"Is Iron Man Returning to the MCU?" 3 Films That Could Bring Robert Downey Jr. Back To Marvel Movies
Robert Downey Jr. is expected to re-enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) through three upcoming MCU films.-
After the iconic portrayal of Iron Man that began the MCU journey in 2008 and culminated with his character's demise in Avengers: Endgame in 2019, fans have been eager to see if Robert Downey Jr. would ever be able to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here's a look at three potential MCU films where his return could be possible:
1) Armor Wars:
Don Cheadle's upcoming solo film, "Armor Wars," will explore the legacy of Iron Man, focusing on advanced Stark technology falling into the wrong hands. While this movie may not involve time travel or the multiverse, there's speculation that Downey Jr.'s return could be facilitated, possibly as an A.I. voice or through flashbacks. Marvel Studios may aim for a grand comeback moment for Iron Man.
2) Avengers: The Kang Dynasty:
With the multiverse playing a central role in the MCU, "Avengers: The Kang Dynasty" presents an opportunity to bring in a variant of Robert Downey Jr.'s hero. However, given the importance of introducing new heroes, it's uncertain if Iron Man will be a part of this ensemble. A post-credits scene teasing his return might be more likely.
3) Avengers: Secret Wars:
The most probable return for Iron Man could be in "Avengers: Secret Wars". By 2027, enough time will have passed since his last appearance to make his return feel significant. This film is expected to bring back classic Marvel heroes and could provide a perfect opportunity to reintroduce Iron Man into the MCU. However, his role is likely to be balanced to ensure it complements the current roster.
Will Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man ever make a comeback?
Robert Downey Jr. has always maintained a "never say never" attitude towards a possible MCU return, but it would require the right storyline. So, the actor is unlikely to return solely for fan service but rather for a storyline that justifies his inclusion in a meaningful way.
Whatever the project, Downey Jr.'s part will probably end up being something more than a cameo to make sure his comeback feels deserving and valuable.
However, since that time has passed, viewers shouldn't count on seeing Iron Man take over as captain of the Avengers or serve as the main character in any upcoming MCU movies.
According to the sources, Robert Downey Jr. has expressed openness to an MCU return if the right storyline emerges. His comeback will likely go beyond a mere cameo to justify its significance. Fans eagerly await official confirmation, and as demonstrated by "Spider-Man: No Way Home," even rumours of returning favourites can generate tremendous excitement and box office success.
Furthermore, "Avengers: The Kang Dynasty" is all set to release on May 1, 2026, followed by "Avengers: Secret Wars" on May 7, 2027, while the movie "Armor Wars" awaits an official release date confirmation.