After more than a decade of Robert Downey Jr. as the brilliant Tony Stark in Iron Man, it’s going to be hard to see a Marvel future without him.
And yet, we will! The A-lister is ready to move on, and we must come to terms with it.
Fortunately, there’s plenty of new MCU series on Disney Plus to keep us occupied.
If you’re holding out hope — don’t.
As it turns out, it makes sense for Tony Stark to stay dead despite the supernatural power of Marvel to undo and redo deaths at their will.
This doesn’t mean you won’t catch RBJ in projects outside of Marvel.
After all, he’s retiring from MCU, not Hollywood!
The Marvel Universe will be missing some familiar faces
The third movie in the Avengers series (Infinity War) shocked viewers when most of our favorite superheroes fell to their deaths at the giant hands of Thanos and his newly acquired six rings.
There wasn’t a jaw in theaters that wasn’t on the floor by the film’s end.
However, there was still hope for our Avengers and other MCU heroes as the battle was not over, and another film would surely bring them back — Endgame.
But that was not the case for ALL the heroes.
In fact, we saw the seemingly irreversible deaths of Iron Man, Black Widow, and Vision — although only two of the three actors won’t be back.
Scarlett Johansson confirmed her exit after her Black Widow film in an interview with Variety, saying she’s “really happy” with what she accomplished with Marvel, but feels “like [her]work with Natasha is complete.”
Likewise, RBJ told Hindustan Times:
“I’ve done all I could with that character and can do other things now. Now, being middle-aged, you start looking at the back nine and realize this is all part of the journey, and things end.”
It now makes sense for Tony Stark to stay dead after ‘Endgame’
As much as we all want to continue seeing RBJ play Tony Stark, all good things must come to an end eventually.
Fortunately, this doesn’t mean a complete end of the brilliant Tony Stark in general, just the one we’ve grown the most accustomed to.
There’s always the potential for flashbacks, prequels, etc.
His future is officially over, however.
The reasons lie within Disney Plus’ What If…? series. In the episode “What If… Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands,” we learn about the complications of… Brinkwire Entertainment short news.