If there’s someone who has been with the MCU since its inception, then it’s Robert Downey Jr. Even though Marvel had doubts while casting him but his take on Iron Man remains one of the most beloved by fans of superhero cinema. 2008’s Iron Man was what began the entire live action superhero bandwagon. In the franchise, Tony Stark became a central figure in the various team-ups and sequels that followed. It all culminated with his onscreen death in last year’s Avengers: Endgame (although we wish they had kept that last scene with his adult daughter). So since Downey Jr. was with the MCU since its inception so people think that he must have a lot of influence on the studio, or at least more than others. Turns out, that’s kinda true actually….in a sense.
Robert Downey Jr. Wants To Mind Meld With His Collaborators
Robert Downey Jr. isn’t just an actor in the MCU, he is also a producer in his own right as well. This, along with his vaulted status in the MCU have led many to wonder just how much creative control he had in the MCU. During a recent appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience, Downey revealed that it’s a bit more nuanced than that, but that he always made a point to collaborate and form bonds with his castmates. He said on the podcast.
“I love that you think I had to have the authority [to say] ‘Did you cast this guy? Alright, let me get a taste of him. I’ll tell you if he can stick around. My M.O. is always ‘Let’s mind-meld. Let’s get together. Let’s work weekends. Let’s spend time together.’ Because you can’t replace that familiarity, so you have to try to build it. And sometimes, it happens very naturally. The whole Marvel universe- possibly without exception- just happens to be a really well-curated group of souls.”
Will Robert Downey Jr. Return As Iron Man Again?
His comments on the Marvel family does seem bittersweet especially in light of the fact he is no longer an active part of it. But when he was asked about the possibility of returning to the universe, he said:
“Yeah, anything could happen. I’m really enjoying…As far as I’m concerned, I hung up my guns and I’m good to let it go. I also think Marvel is on this journey now and they’re trying a bunch of other stuff, and I’m excited for them to see how all that goes. It’s hard to project.”
We are excited about upcoming Marvel projects but we do wish Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man was a part of it too.
Upcoming Marvel Studios projects include:
- Black Widow on May 1st
- The Falcon and The Winter Soldier in Fall of 2020
- The Eternals on November 6th, WandaVision in 2020
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on February 12, 2021
- Loki in Spring 2021
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 7, 2021
- Spider-Man 3 on July 16, 2021
- What If…? in Summer 2021
- Hawkeye in Fall 2021
- Thor: Love and Thunder on November 5, 2021
- Black Panther 2 on May 6, 2022.