Robert Downey Jr has finally spoken out about his future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and fans have had some strong reactions…
The character first hit screens in 2008 and has since been cemented as a firm fan favorite.
But, this week, he has spoken out about his future in Marvel once and for all.
The star made his earliest feature film appearances movies including Baby, It’s You (1983), Firstborn (1984), Weird Science (1985), and Back to School (1986).
But he really started to capture mainstream attention on Saturday Night Live.
The up-and-coming actor was a regular cast member of the infamous sketch show from 1985 to ’86.
The star played a charming womanizer in The Pick-up Artist (1987), a romantic comedy co-starring Molly Ringwald.
The actor bagged the role of the drug-taking party lover Julian Wells in Less Than Zero, in which he co-starred with Andrew McCarthy.
Behind the scenes, the star’s career has been marred with substance abuse problems.
“Until that movie, I took my drugs after work and on the weekends,” he later explained.
“The character was an exaggeration of myself. Then things changed, and, in some ways, I became an exaggeration of the character. That lasted far longer than it needed to last.”
Robert’s struggles with drugs and alcohol would continue.
And he quickly established himself as a successful Hollywood actor.
Including the likes of 1992’s Chaplin and 1994’s successful yet controversial Natural Born Killers.
But sadly, his personal life was derailing again.
He was also found to be in possession of drugs at the time.
Then, less than a month later, and just a few hours before he was going to be charged, he was found passed out in a neighbor’s house.
Robert’s personal life was a mixture of headline-hitting antics related to his ongoing substance abuse issues – including a twelve-month prison stay and another stint in rehab.
And even went on to pick up a 2001 Golden Globe Award as well as a Screen Actor’s Guild Award soon after.
… Iron Man.
And saw Robert step into the role of the wealthy industrialist-turned-crime fighter Tony Stark in the smash-hit Marvel flick.
And led to the release of sequels in both 2010 and 2013.
Robert’s Iron Man character was back in action in the Avengers movie too.
The actor has also gone on to reprise the iconic role for Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015); Captain America: Civil War (2016); Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017); Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019).
As the MCU moves towards its future projects, it seems it’s time to say a final goodbye to one of its original superheroes.
Those Marvel buffs among us will be well aware of what happened in Avengers: Endgame.
Robert’s time in the smash-hit franchise seemingly came to an obvious close after his sacrifice via Infinity Gauntlet to save the universe.
Anything is possible as far as Marvel is concerned – so just because a character is dead, it doesn’t mean they are gone for good.
It’s bad news for fans holding out hope for a big Iron Man return to the MCU.
In a new interview on the SmartLess Podcast, Robert confirmed the news many had been dreading.
He replied with a simple “that’s all done.”
He has said on a couple other occasions how anything is possible on a return to the series, but this new statement seems to confirm that we have seen the end of Robert in the franchise.
And it seems many are devastated by the news.
It just did.
Looks like there are a few fans still clinging onto hope.
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