was shot literally a couple hundred feet from his original audition that got him the role,” Anthony said.