Marvel followers shouldn’t be checking for Robert Downey Jr. to reprise his position as Tony Stark/Iron Man within the Marvel universe.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed in an interview with Vanity Fair that regardless of reports otherwise, there aren’t any plans to resurrect the character after Downey Jr.’s final look in 2019’s “Avengers: Endgame.”
“We’re going to maintain that second and never contact that second once more,” Feige mentioned. “All of us labored very arduous for a few years to get to that, and we might by no means wish to magically undo it in any method.”
Downey Jr. was hesitant to even do reshoots for “Endgame,” in keeping with the movie’s co-director Joe Russo.
“We’d already mentioned tearful goodbyes on the final day of capturing. Everyone had moved on emotionally,” Russo instructed publication. “We promised him it might be the final time we made him do it — ever.”
His brother Anthony Russo, who co-directed “Endgame,” added, “That was a tough factor for him to do, to come back again to choose up that line.”
“When he (Downey Jr.) did come again, we have been capturing on a stage straight reverse the place he auditioned for Tony Stark,” Anthony Russo mentioned. “So his final line as Tony Stark was shot actually a pair hundred ft from his authentic audition that obtained him the position.”
In response to Feige, he needed to advocate for Downey Jr. to win the position of Stark within the Marvel franchise due to his previous struggles with substance abuse that led to him serving 15 months in jail.
“It purely got here all the way down to the Marvel board being nervous at placing all of their chips of their future movies on someone who famously had these authorized troubles previously,” Feige mentioned. “I wasn’t excellent—and I’m nonetheless not nice—at taking no for a solution. However I additionally don’t pound my chest to attempt to get my method. I attempt to determine methods to make it as clear to different folks why we must always head in a route. And that’s when the concept of a display screen take a look at got here up.”
Downey Jr.’s spouse, producer Susan Downey, mentioned her husband has turned down roles much like Stark over time. And in 2018, Downey Jr. instructed the Vainness Truthful author Anthony Breznican that regardless of makes an attempt to check him to the character, he’s his personal man.
“I ain’t him, I’ll let you know that flat out,” Downey Jr. mentioned on the time.