Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has definitively ruled out the possibility of Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man making a return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). During a Vanity Fair interview, Feige discussed the significant and lasting impact of Tony Stark’s final moments in Avengers: Endgame.
“We are going to keep that moment and not touch that moment again,” Feige said, “We all worked very hard for many years to get to that, and we would never want to magically undo it in any way.”
Kevin Feige says they won't resurrect Iron Man
"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"
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Feige’s comments arise amid speculations about the potential return of the original Avengers in upcoming MCU phases. Nevertheless, he categorically rejected any idea of reversing Iron Man’s sacrificial conclusion. This stance remains unwavering despite recent challenges faced by Marvel at the box office and the introduction of the multiverse concept, triggering discussions about potential character resurrections.
Apart from Feige’s position, Downey Jr. has displayed no inclination to revisit the iconic role. His Marvel journey was transformative, commencing with his surprising casting as Tony Stark in 2008. Initially, the studio hesitated due to Downey’s previous legal troubles, considering other actors such as Tom Cruise. However, with the advocacy of Feige and director Jon Favreau, Downey Jr. underwent a pivotal screen test that ultimately secured his casting.
“It purely came down to the Marvel board being nervous at putting all of their chips in their future films on somebody who famously had those legal troubles in the past,” Feige revealed, “I wasn’t very good — and I’m still not great — at taking no for an answer. But I also don’t pound my chest to try to get my way. I try to figure out ways to make it as clear to other people why we should head in a direction. And that’s when the idea of a screen test came up.”
Downey’s depiction of Iron Man not only rejuvenated his career but also left an indelible mark on the superhero genre. Emerging as a pivotal figure in the MCU, he went beyond his on-screen role, advocating for improved compensation for his co-stars during negotiations for The Avengers.
Although Downey’s portrayal of Iron Man played a pivotal role in shaping the MCU, Feige’s recent statements firmly establish that the character’s era has concluded. This signifies a fresh chapter for Marvel, forging ahead without one of its most cherished heroes, as it navigates the intricacies of a continually expanding cinematic universe.
Source: Geek Culture