Robert Downey Jr. Says That Marvel Thrives On Challenges, Cites Smart Hulk As An Example

Robert Downey Jr. was talking with Joe Rogan on his podcast about Smart Hulk.
Even before Endgame came out, people were speculating about getting this version of Hulk. But Downey Jr. says that pulling it off was nothing short of amazing. Downey Jr. said that Smart Hulk was a great example of Marvel’s creative team overcoming adversity to come out stronger (even though a lot of Smart Hulk scenes with Thanos was deleted)
Robert Downey Jr. said that:
“After so many times, and this is the genius of people who break and shape stories over there, Feige and his team as they go, ‘He’s Hulk then he’s not Hulk, he’s Hulk, it’s a big battle, oh, he’s so conflicted…What if he could meet himself in the middle?’ Then, what corner have we painted ourselves in by having him meet himself in the middle because then you can’t ever…If that doesn’t work, you can’t go back to the way it was. You’ve done it. Or, you can go back to the way it was.” 
He further explained that the Russo Brothers thrive on challenges. Downey Jr. said that:
“Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. They go, ‘We love writing ourselves into a corner. We love it.’ Because, then, it activates all of those ‘How do we get out of purgatory juices’ and then you get the next right idea.” 

Will Robert Downey Jr. Return As Iron Man In The MCU?

Will Robert Downey Jr. ever return as Iron Man again in the MCU? Pic courtesy: cosmicbooknews.com

Will Robert Downey Jr. ever return as Iron Man again in the MCU? Pic courtesy: cosmicbooknews.com

 

“To me, starting up again is off the table. I feel like I’ve done all I could with that character. 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.” 
He later on 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.”
It looks like Robert Downey Jr. is done as Iron Man for now and while we will never be over Iron Man, it’s time to let the man try out new things.